Curriculum Vitae

Karyn Zweifel
1512 13th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
205-251-0806 205-370-0806
Karyn@KarynZweifel.com

Skills

Feature writing
Research
Speech writing
Grant writing
Ghostwriting

Education

University of Alabama at Birmingham
G.P.A. 3.88/4.0
English major/Communications Arts minor
Philosophy minor
Graduated June 5, 1983

Alabama School of Fine Arts
1975 – 1979

Experience

Freelance writer, February 1985 to present

Site Manager, Porticomag.com 2007-2009
Archivist/Historian Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind: 2000-2007

Site Manager, AIDB.org 1997-98, 2004-2007

Editor, Sights and Sounds Fall 2004

Editor, “Communicator” (AIDB internal publication)
2002-2004

Author
Covered Bridge Ghost Stories (1995, Crane Hill)
Southern Vampires (1995, Crane Hill)
Dog-Gone Ghost Stories (1996, Crane Hill)
Gorgeous Georgia (1997, Premium Press)
Great American Golf (1999, Premium Press)
Alabama Arts (2007, The Birmingham News)
Contractor’s Book of Excuses (2009)
My Girl, Mary Pearl (forthcoming, Gallaudet University Press)

Publications
“On a Roll” in Portico Magazine, December 2008

“Military Style” Preservation Online June 2008

“Anniston Reborn” audio feature on WBHM May2008

“10 Things I Learned Collecting Vampire Stories in the South” in Portico Magazine, October 2008

“Golfing with a Gun” in Portico Magazine, September 2008

“Love Conquers All” in Portico Magazine July 2008

“A Horse, of Course” May 2008

“Florescent Fairytale” in Flower Magazine, Spring, 2008.

“Lost Arts: Alabama Folk School” in Portico Magazine, February, 2008.

“Arizona’s Other Canyon” in the Chilliwack Times, November 2, 2007.

“A Round of Applause” in Portico Magazine, October 2007

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Publications
(continued) “Living with History” in Birmingham Weekly, September, 2007

“Arts Education” in Portico Magazine, August 2007

“Arizona’s Other Canyon” forthcoming on Traveling Tales ( www.travelingtales.com)

“Bearly Surviving Yellowstone” forthcoming on Traveling Mom (www.travelingmom.com)

“Magical McClellan” in Portico Magazine, May 2007

Deafness Issues e-newsletter 2000; 2005-present
(archived at http://groups.yahoo.com group/
aidbdeafness/messages?o=1)

Blindness Issues e-newsletter 2000; 2005-present
(archived at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aidb-
blindness/messages?o=1)

“Alabama Instructional Resource Center for the Blind” in Howe’s Now (quarterly newsletter of the Council of Schools for the Blind) Spring 2006

Cowritten with Pat Byington: “Penguins” editorial in Birmingham News, January 29, 2006

Cowritten with Pat Byington: ”Katrina” editorial in Birmingham News November, 2005

“Finding Focus: Kids are Drawn to the Fun and Fitness of Karate” in Portico Magazine May 2005

“Frieda Meacham” Community Hero column in Birmingham Parent March 2005

“Finally Heard: deaf Alabamians with mental health needs are now being properly diagnosed and treated” in Portico Magazine February 2005

“A Journey of Self-Discovery” in Sights and Sounds Fall 2004

“Ability Stands Out in Any Language” in Sights and Sounds Fall 2004

“AIDB Stars Shine Around the World” in Sights and Sounds Fall 2004

“Clean Socks and A Sense of Purpose,” in Sights and Sounds Fall 2004

“Hope Lodge” in Alabama Alive October 2004

“ASFA Alumni” in Portico Magazine September 2004

“History through Deaf Eyes” in Birmingham Weekly Arts & Culture Section September 7, 2004

“Differently-Abled Children at Camp McDowell Environmental Center” in Birmingham Parent July 2004

“Blind Boys of Alabama” in Alabama Alive June 2004

Various legislative editorials, ghostwritten, published in
major Alabama daily newspapers February-March 2004

“Lost Time at the Victoria-Jungfrau” at Go World Travel March 2004

Various legislative editorials, ghostwritten, published in major Alabama daily newspapers October 2003

Editorial in favor of tax reform, ghostwritten, published in
The Birmingham News August 2003

Various editorials in favor of tax reform, ghostwritten, published in major Alabama daily newspapers August 2003

Legislative editorials, ghostwritten, published in the Birmingham News and the Anniston Star June 2003

Editorial in favor of education reform, ghostwritten, published in the Birmingham News May 2003

Cowritten with Verna Gates: “Tapping Into E-Learning:
after years of getting a bad rap, online education is paying off for nontraditional students” in Military Officer Magazine January 2003

Environmental editorial, ghostwritten, published in the Birmingham News May 2002

Legislative editorial, ghostwritten, published in the
Birmingham News May 2002

Environmental editorial, ghostwritten, published in the
Birmingham News January 2002

Legislative editorial, ghostwritten, published in the
Birmingham News January 2002

“Advances in Eye Care” in Sights and Sounds Fall 2001
“A Force for Change” in Sights and Sounds Summer 2000
Environmental editorials, ghostwritten, published in the Memphis Appeal and Birmingham News March 2000

“Whatever It Takes” in Sights and Sounds Fall 1999

“What’s In A Brain?” in Sights and Sounds Winter 1997

“A Clear Difference” in Sights and Sounds Summer 1997

“Quality Education Demands Quality Communications” in Sights and Sounds Fall/Winter 1996

“Help Wanted: Skilled Interpreters” in Sights and Sounds Fall/Winter 1996

“Pursuing Higher Education” in Sights and Sounds
Fall/Winter 1996

“As the Spirit Moves You” in Sights and Sounds Summer 1995

“Technology Leads to a Whole New World” in Sights and Sounds Summer 1995

Awards

N.Y. Art Directors Club
Crystal Award/Champion Paper
Mead Top 60
American Economic Development Council Print Magazine
International Newspaper Marketing Association
American Library Association YALSA Award 1996
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Special Merit Award 1999
Award of Excellence, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2001

Volunteer Activities

John Anderson Presidential Campaign 1980
public speaking
office administration
fundraising

National Organization for Women 1982-2001
phone banks
rallies

Ben Erdreich Congressional Campaign 1982
office staff

Gary Hart Presidential Campaign 1984, 1988
office staff
fundraising
neighborhood canvassing

American Heart Association 1986-1994
neighborhood canvassing

Rape Response 1986
rape survivor counseling
after-hours hotline counseling

Southside Ministries 1990
fundraising

Redmont School 1992
fundraising
public relations

Birmingham AIDS Outreach 1993
fundraising

AIDS Task Force of Alabama 1993
fundraising

St. Andrews’ Episcopal Church
Christian Education Committee 1990-1999
Sunday School teacher 1990-1999
Nursery Coordinator 1992-1995
Stewardship Committee 1992
Flower Guild 1990-1998
AIDS Outreach Committee 1992-1997
St. Andrew’s Preschool Committee 1993-2000
Hospitality Committee 2000-present

Clinton Presidential Campaign 1992 office staff
phone banks
neighborhood canvassing
community outreach

Community Kitchens 1993-1994
kitchen volunteer

Alabama Arise 1993-present
legislative lobbying

John Kerry Presidential Campaign 2004
office staff
phone banks
neighborhood canvassing
community outreach
voter registration

Homeschool Parent 2000, 2002-2010
Field Trip Coordinator
Asbury Academy Board

McDowell Environmental Camp, Teacher’s Advisory Board 2008-present

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