Uma Menon is a sixteen-year-old student and writer from Winter Park, Florida.


  • Book: Hands for Language, shortlisted by the 2019 Erbacce-Prize and forthcoming from Mawenzi House Publishing in 2020
  • Chapbook: Poetry for Physicists, published by Zoetic Press in January 2019
  • Two-Time Pushcart Prize Nominee in Poetry
  • 2020 National YoungArts Winner in Writing
  • 2019 National High School Poetry Contest Winner
  • Featured in Huffington Post, The Progressive, Orlando Sentinel, The Rumpus, and over three dozen other print and online publications


  • Congressional Guest to the 2019 State of the Union
  • 2020 US Senate Youth Program Florida Delegate
  • 100 Most Influential Women of Malayali Origin
  • International Human Rights Art Festival Youth Fellow and Founder of IHRAF Publishes – Youth
  • College Board Youth Advisory Council Student Leader
  • Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) Action Fellow


  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Candidate
  • Winter Park High School IB Student Senator
  • Florida League of IB Schools (FLIBS) Merit Scholar
  • Burger King Scholar
  • National Speech & Debate Academic All-American Award
  • Speech & Debate Team Captain and Nationally-Ranked Debater