Local Author: Brandt, Kathy
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1947
Birth City: 
Elgin
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Woodland Park, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author, Writing Teacher at the University of Colorado, Free-lance writer
Biography: 

Kathy Brandt is the co-author with son, Max Maddox, of "Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness," has published four mysteries in the Hannah Sampson Underwater Investigation Series (NAL/Penguin), and taught writing at the University of Colorado for ten years. She is a vocal advocate for those with mental illness and writes and speaks about mental health. She was the President the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Colorado Springs and in 2012 she received the NAMI National Award for her leadership and service on behalf of those living with mental illness. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Rhetoric.

She lived in Colorado Springs for twenty-five years before moving to Woodland Park.

Awards/Honors: 
2013 Golden Quill Award for literary excellence and service to the community from the Pikes Peak Library District
2012 Outstanding National Alliance on Mental Illness Member of the Year Award for courage, leadership, and service on behalf of those living with mental illness
2009 Finalist for Iowa Review Award in Non-Fiction for "Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness"
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts, University of Colorado, 1983 - Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado, 1981
Organizations: 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Pikes Peak Writers - Colorado Independent Publishers Association
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Mental illness - Mental health issues and advocacy - Bipolar Disorder - Memoir writing - Getting published - Writing