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
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
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 do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
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
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Focus on the art itself.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Sadly unrelated to merit.
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