malavika kannan (she/her)
Hi! I'm Malavika (pronounced Mah-LOVE-eeka. Take it slow. You've got this!) and I'm a 21-year-old writer, emerging scholar, and digital creative. According to men online, I am a "young, perhaps talented woman," "liberal twig," and "lazy, dumb, and loose," (I see no lies, tbh) but I prefer to identify as an advocate for South Asian queer women, online and IRL. I study Comparative Literature, race & ethnicity, and creative writing at Stanford University.
My YA novel All The Yellow Suns, a queer coming-of-age story about activism and identity, will be published by Little & Brown in July 2023! I write about Gen Z & culture for publications including Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and San Francisco Chronicle. My writing has been awarded nationally by YoungArts and the Library of Congress.
I'm a digital creative who's collaborated on campaigns with Spotify and Instagram, and I draw cartoons about mental health and survivorship for an online audience of 40,000. Some other projects I'm proud of include Homegirl Project, a youth-led collective that trains girls of color in political organizing, Brown Sugar, a sex&love podcast for brown girls everywhere, and Slam Gun Violence, a poetry campaign released by Refinery29. In past lives, I was a teen organizer for Women’s March and March For Our Lives.
I've been featured on the cover of Seventeen Magazine, as well as by Good Morning America, Vice, Ms. Magazine, Dazed, and Instagram.