Nia King is a queer mixed-race (Black/Lebanese/Hungarian) journalist and media-maker based in Philadelphia, PA.
She has been hosting and producing We Want the Airwaves podcast, on which she interviews queer and trans artists of color about their lives and work, since 2013. She has self-published three books of interviews from the podcast:
Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives, edited by Jessica Glennon-Zukoff and Terra Mikalson (2014), Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Volume 2, edited by Elena Rose (2016),
and Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Volume 3, edited Maliha Ahmed (2019).
Nia's writing and comics have appeared at Colorlines.com, the East Bay Express,
and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. She has spoken at colleges and conferences across the US and Canada including Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Queen's University, the Allied Media Conference, Facing Race, and the National Association for Ethnic Studies conference. She received a Best of the East Bay Award in 2016 and was featured in KQED's #BayBrilliant (formerly Women to Watch) series in 2018.
"Fresh-faced author, producer, host, and public speaker Nia King has an eye for promoting inclusivity, visibility, and equality. Her book Queer and Trans Artists of Color includes experiences routinely muffled or erased in mainstream society. King stays true to advocacy by not compromising her identity and welcomes diverse voices, experiences, and opinions."
- For Harriet
"When the apocalypse arrives as revolution or colony collapse, when electricity fizzles and we’re all by the fire trying to rebuild culture, I’ll be glad to have Nia King’s Queer & Trans Artists of Color books nearby. Filled with intelligence and insight, these books offer practical examples of marginalized people creating and transforming culture, making art against the odds."
- Asterix Journal
"Queer and Trans Artists of Color is one of the most informative and inspirational books I’ve read in a long time. It’s like a primer for how to be an effective artist or community worker."