Hi! I'm Malavika (pronounced Mah-LOVE-eeka. Take it slow. You've got this!) and I'm a 20 year old writer of books, essays, journalism, & Instagram story theses. According to men online, I am a "liberal twig," a "young, perhaps talented woman," and also "lazy, dumb, and loose," (I see no lies, tbh) but I prefer to identify as just an advocate for queer women of color, online and IRL. Most recently, I was a Seventeen Magazine Voices of the Year honoree. I've also been featured by Good Morning America, Ms. Magazine, Dazed, and the @Instagram homepage, but my biggest flex is being reposted by Mia Khalifa on TikTok.

 

I write about Gen Z, identity, & culture for places like HuffPost, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, NYLON, Harper’s Bazaar, Vice, Buzzfeed News, and the San Francisco Chronicle. When I was 17, I wrote my debut YA fantasy novel, The Bookweaver’s Daughter. An #OwnVoices story inspired by Indian mythology, The Bookweaver's Daughter won a 2018 National Scholastic Medal and released through Tanglewood Publishing in 2020. My writing has been awarded nationally by Scholastic Art & Writing, YoungArts, and the Library of Congress.

 

Beyond the page, I'm just out here to uplift other WOC. Some projects I'm proud of include Homegirl Project, a youth-led collective that trains girls of color in political organizing, Brown Sugar, a sex-n-love podcast for brown girls everywhere, and Slam Gun Violence, a viral poetry campaign released by Refinery29. In past lives, I organized with the Women’s March, March For Our Lives, and Giffords. Currently, I'm an English major at Stanford University, and forever struggling to justify that choice to my immigrant community.

 

When I'm not writing, I enjoy beaching, snacking, thrifting, reading, riding public transit, and calling my representatives. You can keep up with me on Instagram and Twitter.