Janani Balasubramanian

Janani Balasubramanian is a South Asian artivist based in Brooklyn. Their writing deals broadly with issues of empire, desire, microflora, ancestry, apocalypse, trauma, and the Future. They’re an organizer at the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, the only Alternative-To-Detention program specifically for queer, trans, and HIV+ immigrants in the US. Janani is also one-half of the spoken word duo DarkMatter. They’re currently working on their first sci-fi novel, H. You can read more of Janani’s work at queerdarkenergy.com.


Photo of a white wall covered with sticky notes as part of the design process. Many of the notes are difficult to make out, but say things like 'What I want to know', 'What community?' 'Existing efforts? Who is doing what?'.

It’s Not You, It’s The System

Design and Technology for Social Good