Nominated for the award: Authors
Company: CityMonk Media
Biography: Mala Rambharose is a Canadian writer, model, and former renunciate. Born to Indo-Guyanese immigrant parents in the notoriously crime-filled neighbourhood of Jane and Finch, Mala spent much of her childhood in public housing before moving downtown to attend the University of Toronto. Her children’s book, “There’s A Pebble in My Shoe”, secured her an Emerging Writer title from The Writer’s Trust of Canada in 2013 and her contributions to the United Way of Greater Toronto, UN Women Canada, and the Information and Communications Technology Council have granted her consideration as a ‘prominent keynote speaker’ in the city. As an emerging writer with a voice to be heard, Mala has been featured in HuffPost, Medium, blogTO, Caribbean Graphic, and more. Mala’s hopeful first memoir manuscript, ‘Broken Telephone’, is an ode to her story and the hardships that young adults face in today’s rapidly changing landscape. Mala’s determination to have a voice at a time when silence is no longer an option reigns supreme and sets her apart from the writers of tomorrow.