Indira Ganesan was born in Srirangam, India, and moved to St. Louis, Missouri, at age five. She is the author of two novels, The Journey and Inheritance. She was awarded fellowships at the Paden Institute for Writers of Color in Essex, N.Y., the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the MacDowell Colony. She was also a Vassar College W.K. Rose Fellow and was nominated as a finalist in Grantaís Best Young American Novelists Under Forty contest. Inheritance was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection for Winter 1998.
Ganesanís writings have appeared in Newsday, Antaeus, Glamour, Seventeen, the Mississippi Review, the Womenís Review of Books and the anthology Half & Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial & Bicultural. Most recently she wrote the introduction for the Signet Classic edition of Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya.
Ganesan received her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and her BA from Vassar College. She has taught at Vassar College, Radcliff College, the University of Missouri, the University of California at San Diego and the University of California at Santa Cruz. She also has been a radio program host, envelope stuffer at Princetonís Coalition for Peace Action and deli sandwich maker.
At present, Ganesan teaches at Southampton College of Long Island University and Lesley University. She is also fiction editor of Many Mountains Moving literary magazine and is working on a novel, Finding Her Way Home.