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. 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 queer women of color, online and IRL. I've been featured on the cover of Seventeen Magazine, as well as by Good Morning America, Ms. Magazine, Dazed, and Instagram.
My YA novel All The Yellow Suns, a queer coming-of-age story about activism, sexuality, and identity, will be published by Little & Brown in the summer of 2023! I also write about Gen Z & culture for places like Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and the San Francisco Chronicle. When I was 17, I wrote my first novel, a children's fantasy called The Bookweaver’s Daughter, which won a National Scholastic Medal and was released by Tanglewood Publishing. 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. I'm a sophomore at Stanford University pursuing feminist studies, race & ethnic studies, and creative writing. 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&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.