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.
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
Total Media Industry Experience
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), 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 (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 [www.inthefray.org], 2008 - 2011
Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1992-1996
Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, 1989-1992
Photoshop, InDesign, GarageBand, iMovie, SoundSlides
Foreign Language 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