RM Vaughan was UNB's 38th writer-in-residence for the 2019-2020 academic year. He was a successful creative writer, journalist and video artist whose books include the poetry collections A Selection of Dazzling Scarves, Invisible to Predators, Ruined Stars, Troubled, and Ve1Xe. His novels A Quilted Heart and Spells both were met with critical acclaim, and he was the author of many theatre works, including the recently published "One Year After", as well as the plays "Camera", "Woman" and "The Monster Trilogy". A selected essays, entitled Compared to Hitler, was released in 2013 and his non-fiction book Bright Eyed: Insomnia and its Cultures was a bestseller in Canada and in translation in South Korea. Vaughan's most recent publication, the chapbook, Contemporary Art Hates You, was launched in July 2020. His video collaboration, "House Dress" toured Mexico as part of retrospective of queer video works. He was a regular arts columnist and critic for several newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail and the National Post and was a board member and arts editor of This Magazine.
Vaughan was born in Saint John and raised in St. Martins and Quispamsis. He completed his BA (1987) and MA (1991) in English from University of New Brunswick. He passed away in Fredericton in October 2020.
UA Case 191; Section 2; RM Vaughan