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J.R. Ramakrishnan 

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I’m a writer, editor, and editorial consultant/coach. ​My work has appeared in New York Times Book ReviewHarper's Bazaar, Harper’s, and elsewhere. My short fiction has been published in [PANK], and Mixed Company, an anthology of stories by Women of Color in New Orleans.

I am currently a contributing writer for Electric Literature, where I interview the most dazzling of contemporary literary talents. I adore conversations about books in translations, hidden narratives seen from unusual eyes, and books that resonate globally and intimately. 

I was director of literary programs for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival for seven years until 2016. My curatorial efforts, lauded by The Guardian and Huffington Post, focused on creating literary conversations that could only be had in the sultry, shifting ground of New Orleans. I was committed to bringing more audiences and writers of color to the 30-plus-year-old festival. 

I am a graduate of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. 

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I have lived in London, New York, and New Orleans. Movement, place, otherness, and unending diaspora are themes that obsess me and my work. 

If you are an editor looking for a writer to cover international book and culture stories, contact me. I can't wait to talk ideas! Here are samples of my work

If you are a publicist with a great writer, ARC/galley, or story idea to pitch, I'd love to hear from you

If you are a writer, who needs help getting started with your book or finishing your book (fiction, non-fiction, and memoir), email me for a complimentary chat and to see how we get you to the page and published


I coach and guide writers at all stages of the writing process. As a graduate of the impossible-to-get-into Book Seminar taught by Sam Friedman at Columbia Journalism School, I am especially strong at helping with non-fiction book proposals. Write me to see how we can work together!