Kanchan Naik is a senior at the Quarry Lane School in Dublin, California. She is the 2019-2020 Teen Poet Laureate for the City of Pleasanton, as well as the Director of Media Outreach for the youth nonprofit, Break the Outbreak. As a sophomore, she founded her school’s online, student-run newspaper, The Roar, where she harnesses the student body’s passion for journalism in monthly issues.

Last summer, Kanchan was the Global Junior Editor for Stanford’s Newsroom by the Bay publication. She is a Poetry Editor at the Aurora Review. Her work appears in the Apprentice Writer, India West, The Rising Phoenix, Parallax Literary Magazine among many others. In 2020, she was selected by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as a semifinalist for the National Student Poets Program (NSPP). Aside from writing, Kanchan is also the secretary of her school’s speech and debate team. In her spare time, she can be found watching vintage Bollywood movies and teaching coding.