Vann R. Newkirk II is a writer at Daily Kos focusing on justice and issues and the co-founder and co-Chief Scribe of Seven Scribes, an online publication focused on millennials of color. Newkirk is also a freelance journalist and essayist with a body of work in science and science-fiction, a speculative-fiction writer, and an avid fan of all things sci-fi.
A graduate of Morehouse College and a resident of Silver Spring, MD, Newkirk studies the intersection of science, race, and science-fiction in several articles. He has written for GQ, Grantland, Gawker, Ebony, and several other publications. He also has a background in science, with an undergraduate degree in biology and published journal articles on racial health disparities.