Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Lordan, Beth


This collection attempts to answer the question “What is a story?” by presenting ten stories of characters who, in their attempts to do the right thing, either make things worse or create larger problems for themselves and their objects of affection. Inside, one will find the use of embedded storytelling, the implication of place and bystander, the exploration of violence as the last tool of the frustrated, failed attempts at redemption, and not too few dogs, some of which don’t even die.




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