Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Creative Writing Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Articles 1 - 30 of 116

Full-Text Articles in Creative Writing

Walking The Ridge Of The Whorl, David Naimon Jun 2019

Walking The Ridge Of The Whorl, David Naimon

Dissertations and Theses

In 2010, my wife and I were harmed in a bombing while traveling in India. Over a thousand people were attending the outdoor Hindu ceremony along the Ganges in Varanasi but when I woke up in the rubble no one was there. I searched for my wife amidst the concrete debris, found her unconscious, roused her, and we fled. This thesis is an examination of that gap in my experience, that unlived and unknown lapse of time-- between the moment I was blown off my feet by the blast wind until I stood up again-- and how it has reshaped ...


Murmuration, Braeden Dillenbeck Jul 2018

Murmuration, Braeden Dillenbeck

Dissertations and Theses

The poems that comprise Murmuration are an act of vigilance in the face of loss. At certain moments in the distorted timeline of grief one searches the remaining world around them for signs of the beloved, signs that they are not simply gone but instead transformed or dispersed into another way of being. In this looking one's relationship to the external world undergoes a radical transformation of its own and demands a sustained attention from the bereaved that often draws from, but ultimately outruns cataloguing acts of memory. These poems attempt to render the movements of that attention as ...


Lady Grimm, Tessa Livingstone May 2018

Lady Grimm, Tessa Livingstone

Dissertations and Theses

Lady Grimm is a conceptual assemblage. A substrate of fairy tales, fables, and nursery rhymes provide a basis for transformative and macabre frames, specifically concerning a stillbirth in 1940s Scotland. The collection utilizes the folklore genre to navigate a world of uncertainty and realities too difficult for its speakers to face. It further critiques the assumption of voice being restricted to human cognition. Animalistic totems as sea lions, peacocks, rabbits, and iguanas are some of the spirits summoned in order to explore themes such as motherhood, irreversible loss, abandonment, and choice within choicelessness. The collection begins in tragedy but gestures ...


You Are D. B. Cooper, James Bezerra Apr 2018

You Are D. B. Cooper, James Bezerra

Dissertations and Theses

This thesis is a novel about the 1971 skyjacking of a plane out of Portland Airport. The novel is structured in the style of a choose-your-own-adventure book. It investigates the nature and identity of the skyjacker, who is known as D. B. Cooper.


Lighter Than I Remember, Shane Hayden Jan 2018

Lighter Than I Remember, Shane Hayden

Dissertations and Theses

It is pointless to track one's progress along the energies of the cosmic sea, when independent of the immensely malleable sonic waves, and erase the cessation of elevation. The release never reaches the essence and the static repels them when they are devoid of the white dwarfs or their spiral arms: there is nothing tangible in not exploiting the mind/body connection. At last the summit is exalted. Miniscule solar rays expand into darkness, unhinged and must be nurtured, thought by thought, until magnified in nerve impulse and then put to rest by the still water, thus more quickly ...


At The Trail's End, Naomi Marshall Jan 2018

At The Trail's End, Naomi Marshall

Dissertations and Theses

Oregon City lies at the base of Willamette Falls. It was one of the few known points in the Oregon Territory, as the destination for thousands coming overland to lay claim to the acres upon acres of forested land. Presently, Oregon City is known by its proximity to Portland. The two neighboring settlements were considered "long-distance," when on a spring evening in 1889, energy generated from the falls was carried through 14 miles of recently-laid copper wire to power streetlights in downtown Portland's Chapman Square. It was the first ever long-distance transmission of electricity. Oregon City, the oldest incorporated ...


Animals Coupling: Stories, Corey Robert Millard Jul 2017

Animals Coupling: Stories, Corey Robert Millard

Dissertations and Theses

We find ourselves at a unique place in American history: language is losing its value; decency--or "political correctness"--is becoming taboo; and our future is legislated by those who feel they have been left behind. The stories in Animals Coupling don't attempt to explain contemporary America, but they do attempt to demonstrate (through language, character, style, and circumstance) an expressive rendering of what it looks and feels like to live in the here and now. There is a sense of detachment threading through these works, along with absurdity, loneliness, humor and anomie. But though a minor key may ring ...


The Incident, Nathan Schiller Jan 2017

The Incident, Nathan Schiller

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


To Disappear, Rachel Chenven Powers Oct 2016

To Disappear, Rachel Chenven Powers

Dissertations and Theses

This is a selection of linked lyric essays, covering explorations of memory, experience, nature, transcendence, insignificance, orientation, boredom, privilege, vocation, and more.


Time Spent Away, Andrew Mitin Jul 2016

Time Spent Away, Andrew Mitin

Dissertations and Theses

After the death of his father, Joshua Klein drops out of college and moves to Chicago. Alone in the city and with nothing of consequence to do, he attempts to justify to himself the ways of God, the sense of an early death and what is the good to do in life.

In this excerpt of Time Spent Away, Joshua seeks out the hidden aspects of the city and his spirit. Guided by his father's Bible and the formative texts of his undergraduate coursework, he sets out to complete his own education. During a tour of The Auditorium Building ...


Stellar Works: Searching For The Lives Of Women In Science, Jennifer Elizabeth Woodman Jun 2016

Stellar Works: Searching For The Lives Of Women In Science, Jennifer Elizabeth Woodman

Dissertations and Theses

While women have had a profound impact in the world of science, they struggle to gain an equal foothold in many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields today. This has led to considerable public and private sector efforts to recruit women into these arenas. In order to understand how schools and nonprofits engage today's young women in STEM studies, this account includes time spent both in high school science classrooms and with ChickTech -- a Portland-based organization that works to provide a pathway into tech careers for high school-aged girls.

A historical perspective reveals that modern women aren't ...


A Collection Of Stories, Matthew Marcus Jan 2016

A Collection Of Stories, Matthew Marcus

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Time's Sketchy Rules, Nadirah Baarh Jan 2016

Time's Sketchy Rules, Nadirah Baarh

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Untitled, Alexander Scott Dannemiller May 2015

Untitled, Alexander Scott Dannemiller

Dissertations and Theses

Deeply concerned with body politics, sexual slavery, identity, and technology, this work takes a serious and brutally honest route through the close perspectives of those living it moment by moment. With influences from science fiction, horror, weird, and literary fiction, the untitled novel blends genres for a disturbing account. This novel also plays with constraints in the spirit of many constraint-based writing movements, without the inclusion of names, few identifying markers, and in publication the removal of title, chapter numbers, page numbers, and author name.


Ordinary Women/Extraordinary Lives: Oregon Women And Their Stories Of Persistence, Grit And Grace, Shannon Moon Leonetti May 2015

Ordinary Women/Extraordinary Lives: Oregon Women And Their Stories Of Persistence, Grit And Grace, Shannon Moon Leonetti

Dissertations and Theses

This thesis tells the stories of five Oregon women who transcended the customary roles of their era. Active during the waning years of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, each woman made a difference in the world around them. Their stories have either not been told or just given a passing glance. These tales are important because they inform us about our society on the cusp of the twentieth century.

Hattie Crawford Redmond was the daughter of a freed slave who devoted herself to the fight for women's suffrage. Minnie Mossman Hill was the first ...


Everything Nobody Knew, Annarose Bottos Jan 2015

Everything Nobody Knew, Annarose Bottos

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Being Human: How Four Animals Forever Changed The Way We Live, What We Believe, And Who We Think We Are, Jocelyn Mary Brady Jan 2014

Being Human: How Four Animals Forever Changed The Way We Live, What We Believe, And Who We Think We Are, Jocelyn Mary Brady

Dissertations and Theses

Our lives would not be what they are today without animals. From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, animals provide tangible evidence of their importance every day. But more than that, animals have shaped who we are and what we believe. Often in ways we don't see.

That's what inspired me to write Being Human. This work began as an examination of how humans have altered animals to better match our imaginations and ideals, and too, the way these animals have irrecoverably altered how we live and look at the world. Consider, for example, that ...


The Place Is Prologue, Natalie Caro Jan 2014

The Place Is Prologue, Natalie Caro

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Versions Of Now, Robert Balun Jan 2014

Versions Of Now, Robert Balun

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Elysium, Darren Bulhak Jan 2014

Elysium, Darren Bulhak

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Our Bodies Moving North, Jamie Lynn Bruce Jan 2014

Our Bodies Moving North, Jamie Lynn Bruce

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Sudden Onset, Diane E. Keeney Jan 2014

Sudden Onset, Diane E. Keeney

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


The Ordinary Magic Of Daughters, Dfaye Anderson Jan 2014

The Ordinary Magic Of Daughters, Dfaye Anderson

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Coda, James Boyle Jan 2014

Coda, James Boyle

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Voices. Places, Zachary Gallo Jan 2014

Voices. Places, Zachary Gallo

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Soft Still Voices: A Collection Of Short Stories And Poems, Tejumade Adeyeye Jan 2014

Soft Still Voices: A Collection Of Short Stories And Poems, Tejumade Adeyeye

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


The Dream Is Work, Karin Olander Jan 2014

The Dream Is Work, Karin Olander

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


Two Lips Are All It Takes To Start A Fire: A Collection Of Short Pieces, Lily M. Gelfars Jan 2014

Two Lips Are All It Takes To Start A Fire: A Collection Of Short Pieces, Lily M. Gelfars

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


The Tower Hill Collection And Other Stories, Anna Voisard Jan 2014

The Tower Hill Collection And Other Stories, Anna Voisard

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


All Begins To Bloom: Stories, Daniel Drew Schlegel Jun 2013

All Begins To Bloom: Stories, Daniel Drew Schlegel

Dissertations and Theses

A collection of short stories, All Begins to Bloom follows a range of young protagonists living in the greater Los Angeles area. In a time when even the most underground lifestyles are commodified, when Independent media is just another genre, when every mode of living has seemingly been exhausted, these characters struggle to forge an identity in the face of adulthood.

From a group of surfers reeling from a careless death ("The Pier") to a young artistic couple brought together by the will to overcome an eating disorder ("All Begins to Bloom"), these stories explore the hollow promises among various ...