Connie Marie Vaughn, M.A., M.B.A.
Northwestern University, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Specialized Studies: Narrative Journalism, Evanston, Illinois, 2015.
The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Concentrations in Marketing and Organizational Behavior, M.B.A., 2001.
Loyola University of Chicago, Developmental Psychology, M.A., 1993.
Miami University, Mathematics & Statistics, Oxford, Ohio, B.A., 1987.
Chicago Dramatists, Miami University, University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, University of Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music, The Neo-Futurists, Columbia College, Second City Training Center. Solo Performance, Advanced Solo Show, Memoir, Poetry, Personal Essay, Storytelling, Improvisation, Songwriting, Music Theory, Writing the Monologue, Writing the One-Person Play.
The School for International Training, TESOL Certificate, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2013.
Freelance Writer, 2002-present.
Journalism Intern, Chicago Reader, 2013.
Marketing Consultant, 2006-present. Marketing positions in various agencies and companies, 1993-present.
ESOL Teacher, International Family Resource Center, Lifepoint Solutions, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2010-2013.
Adjunct Professor, Business Statistics, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago, 2006-2007.
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
- Blogger, 2013-2014. (www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ArticleArchives?author=11524153)
- Blogger, 2011-2012. (connievaughn.com/decade)
- Member, Greater Cincinnati Writers League. (cincinnatiwritersleague.org)
- Poetry Judge for Greater Cincinnati Writers League and Ohio Poetry Day contests, 2011, 2012.
“How to survive the Chicago apocalypse," the Chicago Reader, http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/04/24/how-to-survive-the-chicago-apocalypse, April 24, 2014.
“What we learned at the Chicago Humanities Festival" ("Race in America has to be learned"/Chimamanda Adichie and "Crows have two sounds"/Anne Carson), the Chicago Reader, http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/humanities-festival-animals-what-we-learned/Content?oid=11524154, November 13, 2013.
“Blood Lines” and “Gerardo,” For a Better World 2011: Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice by Greater Cincinnati Artists, Ghosn Publishing, May 2011.
“I, Colony,” In Our Own Words, bbbooks.com/ioow.html, Fall 2010.
“Prometheus Outbound” and “Waking Up,” Fickle Muses, ficklemuses.com, November 15, 2009.
“Antarctica,” Grain Magazine, Saskatchewan, Winter 2008/2009.
“The World and the Fall,” Wild Things: Domestic and Otherwise, TallGrass/Outrider Press annual literary anthology, June 2008.
“The Karaoke Cop,” NorthShore magazine, November 2007.
“Closure,” Late Blooms 2007 annual contest, lanaayers.com, October 2007.
“Finding Oz,” The Journal, Ohio State University, Spring/Summer 2007.
“Last Day with Clara” and “Feng Shui Solution,” Northwest Cultural Council’s 3rd Annual International Juried Exhibition, northwestculturalcouncil.org, November 2006.
“Escaping the Slaughterhouse” and “Cannibal,” Asphalt, v1:n1, May 2003. Relaunch of literary journal by Columbia College Chicago.
“All I Ever Wanted,” in her own voice, Naperville, Illinois, v7:n4, Spring 2002.
“Why I Am Not a Psychologist,” 2001, published at official Website of novel Fireflies in the Shadow of the Sun by J.W. Ehrenfels, Bedside Books/American Book Publishing Group, 2004.
READINGS AND PERFORMANCES
Writer/Performer, "Why Can't We All Just Act Like a Family," 4th Annual Solo Showcase, Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series, 2015. Writer/Performer, "Babies in Boxes," 3rd Annual Solo Showcase, Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series, 2014.
Featured poet, annual SOS Art community art show and event of creative expressions for peace and justice, Art Academy of Cincinnati, 2011 and 2012.
Poet/MC and Co-Organizer, Open Mic community event to support Hope House, Miami University Middletown Ohio, 2011.
Featured poet, TallGrass Writers Guild, Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, 2008.
Storyteller, Speak Easy/Speak Hard, Chicago, 2007.
Featured poet, Northwest Cultural Council annual arts exhibition reception, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 2006 and 2007.
Finalist and Poet/Performer, 10th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Awards, Guild Complex, Chicago, 2003.
Scratch online literary journal launch party reading, Northwestern University, 2003.
Asphalt literary journal launch party reading, Columbia College, 2003.
Performing poet, Around the Coyote arts festival, Wicker Park, Chicago, 2002. Juried selection by Poetry Center of Chicago.
MayFest Art Showcase poetry reading, Columbia College, 2002.
Featured poet, Word: The Poetry Collective reading, Columbia College, 2002.
Britt, M. (2012, September 24). How Does Self Talk Improve Your Game? The Psych Files Podcast, Episode 181. Quoted at 13:30-16:30. http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2012/09/ep-181-sports-psychology/
Shears, T. (1999, Winter). Evolution of consulting: Technology fuels new solutions. GSB Chicago, 21:1, 19-20. Quoted on p. 20.
AWARDS, PRIZES, HONORS
Miami University Malcolm Sedam Writing Contest winner for nonfiction and poetry, 2011.
Burning Bush poetry prize winner for "I, Colony," Santa Rosa, California, 2010.
Honorable Mention for poem “Discoverer,” 2009 Lucidity Poetry Journal contest.
Honorable Mention for essay "Slowing Down," 2009 Writer's Digest competition.
$500 Short Grain contest winner for “Antarctica,” Saskatchewan, Winter 2008/2009.
2nd Prize for “Blood Lines,” Pen and Brush, New York, 2008.
$500 William Allen Creative Nonfiction prize, “Finding Oz,” The Journal, Ohio State University, Spring 2007. Judge Robin Hemley, Director, Creative Nonfiction Program, University of Iowa.
Honorable Mention for “Lake County,” Northwest Cultural Council’s Annual International Juried Exhibition, 2007. Honorable Mentions for “Last Day with Clara” and “Feng Shui Solution,” 2006.
Honorable Mention for “Closure,” Late Blooms annual contest, 2007.
Finalist, 10th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Awards. Juried selection, Guild Complex, Chicago, 2003.
Finalist in 2001 Annual Unisong International Song Contest for original song “This Side of Someday.” Placed in top 10% of over 4,000 entries.
Loyola University Dean’s fellowship.
Miami University Patten senior prize in psychology and McFarland senior prize in mathematics & statistics.