Mallikarjun Pandya is an English writer and spoken word poet whose work has been featured across platforms such as Button Poetry, Huffington Post, ScoopWhoop and BuddyBits and has gathered millions of readers and views. His poems have been taught at workshops at Podar International School and Brooks University, Canada in the English Literature Curriculum.
His love towards poetry started with shyly scribbling lines across back pages of his school notebooks, which steadily progressed to nationwide story writing competitions.
Crafting metaphors out of daily incidents, settling them into sentences and imparting love and wisdom through his words is something that comes naturally to him.
He is the first Indian to have won the Button Poetry Short Form Contest and the Button Poetry Video Contest. Button Poetry is the largest platform for spoken word content in the world.
The Button Poetry Video Contest is the biggest slam poetry contest held on an annual basis.
His poem, Heavier Than Your Palms, made it to the semi-finals of the competition and has been published on Button Poetry’s channel.
The spoken word piece is an insightful take on letting go of all that we hold on to.
Mallikarjun is also a proud winner of the Great Indian Poetry Contest.
His poems have featured in Aatish 2 – The anthology, alongside renowned names like Javed Akhtar, Gulzar and Swanand Kirkire.