Kathy Friedman is a passionate educator, arts administrator, freelance editor, publisher, and author very excited to join the team at Humber. She taught creative writing in the University of Guelph’s Open Learning program for six years, and has also taught creative writing to adult learners through community organizations including CAMH, The 519, NISA/Northern Institute for Social Action, Workman Arts, Progress Place, and the Toronto Public Library.
Kathy is the co-founder and artistic director of InkWell Workshops, which delivers free literary programming 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 a fifth InkWell anthology called Brilliance Is the Clothing I Wear (Dundurn Press, 2021).
All the Shining People, Kathy’s debut collection of short stories, was published in April 2022 (House of Anansi). She has been a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and her work has appeared in publications such as Grain, Geist, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Humber Literary Review, and Canadian Notes & Queries. She holds an MFA and a BFA in creative writing and is currently at work on a collection of essays about travel, music, and mental health.