Keith A. Spencer is a cultural critic, fiction writer, and cover editor at Salon.com, where he manages the sci/tech vertical. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of The Bold Italic, a Bay Area–centric, New Journalism culture magazine. He writes fiction and humor under the byline K.A. Spencer.
Keith’s writing has appeared in Jacobin, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Dissent, Alternet, Full-Stop, and a few dry academic journals with anodyne titles. He is an artist-in-residence at ArtSpan in San Francisco, where he practices conceptual art and 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 working in media, Keith studied astrophysics and went on to serve as a research assistant on gamma-ray and radioastronomy telescopes, taught high school math and science, and wrote an introductory stargazing book.
Keith’s book, A People’s History of Silicon Valley, is scheduled to be released in summer 2018 by Eyewear Press.