Malavika Kannan is a 19-year-old author and advocate for girls changing the world. Most recently, she is a 2020 Seventeen Magazine Voices of the Year honoree. She wrote her debut YA fantasy novel, The Bookweaver’s Daughter, when she was 17 years old. An #OwnVoices novel inspired by Indian mythology, The Bookweaver's Daughter won a 2018 National Scholastic Medal and released through Tanglewood Publishing in fall of 2020.
She's written about politics, identity and culture for HuffPost, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, NYLON, Harper’s Bazaar, Vice, Buzzfeed News, and The Stanford Daily, among other places. Her writing has won accolades from Scholastic Art & Writing, YoungArts, the Library of Congress, and the Stanford Boothe Prize.
Beyond the page, Malavika is an advocate for girls of color. In high school, she founded Homegirl Project, a youth-led digital collective that trains girls of color in political organizing. She's organized with the Women’s March, March For Our Lives, and Giffords, and co-created Slam Gun Violence, a viral poetry campaign released by Refinery29. For her leadership, she was recognized as a 2018 HerLead Fellow, 2019 US Senate Youth Delegate, and 2019 Cameron Impact Scholar, and was featured on the Instagram homepage.
When she’s not writing, Malavika enjoys beaching, snacking, thrifting, reading, and calling her representatives. You can keep up with her on Instagram.