I’m K. Tempest Bradford, a Black, queer, cis woman (pronouns: she/her) currently roaming the world writing, researching, and doing my best to change the culture for the better.
I write speculative fiction. That’s a fancy way of saying I write fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, and interstitial stuff that slides between genres. My short stories have been published in magazines such as Strange Horizons and Electric Velocipede and anthologies such as Sunspot Jungle and In The Shadow of the Towers, plus many more. See the full list in my Bibliography. I’m currently represented by Larissa Melo Pienkowski at Jill Grinberg Literary Management.
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I’m currently working on several projects, ncluding a middle grade novel about a genius Black girl who loves science, a steampunk novel set in ancient Egypt, and a novelette set in a secondary fantasy world.
I also write non-fiction — you can find my articles, essays, reviews, and media criticism on NPR, io9, Tor.com, and in print collections. See the full list in my other Bibliography.
I teach creative writing classes. My main gig is teaching classes on creating inclusive, diverse fiction through Writing the Other.com. I’ve taught for the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, LitReactor, given writing seminars at the Writing Excuses Conference and Retreat, and taught short story workshops through The Brainery. Check out the list of current and recent classes.
I’m a podcaster. Right now I co-host ORIGINALity wherein we explore the roots of creative genius. I was a host on the JEMcast and The Write Gear on Hologram Radio.
I’m an active member of the SFF fandom and writing communities. I served on the 2008 James Tiptree Jr. Award jury. I’ve put together and run fundraising projects for several non-profits, including Clarion West (which I attended in 20030 and the Interstitial Arts Foundation. I’m currently the Vice Chair of the board of the Carl Brandon Society.
I’ve conceived, organized, moderated, and participated in dozens of panels at conventions including WisCon, ReaderCon, Sirens, the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, GeekGirlCon, WorldCon, Flights of Foundry, and New York Comic Con. I’ve given presentations and led seminars at Sarah Lawrence College, the Barnard Center for Research on Women’s Scholar & Feminist Conference, New College of Florida, local Romance Writers of America chapters, and BlogHer.
I’m an unapologetic activist for social justice because I want my community to be safe and fun for all my nerdy friends, no matter what their identity or background.
I have a vast collection of geeky t-shirts featuring my favorite characters from Jem & the Holograms, Star Trek, My Little Pony, X-Men, Avengers, Doctor Who, and all my other favorite fandoms.