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Our Mentors

Aashna Avachat
This 2021, Aashna Avachat is mentoring Young Adult
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Aashna Avachat
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Aashna Avachat (she/her) is a YA author and editorial assistant at Helm Literary who graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley. Aashna is also a Program Manager for DVmentor, a publishing mentorship initiative for marginalized authors offered by Diverse Voices, Inc. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading on a sunny patch of grass, going on long walks to grocery stores, or being cozy with one of her many foster kittens. You can find her on Twitter (@AashnaAvachat).

Laurel Symonds
The Bent Agency

Favorite Books

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Years Mentored