Pallavi is the Lead Copyeditor and a blog contributor for The Coachella Review. Her pop culture nerddom got out of control during her undergraduate studies in Communication and Literature/Writing at UC San Diego, after which she earned her MA in Mental Health Counseling from NYU. Pallavi splits her time between practicing psychotherapy in Manhattan, freelance coaching for a consulting firm, winning silver medals in amateur pole sport competitions, watching a lot of TV, and working toward her MFA in Nonfiction at UCR Palm Desert. She was born and raised in Southern California and now lives in Jersey City, where she and her husband watch Bravo and argue over whose home state has the best tomatoes.
What I write most are essays and culture criticism. During my undergraduate studies at the University of California - San Diego, I wrote film and album reviews for The UCSD Guardian, as well as an honors thesis applying feminist film theory to Disney films. With my background as a therapist, I bring a psychological lens not only to my personal stories, but to the culture we consume as a society.
I am studying Nonfiction and Screenwriting in the low residency MFA program at the University of California - Riverside.
The singing since birth thing might be a cliche but it's real. During my school years, I participated in choral and a capella groups. As an adult, I've had over thirteen years of solo vocal training, and performed original music, jazz standards, and covers at Lestat's in San Diego, opening twice for Eleonor England. I currently do radio voice work, have been a regular guest on and contributor to LA-based Beverly Hills 90210 podcast The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat, and am in the process of recording new voiceover, audiobook narration, and music demos.