Matt L. Hall

Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

John Fulton

Second Advisor

Eve Sorum

Third Advisor

Eileen Pollack


This short story collection explores themes of loss, grief, interpersonal relationships, and family dynamics. In Sabrina, the main character struggles with grief surrounding the recent death of his teenage daughter. In Paper Wasps, two brothers meet in an attempt to reconcile their vastly differing life paths. In Bosco, a former self-professed family man tries to come to terms with his recent unease surrounding children. These stories invite the reader to consider the complexities and limitations of their own relationships, and how those relationships help us to navigate the universal experiences of being human.


Free and open access to this Campus Access Thesis is made available to the UMass Boston community by ScholarWorks at UMass Boston. Those not on campus and those without a UMass Boston campus username and password may gain access to this thesis through resources like Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global ( or through Interlibrary Loan. If you have a UMass Boston campus username and password and would like to download this work from off-campus, click on the "Off-Campus UMass Boston Users

Available for download on Wednesday, June 10, 2026