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The Loft Literary Center Presents a 2018-2019 Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentor V.V. Ganeshananthan and fellows Debra J. Stone and Ariane Sandford. Book sales provided by Milkweed Books. Learn more.
V.V. Ganeshananthan’s debut novel, Love Marriage, was longlisted for the Orange Prize and chosen one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the American Academy of Berlin, she has been visiting faculty at the University of Michigan and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She presently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota. She is at work on a second novel, excerpts of which have appeared in Granta, Ploughshares, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014.
Debra J. Stone (creative nonfiction) lives in Robbinsdale and attended Carleton College. She co-founded and co-facilitates the Northside Writers Group that meets every second Wednesday of the month at Homewood Studios for the past ten years. Her poetry has been published in About Place, Wild Age Press, Home Sweet Home Exhibit, in the chapbook Bringing Gifts, Bringing News, The Saint Paul Almanac and short stories published by Rigorous, Random Sample Review.com, Tidal Basin, Black Magnolia Literary Journal and other literary journals. Debra has received residencies at New York Mills, The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Study, The Vermont Studio Center, Callaloo, and was a participant in The Givens Black Writers Retreat. She has received a Beyond the Pure Fellowship grant from Intermedia Arts. Currently, Debra serves as Board Member and Engagement Committee Chair for the nonprofit independent publisher Graywolf Press. Debra is writing towards a collection of essays.
Ariane Sandford (poetry) was born in Barbados and raised in East Germany, Washington, D.C., South Africa, and Bavaria. Her poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Booth, and Paper Nautilus, among others. She holds an MFA from Hamline University and teaches humanities and English at Dunwoody College of Technology. In her free time she volunteers at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. After a childhood of constant travelling, she’s happy to call Minneapolis home, where she lives with her young son and various animals.