About Jake Friedman
Jake Friedman currently serves as the Coordinator Senior for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, where he is responsible for managing various projects, partnerships, and other literary events and programs under the direction of Alberto Ríos. Prior to that, he served as the Marketing and Outreach Specialist and, prior to that, a Coordinator. He joined the Piper Center in August of 2016.
Prior to and concurrent with that, Jake was the Founder, Director, and Editor in Chief of an independent community literary magazine and small press called Four Chambers, and has extensive experience organizing numerous grassroots events and programs throughout the Valley (including readings, writing groups, workshops, classes, presentations, public art partnerships, and more). He graduated from McDaniel College in 2011 with a BA in English and Philosophy. He served as an intern with the Arizona Commission on the Arts in early 2016. Before that, he bartended and waited tables. As a writer, Jake usually writes poetry and experimental prose and has a few publications, including the 7th Avenue Streetscape Project on the corner of 7th Avenue and Glenrose in the city of Phoenix. He has also been known to speak to groups, edit, and occasionally teach. He is always down to schedule a phone call or get coffee to talk shop or have other conversations. He lives in Phoenix with his partner and a cat.