Sharmilla Ganesan is a features journalist, culture writer, and literary columnist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With more than a decade of experience, she has worked on a wide variety of stories. Her work has been published in, among others, The Atlantic and ScreenPrism.

Sharmilla was a Fulbright/Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow with the University of Maryland in the United States in 2015/2016, where she studied culture journalism and the digital evolution of long-form journalism.

She currently writes for The Star newspaper and website in Kuala Lumpur, specifically Star2, the features section, where her areas of focus are books, the arts, and film.

She coordinates The Star’s literary section, which involves managing both its print and online presence. Her column, Booked Out, aims to create accessible conversations around reading and literature.

Sharmilla also writes fiction, and her short stories have been published in several anthologies and literary journals.

She is a past recipient of the Malaysian Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration Scholarship, and has a master’s degree in communication focusing on film from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

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