Indira Ganesan has written three novels, As Sweet as Honey, Inheritance, and The Journey. She held fellowships from the Paden Institute for Writers of Color, the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in addition to the W. K. Rose Fellowship. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Antaeus, Black Renaissance, and Half and Half: Writers on Biracialism & Biculturalism. She teaches at Emerson College, is working on a new novel, and reviews books
for Phi Beta Kappa’s thekeyreporter.org. She can be heard Sunday mornings 6am-9am hosting Namaste & More, a global music program on WOMR-FM .
I was born in 1960 in Srirangam, India, and came to the U.S. in 1965, first to St. Louis, MO, and later to Rockland County, NY. I grew up with stories, from the Ramayana and Aesop’s Fables, and saw Snow White on the big screen around as a small child. Hair as black as coal was something I could identify with at least.
In India for my first college year, I studied Fine Arts at Stella Maris College in Madras, now Chennai. I returned to the U.S. to complete my BA at Vassar College and received an MFA at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I had two years at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA as a Fellow (1984-860, and stayed another year to finish my first novel. I worked for the artist Myron Stout as a secretary and reader, and later became an assistant manager at a local art gallery. I became a DJ on the local community radio station. My first novel, The Journey, set on the fictional Island of Pi, was accepted for publication in 1987 by Alfred A. Knopf, and came out in 1990.
After living in NY and NJ, and working as a proofreader in Manhattan, and at the Box Office at McCarter Theater in Princeton, I became an itinerant college teacher, in Missouri, San Diego, and Santa Cruz. Granta nominated me for their first Best American Writers campaign, as a regional finalist. My second novel, Inheritance, came out from Secker and Wartburg, in England in 1997, and from Knopf in 1998. It was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Book that year. I held a Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe College in MA in 1997-98.
While teaching in Southampton, Long Island, I began As Sweet As Honey and completed it in Boulder, CO. It came out from Knopf in 2013, when I moved back to Provincetown as a Fine Arts Work Center Long-Term Resident, and garnered a shout-out in People magazine.
English-language editions of my books are variously available from Vintage Books, Beacon Press, Random House e-books, HarperCollinsIndia, Secker & Warburg UK, & Vintage UK. Translations appear in French, German, Greek, and Japanese.
The Journey was selected as one of 52 Finalists in Granta’s 1995 Best Young American Novelists under Forty campaign. Inheritance
I teach fiction writing and literature at Emerson College. Previously, I taught at Naropa University; University of Colorado-Boulder; New College of California; Lesley University; Long Island University-Southampton; University of California-Santa Cruz; University of California-San Diego; University of Missouri-Columbia and Vassar College.
In addition to the Bunting & FAWC, I am grateful for fellowships from The North County Paden Institute for Writers of Color; The W.K. Rose Fellowship at Vassar College; and The MacDowell Colony.
This is more resume in a life that aches often for art, but I’m often in my books, in my garden, and drinking coffee with my friends and family.