Biography

IMG_2257William Friskey was born December 31, 1977 in upstate New York. His family moved around quite a bit, but the majority of his childhood was spent in Schenectady, NY. He graduated from Schenectady High School in June of 1995 and immediately entered the work force, the banking industry, instead of going to Buffalo State University as he had originally planned.

Years of frustration with the banking world and its dishonesty led him to find a career that had meaning. He began working full time evenings and weekends so he could attend Southern Connecticut State University full time on weekdays with the goal of becoming a high school English teacher. His wife gave birth to his first child, a daughter, during his first semester at Southern.

After graduating from Southern in 2007, he began teaching at a high school in Connecticut. His second child, a son, was born during his first semester working as a teacher. He taught American literature, creative writing, fiction, poetry, and journalism while advising the school’s newspaper and yearbook. Finally fulfilled with his career, he was prepared to enroll in a graduate program in educational technology when fate came calling.

A postcard from Western Connecticut State University’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing brought him back to an old passion he thought was dead–writing. With two immature screen plays behind him and an unfinished novel wasting away on his hard drive, Friskey took his chances and enrolled. He graduated the program in the spring of 2011.

William Friskey is currently seeking representation. He lives in Southeastern Connecticut with his wife and two children.