Aditi Natasha Kini (they/she) is a writer splitting time between Queens, NY and La Jolla, CA. They write essays, scripts, and other text objects. A finalist and alternate for the 2020-22 Jerome Award for Literature, they are a second-year MFA candidate in cross-genre writing at UC San Diego.

Photo of Aditi sitting on a velvet blue couch in a polka dot dress, with a flamingo wallpaper backdrop.
Photo by Aisha Mirza

Aditi’s cultural criticism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly and other publications. She has appeared on radio and television including WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, BBC World Service, CBC, SiriusXM, and more to talk about topics including incels and South Asian representation in media.

Aditi is writing their first book, The Killing of a Tiger, on, well, the killing of a tiger, and The Judgment of the Brits, a psychosexual colonial dramedy. Problematic, a tv pilot co-written with comedian Pranav Behari, is a second rounder at the Sundance Episode Lab 2021, Austin Film Festival 2021, and ATX Pitch Festival 2021. They are producing Nemo Allen’s El Bastón, a documentary on the environment, indigenous struggle in Colombia, and family legacy. They are seeking both literary and entertainment representation.

In addition to her freelance writing, she has consulted on scripted and unscripted projects for platforms including Disney and PBS, and has worked in higher education, tech, and true crime television as a media producer. In 2020, she created and taught the popular pandemic workshop “STAY AT HOME AND WRITE ONE SINGLE ESSAY.” She currently teaches writing about climate change at UC San Diego.

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