P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Janani Sreenivasan, 2004


Janani Sreenivasan is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Creative Writing at University of Iowa

JANANI SREENIVASAN writes for the New Yorker and Toast. Previously, she was the Managing Editor of Cabinet Magazine in New York.

Janani's parents emigrated from South India to the United States in 1976 and are naturalized citizens. Born in 1983, Janani grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, where her parents and her first writing mentor, Alice Ann Eberman, still live.

Janani graduated from Princeton University in 2004 with a degree in history. She studied writing with Suzanne Paola, Susan Lohafer, Patricia Foster, and three Johns: Seabrook, D'Agata, and McPhee. In 2007 she received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa.

Janani's author crushes are Patricia Highsmith, Hans Christian Andersen, and Henry James.

  • MFA Creative Writing | University of Iowa 2007
  • AB History of Science | Princeton University 2004
Work History
  • Writer
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