writer, rioter. on good days, both.
Malavika Kannan is a 19-year-old Indian-American novelist, essayist, and advocate for girls changing the world. She's currently a freshman at Stanford University.
Malavika wrote her debut YA fantasy novel, The Bookweaver’s Daughter, when she was seventeen years old. An #OwnVoices novel steeped in Ancient Indian mythology, The Bookweaver's Daughter won a National Scholastic Medal in 2018 and will be releasing through Tanglewood Publishing on September 8, 2020.
Her essays about race, feminism, Gen-Z, politics, and culture appear in HuffPost, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, NYLON, and Harper’s Bazaar. She's also contributed to Vice and Buzzfeed News. Malavika's recent op-eds on Toni Morrison's legacy and Kamala Harris's campaign reached millions of readers, and in 2018 her HuffPost essay went viral, documenting the experiences of women writers of color with empathy and humor. She's currently an opinions columnist and editorial board member at The Stanford Daily. Malavika’s writing has won accolades from Scholastic Art & Writing, YoungArts, and the Library of Congress, among other places.
Beyond the page, Malavika is a nationally-recognized activist for women’s rights and youth empowerment. In high school, Malavika founded Homegirl Project, a youth-led 501c3 organization that empowers girls of color as political leaders. Homegirl Project served thousands of girls nationwide through its ground-breaking political mentorship programs, winning the 2020 T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge. She's organized national activism campaigns for Women’s March, March For Our Lives, and Giffords, most recently Slam Gun Violence, a viral poetry campaign released by Refinery29. She has experience working on Congressional campaigns and Capitol Hill, and was recognized as a 2018 HerLead Fellow, US Senate Youth Delegate, and Cameron Impact Scholar.
When she’s not writing stories or mobilizing youth to change the world, Malavika enjoys beaching, snacking, thrifting, reading, and calling her representatives. You can keep up with her on Instagram and Twitter. Here's to making space, supporting girls, and changing the game!