writer, rioter. on good days, both.
Malavika Kannan is a 19-year-old novelist, essayist, and advocate for girls changing the world. She's currently an undergraduate 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 writing about politics, identity, Gen-Z, and culture appears in HuffPost, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, NYLON, Harper’s Bazaar, Vice, Buzzfeed News, and 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 national advocate for women’s rights and youth empowerment. In high school, Malavika founded Homegirl Project, a youth-led organization that trains girls of color in political organizing. 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 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 worked on Congressional campaigns and Capitol Hill, and was recognized as a 2018 HerLead Fellow, 2019 US Senate Youth Delegate, and 2019 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, Twitter, and her newsletter. Here's to making space, supporting girls, and changing the game!