Kanishk Tharoor is a writer and broadcaster. His debut collection, Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories, was published by Aleph Book Company in India in January 2016, and is forthcoming from Picador in the UK and Commonwealth and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in North America in spring 2017. His short fiction has won numerous prizes and been nominated for the National Magazine Award. He is currently at work on a novel.
He is the presenter of “Museum of Lost Objects,” a ten-part BBC radio series on cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service in 2016.
His pieces on politics and culture have appeared in publications around the world, including the New York Times, Guardian, The National, The Hindu, Caravan, newyorker.com, Los Angeles Review of Books, Al Jazeera America, Roads & Kingdoms, Foreign Policy, Cairo Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Guernica. His appearances on radio and TV include BBC’s Today programme, BBC News, BBC Radio Scotland and the Colbert Report.
He writes the weekly “Far & Near” column for the Hindustan Times, and the monthly “Cosmopolis” column for The Hindu Business Line.
He was an associate editor at the online politics and culture magazine openDemocracy.net, a researcher and interviewer for the Guantanamo Bay Oral History Project at Columbia University, and the Global Soccer editor at Roads & Kingdoms.
He studied at Yale, where he graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa with BAs in History and Literature, and at Columbia, where he was a FLAS fellow in Persian and South Asian studies. He was a “Writer in Public Schools” fellow at New York University.
Follow him on twitter @kanishktharoor.