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  Vivian Wagner
Professional/Personal Overview
  I have written about motorcycles, sailing, packrafting, fiddling, banking software, napping, skiing, augmented reality, global warming, Agent Orange, high-tech coffeemakers, bronzed baby shoes, a marble factory, mudpies, pottery, social networking, smartphones, tomatoes, wikis, robots, baskets, solar power, beards, picnics, snowmobiles, wooden carousels, Scrabble, campaign contributions, picnics, Afghanistan, periodontists, collaborative filmmaking, and many other eclectic topics. An award-winning writer and photographer with an eye for the unusual, I focus on music, food, travel, humor, technology, health, literary journalism, and creative nonfiction. My company, V Creative Enterprises, LLC, also provides a variety of writing, editing, photography, design, and coaching services.
Work Info
Photographer 10 Years
Writer 15 Years
Travel 10 Years
Lifestyle 15 Years
Technology 13 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
ECT News Network-TechNewsWorld, LinuxInsider, etc (11+), American Profile (6-10), Ohio State Alumni Magazine (3-5), Workplace (3-5), American Express OPEN Forum (1-2), Clean Eating (1-2), Rider Magazine (1-2), Senior Housing News (1-2), Slice of Life (1-2), SocialLending.net (1-2), The Atlantic (1-2), The Battered Suitcase (1-2), The Lion and the Unicorn (1-2), The Pinch (1-2), Toasted Cheese (1-2), Vegetarian Times (1-2), VegNews (1-2), American Way (1-2), Bluegrass Unlimited (1-2), Destinations New England (1-2), ECOllective (1-2), Entrepreneur (1-2), Geek Monthly (1-2), GKBusiness.com (1-2), Go: The Inflight Magazine of AirTran Airways (1-2), Kenyon Review Online (1-2), Narratively Magazine (1-2), O: The Oprah Magazine (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
American Express OPEN Forum (11+), Contently (11+), Demand Media Studios (11+), Oxbury Publishing-Bourbon & Bayonets (6-10), Boston Publishing (1-2)
Other Work History
Owner, V Creative Enterprises, LLC: 2014-present

Associate Professor of English, Muskingum University, 2003-present

Freelance Writer, Editor, & Photographer: 1996-present

News Editor, In the Fray [www.inthefray.org], 2008 - 2011

Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1992-1996

Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, 1989-1992
Computer Skills
Adobe Creative Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher
Technical Skills
Photoshop, InDesign, GarageBand, iMovie, SoundSlides
Digital camera, audio recorder, digital video
Foreign Language Skills
Available upon request.
Finalist in 2015 CutBank chapbook competition for REPAST: Essays on Food, History, and Self

Semi-finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Contest, 2014

Bear River Writers' Workshop scholarships, 2012 and 2014

Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, June, 2007

Sheridan Barker Adviser of the Year Award, 2006, from the Society for Collegiate Journalists.

First Place Personality Profile, Trade Publications category, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards 2005, for A Voice for Migrant Women.

Runcible Spoon Creative Nonfiction Scholarship and Second Place Nonfiction Scholarship, Indiana University Writers Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, June 5-10, 2005.

Creative Nonfiction Scholarship, RopeWalk Writers Retreat, New Harmony, Indiana, June 13-19, 2004.
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Society of Professional Journalists, Outdoor Writers Association of America
Society of Professional Journalists, Authors Guild, Association of Writers & Writing Programs
I have a Ph.D. in English (University of Illinois, 1996), specializing in American literature and popular culture.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Zanesville, OH. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(Citadel Press/Kensington Books, 4/27/2010)
Part travel narrative, part music history, and part memoir, this book traces my adventures as I learn to play the fiddle.
American Profile  
(American Profile, 2/8/2014)
A story about Etch A Sketch artist Tim George.
(American Profile, 8/21/2013)
A look at a pawpaw farmer in southeastern Ohio.
(American Profile, 9/4/2012)
A story about how a small Ohio town is bringing itself back to life by painting houses.
(American Profile, 8/29/2011)
A look at a young girl's petting zoo and everything she's learning from operating it.
(American Profile, 12/15/2010)
A feature story about an Ohio man and his snowmobile collection.
(American Profile, 7/29/2010)
A look at a pencil sharpener museum in Ohio, and the man who runs it.
(American Profile, 6/25/2009)
An article about picnics, Longaberger baskets, and the Longaberger family, complete with recipes.
(American Profile, 11/16/2008)
A story about Channel Craft and its handcrafted toys.
(American Profile, 11/2/2008)
A feature story about the Marble King factory in West Virginia.
(American Profile, 7/27/2008)
A feature story about the American Bronzing Company in Columbus, Ohio.
(American Profile, 9/9/2007)
A feature story about the Schantz Organ Company in Orrville, Ohio.
(American Profile, 4/8/2007)
A look at the Wilson Bohannan Padlock Company in Ada, Ohio.
(American Profile, 10/22/2006)
Profile of Jim Henke, the curator of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
(American Profile, 2/19/2006)
Since 1990, The Chandlersville Courier has been bringing the local news to the people of Chandlersville, Ohio (pop. 85), as well as to former residents of the town.
(American Profile, 11/13/2005)
Profile of nurse practitioner Mona Counts and the clinic she founded in Pennsylvania.
The Battered Suitcase  
(The Battered Suitcase, 6/1/2008)
A lyric list about Afghanistan, pomegranates, a midlife crisis, and September 11.
Toasted Cheese  
(Toasted Cheese, 6/1/2008)
An essay on cooking, mothering, and independence.
Kenyon Review Online  
(Kenyon Review Online, 11/1/2008)
An essay about Hungary, the Holocaust, and the relationship between a father and a daughter.
Two Hawks Quarterly  
(Two Hawks Quarterly, 5/26/2009)
A personal essay about life, death, and money.
(Entrepreneur.com, 4/29/2011)
A story about Roar Motorcycles for Women in Daytona Beach, Florida.
ECT News Network  
(ECT News Network)
Go: The Inflight Magazine of AirTran Airways  
(Go: The Inflight Magazine of AirTranAirways, 3/1/2012)
A look at cooking schools and classes in northeast Ohio.
Slice of Life  
(Slice of Life, 4/20/2012)
A personal essay about parents, motorcycles, and mortality.
(C4: The Chamber Four Lit Mag, 5/1/2012)
Creative nonfiction essay about crocheting.
O: The Oprah Magazine  
(O: The Oprah Magazine, 8/20/2012)
A story about Laura Klock and her Bike Rebuild program.
Rider Magazine  
(Rider Magazine, 10/1/2013)
A story about Deus Ex Machina, a custom motorcycle and surfboard shop in Venice Beach, California.
(Rider Magazine, 4/1/2013)
A story about my solo motorcycle ride from Ohio to Florida.
Caribbean Compass  
(Caribbean Compass, 4/1/2013)
A story about sailing in the British Virgin Islands.
Zone 3  
(Zone 3, 10/1/2013)
A creative nonfiction essay about motorcycles, guns, loss, and grief.
Blue Water Sailing  
(Blue Water Sailing, 11/1/2013)
A story about sailing and exploring Alaska's Kachemak Bay State Park.
Apple Valley Review  
(Apple Valley Review, 4/1/2014)
A creative nonfiction essay.
The Atlantic  
(The Atlantic, 8/1/2014)
A story about the psychology and sociology of littering.
Narratively Magazine  
(Narratively Magazine, 8/1/2014)
A story about the invention, history, and marketing of freeze-dried ice cream.
Contact Info
  Vivian Wagner
P.O. Box 265
New Concord, OH 43762

Tel: 740-297-1115  
E-Mail: vivian@vivianwagner.net
Website: http://www.vivianwagner.net