For the last three years of elementary school, Kannan fell asleep to a book-on-tape about a barn owl named Plop; maybe that explains how prose got inside his subconscious. Kannan did his B.A. at the University of Chicago, where he studied the history of science, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded honors for his thesis on the role of natural theology in Darwin's theory of evolution. After that he worked as a science blogger at the Field Museum, then headed to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a Dean's Graduate Fellow and earned an M.F.A. in fiction. His stories and articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Racquet. He is currently at work on his first novel.
Kannan has extensive experience teaching writing at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Every summer, he teaches Food Writing to University of Maryland students in Rome. As a tutor in New York City, he’s had the pleasure of spending countless hours with his students, helping them refine their prose, structure their essays, and prepare for the SSAT and ISEE. At Cambridge Coaching, he has a special talent for bringing out his students’ unique voices in personal statements, supplemental materials, and cover letters.
In his spare time, Kannan is usually reading cookbooks or hitting against the backboard at the nearest tennis court.