Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Jane Unrue

Second Advisor

Joseph Torra

Third Advisor

Emilio Sauri


FLOTSAM is a novel in short stories that explores near-dystopian scenarios informed by contemporary American socio-political issues. Each story focuses on the predicament of a low or middle class person, all of whom must cope with their crumbling, thinning environment and subsequent, pervasive feelings of loneliness and isolation. Among its many themes, ‘Halogen’ explores how humans try to cope with mass, widespread violence; ‘Cooperstown’ reflects on the stark inequities of privatized healthcare; and ‘Flotsam’ examines coastal erosion and ocean contamination in the Pacific northwest. The thesis explores the forms prose writing might take in light of a post-Globalist ideological movement and post-catastrophe urban flight.


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