Channing Kennedy is an Oakland-based writer, performer, media producer and racial equity consultant, and is a principal partner of Art/Work Practice, LLC. From 2015 to 2017, he was the executive director of San Francisco Zine Fest, the oldest and largest self-publishing festival in Northern California, and is an advocate for equitable and outcome-driven policies in arts organizations of all sizes. His essays, reporting, and nonfiction comics have appeared at outlets including NPR and MSNBC; his work focuses on personal identity and structural barriers in the internet era, with an emphasis on race, gender, and disability.
Previously, Channing oversaw video production and social media strategy for the national racial justice thinktank Race Forward and its publication Colorlines; he also co-designed and facilitated 'Reel Justice,' the Center for Third World Organizing’s video-campaign training program for young community organizers of color. He also ran a record label, recorded and toured under various aliases, and wrote and performed for a live variety show. He has been a volunteer preschool storytime reader since 2015 and considers it to be his real job.