We Are Humber: David Bezmozgis

NOW x Humber Digital Residency


As part of this month’s NOW x Humber Digital Residency, we’re profiling faculty and alumni from the Humber community. See all of the profiles here.


What do you do at Humber? 

I’m the program director of the Creative Writing program.

What is your industry role?

I’m an author and filmmaker.

What’s one skill students looking to enter your field absolutely must know? 

Perseverance. 

What is the most memorable experience you’ve had working or learning at Humber?

When a student writes something beautiful and unexpected.

Describe something that inspires you about your industry. 

Great writing changes people’s lives.  

The internet and digital technology have upended many creative arts disciplines. How does your Humber program prepare arts professionals for these challenges?

We work closely with industry to understand how they are responding to the changes. We also think across disciplines to find the new opportunities for writers.  

What’s your favourite Toronto festival?

Anything with music that brings people into the street. Salsa on St. Clair is my local one. 

Name a person or organization in your industry who is doing work that you find innovative or inspiring. 

We’re sponsoring the work of the FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity) this year. I’m also interested in the interactive and VR work being done by the NFB. 


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