Karuna Riazi


Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan. She holds a BA in English Literature from Hofstra University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University’s MFAC program, and is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and educator. Her work has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, Shondaland, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Book Riot and Teen Vogue, among others.

Karuna is fond of tea, Korean dramas, writing about tough girls forging their own paths toward their destinies, and baking new delectable treats for friends and family to relish. Along with “A Bit of Earth” (March 14, 2023), she has written “The Gauntlet” (S&S/Salaam Reads, 2017) and its companion, “The Battle” (Salaam Reads, 2019). She has also adapted “The Jungle Book” for the Apple TV series “Ghostwriter” (Sourcebooks/Sesame Workshop, 2019).

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