Kalyani Magazine goes beyond literature – it’s about history. Women of color make up over 40% of the world’s population, and yet men make up most of the published writing – when we look back at the 21st century, who will be represented?
Although there are magazines out there for women, and for specific ethnicities, there isn’t one for all women of color. We have had authors from Africa, Southeast Asia, India, the US and Canada, writing to diverse audiences. Not only does this preserve the voices, but it enables our readers to learn more about the true experiences that exist around the world.
Supporting a Community
We pursue our mission by also fostering a community that helps women of color gain the confidence to know they have a voice. We do this through our listserv for Kalyani authors to share their latest endeavours, an active Facebook community which posts opportunities for writers, a write-a-thon which acknowledges that many women of color authors have full-time lives, and by honouring each submission we receive by writing personal, encouraging responses to each writer.
It is named after my late grandmother, who was married in a village in India when she was nine years old. She would tell me about her wedding – the excitement she remembered at having a big party all for her. And about being sent to Madras to live with her husband, ten years her elder, once she hit puberty and raising seven daughters and zero sons. But any attempts I made to record or write her stories was met with a shrug or a laugh. She felt her life was just a boring, regular life – that she had no interesting story to tell.