Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Joseph Torra

Second Advisor

Askold Melnyczuk

Third Advisor

Timothy Oleksiak


The driving force behind this collection of short stories are the women whose stories are skimmed over or ignored by storytellers. While their conflicts and struggles aren’t particularly extraordinary, it is their enduring courage and strength that brings them out to the other side I wished to shine a light on. Their lives are not glamourous or romantic; they are difficult and made of the grotesque, sticky stuff of a real life lived. Nevertheless, their stories matter and deserve to be committed to paper just as much as any other characters within the American cannon.


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