R.M. Vaughan

Born in Saint John, NB in 1965, R.M. (Richard) Vaughan is one of the most eclectic artists to have emerged from the province in the past twenty-five years. Poet, playwright, filmmaker, novelist, essayist, art critic, and visual/media artist, his eclecticism finds parallel only among the Acadian artists of the province. He attended secondary schools in southern New Brunswick before enrolling at UNB Saint John, where he obtained a BA in English and Creative Writing in 1987. It was in that university’s literary magazine, The Cormorant, that he published his first works. A few years later he completed a Masters degree in English at UNB Fredericton. His first full volume of poetry was published in 1996 as A Selection of Dazzling Scarves. Openly gay and seeking wider (and likely more tolerant) vistas, he relocated to Toronto in the mid 1990s, finding an early home in that city’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Toronto continues to be his base. An outspoken, fearless, and original commentator on the nation’s art scene, he has written ardently in defence of authors and artists in Canada. He is widely acknowledged as having been a pioneer in shaping a queer literary poetics in Canada.

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The linked Author Page contains the poems "10 Reasons Why I Fall in Love with Inaccessible Straight Boys Every Damn Time," "insight into private affairs … raises certain barristers and magistrates to such great heights," and "Safe." It also contains an excerpt from the longer poem "The McHugh Suite" and the essay "A Garden Gnome Infestation."