Kathy Friedman studied creative writing at UBC and the University of Guelph, and she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Grain, Geist, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Her first collection of short stories, All the Shining People, will be published in April 2022 with House of Anansi.
A passionate creative writing instructor, Kathy has taught writing to diverse adult learners through Workman Arts, The 519, Progress Place, CAMH, the Toronto Public Library, and the University of Guelph's creative writing certificate program. She also regularly mentors writers on their fiction and creative nonfiction manuscripts.
Kathy is also the co-founder and artistic director of InkWell Workshops, which delivers free creative writing workshops to people with mental health and addiction issues. She is the publisher of four literary anthologies with in-house imprint InkWell Books, and she edited the anthology Brilliance Is the Clothing I Wear, published by Dundurn Press in June 2021.