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MAYA SVEVAK

Maya Svevak is an activist, artist, and author, who takes an inter-disciplinary and multi-perspective approach to all of her work. Creating the world of Svevi Avatar is her first foray into fiction.

Through her fictional writing, Maya aspires to absorb readers into the fascinating, mystical worlds of people who are often marginalized and ignored: the indigenous, dark-skinned, disabled, exploited, and abused. In her non-fictional essays, Maya draws on her training as a scientist and lawyer to clearly lay out the links between cause and effect, so that readers can expand their understanding of the realities that afflict us locally and globally.

Maya obtained her doctorate from an Ivy League university and her J.D. from a prominent law school. Upon leaving an award-winning scientific career in academics, she began working as a lawyer. Maya is a global citizen, who has lived in many different countries, and so has had the good fortune to hear the stories of a rich variety of people. She hopes to transition to writing full-time very soon.

INSPIRED BY SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

For over a decade, Maya has worked at the grassroots level with disenfranchised communities around the world, where she continues to meet awe-inspiring individuals. She weaves their incredible anecdotes of overcoming hardship with elegance and equanimity into the stories of Svevi Avatar. Stories that serve as entry points into exploring many of the compelling issues of our time, such as climate change, injustice, racism, misogyny, violence, indigenous exploitation, and economic inequality. Maya hopes that through global engagement of fans of Svevi Avatar, together we will reshape mindsets toward the most pressing ecosocial issues facing humanity today, and make a measurable, real-world impact on the environment and people.

THE PANCHIKA

The misappropriation and corruption of ideas, whether they are cultural or technological, is a critical topic that Maya explores in Svevi Avatar, for example, through the introduction of the panchika. Conceptualizing the panchika asan important ancient emblem of the world of Svevi Avatar enables Maya to draw parallels withthe svastika, a millennia-old South Asian motif that – like the panchika – symbolizes the paths to wellbeing. Both are symbols of peace, science, and evolution. And both have been misappropriated and corrupted by imperialist peoples in the past century, mistakenly perceived and used by some as a mark of hate, oppression, and authoritarianism.

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