Kathy Friedman

Above  - Photo Credit Camilo Gomez-Duran

Reading at the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers Winners Ceremony - Photo Credit Katrina Afonso

Kathy Friedman was born in South Africa and moved to Toronto at the age of five. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Grain, Geist, Room, Poetry Is Dead, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Canadian Notes & Queries, Humber Literary Review, and This Magazine. In 2012, she was named an under-35 writer to watch by the Writers’ Trust of Canada as a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She has also been runner-up for the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award (The New Quarterly) and PRISM international’s short fiction contest and was nominated by PRISM for the Journey Prize. Her first collection of short stories, All the Shining People, will be published in 2022 with House of Anansi.

Kathy has a BFA in Creative Writing from UBC and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She received numerous scholarships and has also been awarded grants for her writing from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Reva Gerstein Legacy Fund.

Kathy is also an accomplished freelance editor who trained at Ryerson University's publishing program, where she was nominated for the Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Editing, and an internship at Knopf Canada. Her clients have included individuals, small businesses, non-profits, literary magazines, and publishing houses.

A passionate creative writing teacher, Kathy teaches in the University of Guelph's Open Learning program and has taught in the community at Workman Arts, The 519, Progress Place, CAMH and the Toronto Public Library. In addition, she regularly mentors writers privately on their fiction and creative nonfiction manuscripts. 

Finally, Kathy is 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 their in-house imprint, InkWell Books.