Keith A. Spencer is a freelance writer, cultural critic, artist, and the editor-in-chief of The Bold Italic, a Bay Area–centric, New Journalism culture magazine. His writing and editing has led him to strange locales, including but not limited to: a wrestling match where all the contestants were stoned; a Trump campaign party at a San Jose Roundtable Pizza; and to Eastern Switzerland to dine with the founder of Burning Man.
Mr. Spencer’s writing has appeared in Salon, Dissent, Jacobin, Full-Stop, and a number of dry academic journals with anodyne titles. He is an artist-in-residence at ArtSpan in San Francisco, where he practices mixed media political performance art. For his work, he has been interviewed by SF Weekly, Hoodline, the Huffington Post, on R.J. Eskow’s podcast The Zero Hour, on the podcast Future Left, and by Meghan McCain on America Now Radio. In 2016, he was selected as one of 100 international “Leaders of Tomorrow” by St. Gallen University’s St. Gallen Symposium.
Prior to his writing and editing career, Keith studied astrophysics and went on to serve as a research assistant on gamma-ray and radioastronomy telescopes, taught high school astronomy and physics, and ghostwrote an introductory stargazing book.
Keith’s book, A People’s History of Silicon Valley, is scheduled to be released in summer 2017 by Eyewear Press.