I am a mythologist, educator, and poet immersed in mythic and fairy tale studies, researching the initiatory links between myth, ritual, and fairy tales; the hero and heroine quests in literature and film; the archetypal feminine divine; and the role of the supernatural connecting culture, ancestry, and place.


I graduated summa cum laude from Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Arts, independently majoring in World Mythologies and Cultural Anthropology. I earned my Master of Humanities with distinction from Tiffin University, with a concentration in ethnic and multicultural studies.


“In My Own Image: Crafting Poetry About the Sacred Feminine.” Women Versed in Myth: Essays on Modern Poets edited by Colleen S. Harris and Valerie E. Frankel. McFarland Publishing, 2016.

“Becoming.” RED SILK: A Red Tent Anthology edited by Dorothy Block, Elaine Hirschenberger, et. al. Womanspace, 2011.


Joseph Campbell Foundation

Paula J. Vaughan

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