Vivian Wagner

P.O. Box 265 New Concord, OH 43762 USA

Professional Experience

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.


15 Years
10 Years


15 Years
13 Years
10 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
15 Years
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
15 Years
Online/new media
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

15 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

ECT News Network-TechNewsWorld, LinuxInsider, etc (10+), 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), (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), (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 (10+), Contently (10+), Demand Media Studios (10+), 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 [], 2008 - 2011 Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1992-1996 Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, 1989-1992

Technical Skills

Photoshop, InDesign, GarageBand, iMovie, SoundSlides

Foreign Language Skills


Computer Skills

Adobe Creative Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher


Digital camera, audio recorder, digital video


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

Work Samples

Rider Magazine

(Rider Magazine 4/1/2013)
A story about my solo motorcycle ride from Ohio to Florida.
(Rider Magazine 10/1/2013)
A story about Deus Ex Machina, a custom motorcycle and surfboard shop in Venice Beach, California.

American Profile

(American Profile 11/13/2005)
Profile of nurse practitioner Mona Counts and the clinic she founded in Pennsylvania.
(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 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 11/16/2008)
A story about Channel Craft and its handcrafted toys.
(American Profile 8/21/2013)
A look at a pawpaw farmer in southeastern Ohio.
(American Profile 2/8/2014)
A story about Etch A Sketch artist Tim George.
(American Profile 7/27/2008)
A feature story about the American Bronzing Company in Columbus, Ohio.
(American Profile 11/2/2008)
A feature story about the Marble King factory in West Virginia.
(American Profile 9/9/2007)
A feature story about the Schantz Organ Company in Orrville, Ohio.
(American Profile 6/25/2009)
An article about picnics, Longaberger baskets, and the Longaberger family, complete with recipes.
(American Profile 12/15/2010)
A feature story about an Ohio man and his snowmobile collection.
(American Profile 8/29/2011)
A look at a young girl's petting zoo and everything she's learning from operating it.
(American Profile 7/29/2010)
A look at a pencil sharpener museum in Ohio, and the man who runs it.
(American Profile 9/4/2012)
A story about how a small Ohio town is bringing itself back to life by painting houses.

ECT News Network

(ECT News Network 10/27/2016)

Kenyon Review Online

(Kenyon Review Online 11/1/2008)
An essay about Hungary, the Holocaust, and the relationship between a father and a daughter.

Blue Water Sailing

(Blue Water Sailing 11/1/2013)
A story about sailing and exploring Alaska's Kachemak Bay State Park.

Caribbean Compass

(Caribbean Compass 4/1/2013)
A story about sailing in the British Virgin Islands.

The Battered Suitcase

(The Battered Suitcase 6/1/2008)
A lyric list about Afghanistan, pomegranates, a midlife crisis, and September 11.

Narratively Magazine

(Narratively Magazine 8/1/2014)
A story about the invention, history, and marketing of freeze-dried ice cream.

Toasted Cheese

(Toasted Cheese 6/1/2008)
An essay on cooking, mothering, and independence.

Two Hawks Quarterly

(Two Hawks Quarterly 5/26/2009)
A personal essay about life, death, and money.

Apple Valley Review

(Apple Valley Review 4/1/2014)
A creative nonfiction essay.

Slice of Life

(Slice of Life 4/20/2012)
A personal essay about parents, motorcycles, and mortality.

Zone 3

(Zone 3 10/1/2013)
A creative nonfiction essay about motorcycles, guns, loss, and grief.

( 4/29/2011)
A story about Roar Motorcycles for Women in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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.

The Atlantic

(The Atlantic 8/1/2014)
A story about the psychology and sociology of littering.


(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.


(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.