K. Tempest Bradford

Speculative fiction writer, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Tempest’s fiction has appeared in award-winning magazines (Strange Horizons and Electric Velocipede) and best-selling anthologies (Diverse EnergiesFederationsIn the Shadow of the Towers); her essays and criticism have appeared on io9, NPR, Tor.com, Chicks Dig Time LordsChicks Unravel Time, and The Usual Path to Publication. She volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations, served as a juror for the 2008 James Tiptree Jr. Award, organized fundraising auctions and salons for the Interstitial Arts Foundation, and raised funds for Clarion West, her writing workshop alma mater. Currently, she serves on the board of the Carl Brandon Society, an organization dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.

She has taught Writing the Other classes since 2014.


Events with K. Tempest Bradford

books writing Writing the Other
September 11 - 16, 2022

Representation is fundamental to writing great fiction. Creating characters that reflect the diversity of the world we all live in is important for all writers and creators of fictional narratives. But writers often find it difficult to represent people whose identities are very different from their own. This can lead to fear of getting it wrong — horribly, offensively wrong — and, in the face of that, some think it’s better to not even try. In truth, it is possible to write characters who represent the “Other” sensitively and convincingly. In this 5-day immersion, authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest…