Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

John Fulton

Second Advisor

Askold Melnyczuk

Third Advisor

Sari Edelstein


This project is the culmination of three years of learning what it means to make a story. Through different narrative perspectives and from different fictional worlds, a broad picture of America is realized. “Western Medicine” takes on a young woman haunted by an opioid addiction and a strained relationship with her mother. “Wacko” is an exploration of male competition in the workplace and is followed by “Televisions”—a short piece about a young boy and violence at home. “Arijiana in the Dark” explores both the magical yet frightening nature of childhood through a young Serbian immigrant. Finally, “The Falls” is a community-narrated story about a small town dealing with economic shortcomings. Collectively, these stories examine both the day-to-day and the tragic, the mundane and the spectacular.


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