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Profile: V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan

Title: Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing
M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop,  2005
M.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2007

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V.V. GANESHANANTHAN, a fiction writer and journalist, is a graduate of Harvard College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the M.A. program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Bollinger Fellow specializing in arts and culture journalism.

Her work has appeared in Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Himal Southasian, and The American Prospect, among others. A former vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association and former board member of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, she currently serves on the graduate board of The Harvard Crimson.

She previously taught creative writing at Skidmore College. She has been awarded fellowships from Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, and The MacDowell Colony.

Random House published her first novel, Love Marriage, in April 2008. The book was longlisted for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.
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Research Interests

Primary Interests

the novel, short stories, creative nonfiction, South Asia, Sri Lanka, journalism, literature of war, political fiction

Secondary Interests

media criticism, coverage of gender/race/ethnicity in mainstream media, humor/comedy/gender in literature and performance


"Heap of Trouble," Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 2012.
"The Politics of Grief," Granta Online, August 28, 2011. 
Granta 109, Winter 2010.
"Context M.I.A.," Columbia Journalism Review Online, June 3, 2010.
"Two Mr. Foxes, Two Views of Food," Atlantic Monthly Online, December 14, 2009
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