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You may refer to me by my full name, K. Tempest Bradford, or use Tempest for my first name (not K.). I use both Ms. and Mx. honorifics. I identify as a Queer or Asexual, Black or African American. I’m a cisgender woman, my pronouns are she/her.

I’m currently represented by Larissa Melo Pienkowski at Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

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Micro Bio: 60 words

K. Tempest Bradford is a teacher, media critic, and author of speculative fiction steeped in Black Girl Magic. Her fiction has been published in several anthologies and magazines, and her media criticism and essays have appeared on NPR, io9, and more. Tempest gives talks and teaches classes on representation and diversity though Writing the Connect with her at

Medium Bio: 150 words

K. Tempest Bradford is a teacher, media critic, and author of fantasy and science fiction steeped in Black Girl Magic. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines, including In The Shadow of the Towers and Strange Horizons. Her media criticism and essays on diversity and representation have been published at NPR, io9, Ebony Magazine, and more.

Tempest began giving talks and teaching classes on representation and creating diverse narratives in 2014 for Writing the Other and has been invited to teach at Clarion West, LitReactor, universities, and gaming companies. She’s the recipient of the 2020 LOCUS Special Award for Inclusivity and Representation Education and has been nominated for FIYAH Magazine‘s IGNYTE Community and Ember Awards.

Her debut middle grade novel will be out in Fall of 2022 from FSG for Young Readers. You can connect with Tempest via her website,

Long Bio: 490 words

K. Tempest Bradford is an author, teacher, media critic, podcaster, and community organizer who writes fantasy and science fiction steeped in Black Girl Magic. Her forthcoming middle grade novel, Ruby vs. The Robo-bug, will be out from Farrar, Straus & Giroux for Young Readers in Fall 2022.

Tempest’s short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and magazines, including Black Sci-Fi Short Stories, In the Shadow of the Towers, Sunspot Jungle, Diverse Energies, Federations, Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, EscapePod, and PodCastle, plus many more. Her debut middle grade novel is about Ruby—a young, Black genius who loves entomology—and her encounter with the weirdest bug she’s ever seen and the mysterious men in black suits who come looking for it.

Tempest organizes and teaches classes and seminars on writing inclusive, diverse fiction for Writing the She’s also given talks, seminars, and workshops on these and other creative writing topics for Clarion West, Sarah Lawrence College, LitReactor, Sisters in Crime, the Sirens Conference, the Writing Excuses Conference and Retreat, several local RWA chapters, and other writing groups, conferences, colleges, and entertainment companies.

In 2020 Tempest, alongside Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, won the LOCUS Magazine Special Award for Inclusivity and Representation Education for their work with Writing the Other. Tempest, Nisi, and Writing the Other were also nominated in 2020 and 2021 for the IGNYTE Community Award.

Tempest enjoys commenting on media as much as consuming it and won’t hesitate to harsh your squee about that TV show, movie, book, or other piece of entertainment that doesn’t live up to high standards. Her articles, media criticism, and reviews can be found on NPR, LitReactor, the SFWA blog, io9, and various other media outlets. Her essays have appeared in collections (Chicks Dig Time Lords, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, and more) and college textbooks (Call And Response: Key Debates in African American Studies, and Current Issues and Enduring Questions 12th ed.).

When not writing or teaching, she hosts and contributes to multiple podcasts, including ORIGINality, Writing Excuses, the JEMcast, and The Write Gear.

She’s active in the SFF community and volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations. In the past she’s served as a juror for the James Tiptree Jr. (now Sidewise) Award, served as Programming co-chair for the WisCon feminist science fiction convention, 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. In 2021 she was recognized for her activism and community engagement with a nomination for the IGNYTE Ember Award for unsung contributions to the genre.

You can connect with Tempest and find her fiction, classes, and news updates on or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. She occasionally shares bits of in-progress fiction and microstories via her den of patronage: The Tempestuous Salon.

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