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.