Photo: Annette Hornischer

Writer, and Assistant Professor of English, University of Minnesota

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction - Class of Fall 2017


V.V. Ganeshananthan, a journalist and fiction writer, is the author of Love Marriage (Random House, 2008). The novel, set in Sri Lanka and some of its diaspora communities, was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named by the Washington Post as a best book of 2008. She completed her BA at Harvard College, MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and MA in arts and culture journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Ganeshananthan has been named a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and a Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellow in Fiction, and has received support from Yaddo and MacDowell. She has been the Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and a visiting assistant professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In the fall of 2015, she began teaching in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota. Ganeshananthan’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Himal Southasian, and Ploughshares, among others. A former vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association, she has also served on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is a founding member of Lanka Solidarity and a member of the board of directors of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies.