Writer and editor based in Sydney
Kavita's first novel, Friends & Dark Shapes, will be published by Europa Editions (USA), Edizioni E/O (Italy) and Text Publishing (AUS) March 2021. She is a 2018 Churchill Fellow exploring migrant and refugee narratives and has written for a range of publications including Guernica, The Guardian, The Griffith Review, Roads & Kingdoms. She was the former Editor of The Point Magazine, exploring the impact of overseas conflict on diaspora communities, and is the Creative Producer of a grassroots storytelling project, Mapping Frictions: Stories from Western Sydney.
She is the 2020 Westwords Writer in Residence at Western Sydney University. Kavita is also a trained Hatha Yoga teacher and currently teaches Beginner levels of Yoga classes and meditation.
She is represented by Sterling Lord Literistic Agency, New York, USA.
PANELS & GUEST SPEAKING
Kavita has spoken and run workshops for The Commonwealth Secretariat UK ( Fiji), YouTube Creators for Change, The Sydney Writers Festival, State Government, National Young Writers Festival, Newtown Festival, The Walkley's Storyology conference, and lectured at the University of Technology, Sydney and Macquarie University.
AWARDS & GRANTS
2018 Churchill Fellowship in Europe
2016 Australia Council for the Arts Development Grant for novel writing residency at San Miguel Poetry Festival, and Under the Volcano Fiction Writing, Mexico
2015 Walkley Foundation Women in Media Mentorship
2015 Multicultural NSW Unity Grant
2015 YEN Magazine Short Story Prize Finalist
2014 Scanlon Foundation Grant
2013 Australia Council for the Arts Grant
2013 Westwords Under 30 Western Sydney Writers’ Fellowship
2012 Macquarie University Anthropology Department Prize for ethnography
2012 Editors' Choice prize in the University of New South Wales Tharunka, Non-Fiction Writing Competition
2009 Winner of The Waverley Words Literary Festival Fiction Prize
2007 The Charles Sturt Foundation, Ron Camplin Academic Major Scholarship for Contribution to Media
Photo credit: Christopher Woe
My major themes of exploration dwell on place—drawing on how the organization of space and architecture are connected with the politics and lived experience of place and urban experience—and the perspective of the ‘outsider’ and migrant voices in literature.
STORIES OF STRENGTH PROJECT
Workshop facilitator. In order to combat negative perceptions and stereotypes in the region, we have teamed up with a NGO and Sydney’s independent youth broadcaster FBi radio and local Western Sydney high schools, to train up young people to create podcast stories of “strength” from their community.
IN CONVERSATION BINGE THINKING PODCAST
This episode is part of a special Binge Thinking series in collaboration with the Brisbane-based literary journal Griffith Review, Millennials Strike Back edition. Talking all things countering violent extremism and how I got into this field.
I write in the field of migration, countering violent extremism, and diversity.
The Guardian, The Modi Express: a modern spectacle, and an attempt to leave the leader's dark past behind
Roads & Kingdoms , Detained in Suburbia
Griffith Review, Smiling Faces of Integration
Women's International Perspective, A voice for the people: Chile's Mural Art
Tharunka, The Rice Barn Is Now Empty: practices of stealing and divorcing women in Lombok
Junkee, Three Stories from Western Sydney you will never read in the Daily Telegraph
Struggle Street review: poverty porn and the problem with FIFO journalism
The Point Magazine, Pepe the Frog and the rise of alternative-right memes
The evolving threat of violent extremism
"I am interested in literature on place in all its forms, whether city neighbourhoods, borderlands or landscapes of memory. I am inspired by my heritage, mythology, travel, and beauty."
Thank you for visiting my site.
I am available for a range of work:
Creative writing and editing
Public Speaking/ Lecturing
Yoga and meditation
Represented by Mary Krienke at Sterling Lord Literistic