Aditi Natasha Kini (they/she): a person who lives in Queens, NY and San Diego, CA. They write essays, screenplays, and other text objects. They also produce film. A finalist and alternate for the 2020-22 Jerome Award for Literature, Aditi just finished their second year at UCSD’s cross-genre MFA program.

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

Aditi is at work on two books: The Killing of a Tiger, on, well, the killing of a tiger, and hot takes & thirst traps, a satire of NYC leftism. “Oriental Cyborg” recently won Essay Press’s 2021 Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming Spring 2023.

Problematic, a tv pilot co-written with comedian Pranav Behari and Devyn Fusaro, received recognition from Sundance Episodic Lab, Austin Film Festival, and other festivals. In summer 2022, Aditi EPed and co-wrote a short series for BRIC TV. It is now in post-production.

Most recently in the documentary space, they associate produced Nemo Allen’s award-winning El Bastón, a documentary on the environment, indigenous struggle in Colombia, and family legacy. Aditi and Nemo are developing their second collaboration — a docu-series on human-non-human friendships around the world.

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.

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 and creative nonfiction at UC San Diego.

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