Priyanka is a Singaporean-American writer, editor, and performer. She is a junior majoring in English at Princeton University, with quadruple minors in Italian, Cognitive Science, Creative Writing, and Visual Art. On campus, she is the co-president of Songline Slam Poetry, a student fellow at the AccessAbility Center by the Office of Disability Services, and a member of the student-run Disability Collective and the Beekeeping Team. Outside of school, she is the author of three full-length poetry collections (most recently So, Stranger, Button Poetry, May 2022). In 2015, at age 15, she founded the internationally-acclaimed publishing house, literary journal, and arts organisation Half Mystic; with her team, she has since edited, designed, and published nine journal issues and six books by authors around the world.
Priyanka’s peer-reviewed research on poetry, identity, and the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore is published in the Journal of Homosexuality, the oldest existing scholarly journal focused on the study of gender and sexuality, and is taught at the University of Southern California’s doctorate programme in educational leadership. Her poetry and fiction have been published in and featured by Diode, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Straits Times, Entropy, the Boston Poetry Slam, the Singapore Writers Festival, and the Academy of American Poets, among others. In 2017 she gave the TEDx talk Healing Is a Verb. She is the writer and star of the critically-acclaimed short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, recipient of awards from the Newark International, Across Asia Youth, Laurie Nelson, My Rode Reel, Singapore International Student, & CINE Golden Eagle Film Festivals). She is passionate about disability justice, art for art’s own sake, and joy as a means for imagining and creating change. Her current project is finding the best almond croissant in New York City.