Michael J. Vaughn

Michael J. Vaughn
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Michael J. Vaughn is the author of seventeen books, most recently Mascot, a literary novel set in a minor league baseball park. He is a competitions judge for Writer’s Digest, a thirty-year opera critic, and drummer for the San Francisco rock band Exit Wonderland.

Vaughn is also an active poet, with more than 100 poems published in journals both off- and on-line. He graduated from San Jose State with a journalism degree and a classical voice minor. He was born in Brunswick, Maine, and spent

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ARTIST LAUREATE AWARD INFO

What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

Absolute affirmation. I was still in the beginning of my professional career, and the Arts Council's award provided a much-needed encouragement, a message that I was doing the right thing.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

I am still on the steady, productive track I've always been on. The subjects of my novels are still the same - relationships, psychology, social issues, performing artists - but I have learned not to say as much, to let the reader fill in the blanks. To see (or buy) any my books, go to: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-J.-Vaughn/e/B002IP76E8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

Focus on the art itself.

Sadly unrelated to merit.