Brad King — Author + Editor

The short version is that I’m a writer originally from a small town in northern Appalachia. The longer story is:

  • In 1999 — a year into graduate school — I began working for Wired.
  • In 2000, I earned my master’s from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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  • That same year, I accepted a position as a reporter and multimedia editor at Wired.com.
  • In 2003, I co-authored a book called Dungeons & Dreamers: A story of how computer games created a global culture.
  • In 2004, I accepted the position of producer and senior editor for MIT’s Technology Review Web operation.
  • In 2006, I became an assistant professor at Northern Kentucky University where I ran its Media Informatics program.
  • In 2009, I accepted a position at Ball State University, where I was an assistant professor of journalism.
  • In 2014, I launched The Geeky Press, a writing collective in Indiana that grew to more than 400 active members before we shuttered it in last 2018.
  • In 2015, I launched The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, an hour-long conversation between me and another writer. Curse words + alcohol aren’t required, but they are encouraged.
  • In 2017, I accepted the position of Editor + Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) Press, which is one of two university presses at CMU. Before I took this job in 2017, I served as an advisory board member and an editor for ten years.

Writing

I’ve been a professional writer since 1995. Throughout my career, I’ve written hundreds of feature stories and hard news pieces for daily and weekly newspapers, daily news websites, and national magazines.

  • Wired
  • Wired.com
  • Business 2.0
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • Daily Variety
  • Yahoo!
  • MIT’s Technology Review
  • The Oakland Tribune
  • The Austin Chronicle
  • Cincinnati Magazine

Affiliations

  • PEN America (2017 – )
  • The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (2016 – )
  • South by Southwest Interactive Programming Board (2002 – )
    • SXSW Start Up Accelerator Host and Judge 2009-2015

Previous Advisory Board Work

  • F+W’s StoryWorld Conference
  • Carmel Arts Council
  • Indiana Writers Center

Other Writing Things

In 2013, I raised $11,000 on Kickstarter to write So Far Appalachia: A Story of Family, a Forgotten People, and Rural America, a memoir of my family’s life in Appalachia. It will be out…eventually.

I founded The Geeky Press, a writers collective. I’ve edited, or worked as an editor, on the publishing projects we’ve run: Bad Jobs & Bullshit: It’s Unlikely We Will Be Missed (2016), Dear America: Reflections about Race (2017), and HoosierLit Vol. 1 + 2 (2017) literary magazine.

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This newsletter is the outgrowth of The Downtown Writers Jam podcast. What that means is I will collect information about the authors I interview, book happenings around the Web, and other literary events that I find interesting. Without you, I'm just a crazy guy sitting in his office furiously screaming on the page for no reason.
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