Kathleen Vyn


Kathleen Vyn has her M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and two nonfiction children's books published by Julian Messner, a division of Simon & Schuster. Her book Haunted Iowa was published by Trails Books in 2008. It has been on the bestseller list in the Iowa category on Amazon.com for over twenty weeks.

As a graduate student at SFSU, she studied with novelist Kay Boyle. She also worked with the poetry in the schools program. She was a contributor to Baby Names for the New Century published by Harper Collins, a bestseller on Amazon.com.

She was awarded a finalist grant for prose (fiction) by the Illinois Arts Council in 2006.

Her short stories have been published in literary magazines such as Rhino, Lynx Eye, the New Press, and Writers of the Desert Sage. She has received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Ossabaw Island Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Foundation and the Wurlitzer Foundation.

Her articles have been published in Omni, Ranger Rick, American Health, American Fitness, Healthfile, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, Silver Kris, Crain's Chicago Business, SAE Off-Highway Engineering, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Marketing News, Sales and Marketing News & Strategies, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Illinois Meetings & Events Magazine, and Office Solutions. Her articles also have appeared on Web Sites such as CBSHealthwatch.com, and Vapor Trails.

She is profiled in Contemporary Authors, Marquis Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, the International Who's Who of Authors and Writers and the International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women.

She worked as a fitness instructor/​trainer at the Robert Crown Center, Evanston, Illinois, the YMCA and corporate facilities.

She has ghostwritten books for psychologists, marketers and other business people.

She can write across many content areas such as travel, ecology,automotive, medicine, health/​fitness, marketing, art and home design.

Her work has been cited in contemporary marketing textbooks as well as by Harvard Divinity School.

She taught writing as adjunct faculty at Columbia College, East-West University, Oakton Community College, and Chicago City College.

Selected Works

non-fiction chidren's book -Yosemite National Park
Two park rangers, flying in a helicopter high over the Sierra Nevada mountains, are looking for a lost hiker.
Follow a team of real-life ghost hunters on the trail of visitors to the Hawkeye State from the spirit world.
Nonfiction children’s

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