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Michael Vlessides

Photo: Caroline Murphy 2010

Since his 1987 graduation from New York University's School of Journalism (Magna Cum Laude), Michael Vlessides has made a career of creating hard-hitting, refreshing, readable, and rock-solid copy for a wide range of audiences and businesses. From best-selling books to annual reports, anesthesiology to walruses, Michael has done it all.

Most recently, Michael wrote Les Stroud’s Will To Live, Dispatches From The Edge Of Survival, which was released in October 2010. Michael also wrote Les’s best-selling how-to guide Survive! How To Get Out Of Anywhere… Alive, which became a Canadian best-seller. Michael has published a pre-teen title with Avon Publishing's Spinetingler series, and contributed chapters to The Nunavut Handbook and Nunavut ’99.

Michael’s professional writing career began as an employee of Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Office in New York City, where he created press kits for the public relations department. After moving to Major League Baseball Properties, he was responsible for writing and editing press releases, product catalogs, and presentation packages. He also launched the award-winning retail newsletter Extra Innings, which he wrote and edited.

During his 1988-1992 baseball tenure Michael also penned articles for sports licensing trade journals such as Team Licensing Business and SportStyle. Since 1992, Michael has also acted as a consultant for various Major League Baseball clubs during salary arbitration hearings, writing and presenting complex legal briefs.

Michael regularly contributes to several medical trade publications, all of which are circulated to professionals in their field. Once associate editor of Gastroenterology Observer, he has also written for the following journals: Dermatology News, Sports Medicine News, The Canadian Medical Association Journal, General Surgery News, and Oncology Observer. He is a regular contributor to Anesthesiology News, and Pharmacy Practice News (McMahon Publishing; NY, NY).

Michael, who served as editor of Up Here magazine in 1996-97, has contributed to many consumer magazines, including International Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, British Columbia, Reader’s Digest, Canadian Wildlife, Explore, L’Actualité, and Avenue.

Michael helped the Calgary Urban Project Society, a Calgary-based organization that works with street people, create and publish that city’s first and only ‘street newspaper’, Calgary Street Talk. Mike served as editor of Street Talk for a year, seeing the publication through its fledgling stages before passing on the editorial reins.

Michael also produces a considerable body of written collateral materials for North American companies large and small. This includes annual reports, corporate brochures, flyers, product sheets, radio, TV, and print advertisements.

A citizen of both Canada and the USA, Michael currently lives in Canmore, Alberta, with his wife Marty, son Dawson, and daughter Teya.

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Publications

Survive! How To Get Out Of Anywhere -- Alive. Harper Collins, 2008
Will To Live -- Dispatches From The Edge Of Survival. Harper Collins, 2010
Boogey's Back For Blood. Avon, 1996

Awards

Canadian National Magazine Awards, Honourable Mention for Canadian Geographic, 1998
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