Kathleen is the recipient of the 2022 Eludia award from Hidden River Arts for her short story collection, Last Sunrise, which is forthcoming from Sowilo Press.
Her story “Body Memory” won first place in the 2023 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award Competition.
The judge of that contest, Juan Martinez, shared, “What a compassionate, heartfelt, urgent piece. I loved how Kathleen cut right to a deeply felt emotional core, all while allowing for a compassionate ambiguity around relationships, money and illness. Just excellent.”
Her story "North Coast" was shortlisted for the 2023 Henry Dumas Prize and her story "Covenants Considered" was shortlisted for the 2023 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. "Jitterbug Gold" was a runner-up for the WOW Women on Writing 2023 Flash Fiction competition.
Kathleen Furin holds an M.S.W. from Temple University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from New York University. She is a founding book coach with Author Accelerator and certified in the Amherst Writer’s and Artist’s method. She was the co-founder of the Maternal Wellness Center (Best of Philly 2006); as co-director she created and implemented a number of programs for women, families, and pregnant and parenting teens.
Kathleen is the recipient of the 2022 Eludia award from Hidden River Arts for her story collection LAST SUNRISE, which is forthcoming from Sowilo Press. Her story "Body Memory" won first place in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award competition. Her work has also been recognized with Honorable Mentions from Glimmer Train Press and the Yeo writing prize. Her story collection was a finalist for the Acacia Fiction Prize and her story "Mountain Pose" was a finalist for the 2020 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. Her work has been published in the American Literary Review, Literary Mama, Philadelphia Stories, Midwifery Today, Mutha, Permafrost, among other journals and anthologies, and is forthcoming in So to Speak.
She currently works as a consultant for Just Strategies, a consulting group which works with local communities and organizations on developing and centering best practices around equity and inclusion. At the Maternal Wellness Center, she developed the Sister Study Circle and Scholarship Program, which provided funding to women of color to pursue careers as midwives, doulas, and childbirth educators, She also developed and implemented the Manifest program, a parenting program for men who are incarcerated, and spearheaded the Diverse Voices Scholarship Program at Author Accelerator.
Evanescent, "The Honor Walk" - Yeo writing prize, Honorable Mention.
Dig in to Kathleen's piece about family detention centers, "Out" in the Prompted anthology.
This piece explores a midwife's yearning to die a non-traditional death in the woods. ]
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