Padma Viswanathan is a fiction writer, playwright and journalist from Edmonton, Alberta. Her writing awards include residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Banff Playwrights’ Colony, and first place in the 2006 Boston Review Short Story Contest.
Viswanathan’s debut novel, The Toss of a Lemon, was published in eight countries, a bestseller in three, and a finalist for the Commonwealth (Regional) First Book Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Prize and the Pen Center USA Fiction Prize. She has also published several short translations of Brazilian fiction.
She received her Creative Writing MA from Johns Hopkins and her MFA from the University of Arizona, and now lives on a hilltop in Arkansas with her husband (poet and translator Geoffrey Brock), children, parents and an array of animals.