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2016

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This Is Not Your Life, Ella M. Carroll-Smith Dec 2016

This Is Not Your Life, Ella M. Carroll-Smith

Stonecoast MFA

My novel, This Is Not Your Life examines themes of identity, class, and fate. Identical twin sisters, Annie and Quinn Graves, shared a troubled childhood, which led each of them down very different life paths. Annie is now climbing the corporate ladder at work, while Quinn leads the perfect family life in Richmond’s elite suburbs. And yet, they’re both unhappy, yearning for something different than the lives that seem to have chosen them. The two women decide to switch places for a while, hoping for a change of scenery and lifestyle. However, that decision has potentially disastrous consequences ...


Crafting Iron And Other Stories, Bryana Michelle Fern Dec 2016

Crafting Iron And Other Stories, Bryana Michelle Fern

Master's Theses

The stories that follow in this collection attempt to reveal studies in characters facing loneliness, and to do so by following Alice Munro’s conception of plot—the notion that characters shape the plot according to their position in the various “rooms” of the story. Feelings of loneliness look different for everyone, and necessitate many different methods of filling that hole. In these stories, many variations of loneliness are explored. A Vietnam veteran struggles to find healing through the adoption of his young godson, whose father was his best friend in the war; a lady in Surrey, England, takes a ...


People Sitting In The Dark: Stories, Trent Chabot Dec 2016

People Sitting In The Dark: Stories, Trent Chabot

Graduate Theses

In my story collection, People Sitting in the Dark: Stories, I explore the ever troubling theme of how to cope with loss, and occasionally, how to cope with not losing when one is so accustomed to it. Though some of my stories are connected with reappearing characters, they are not all written in such a way. Characters in the background of one story may be given the narration of one later in the story, thus changing how the reader views the character through difference perspectives. I wanted to explore how point of view can drastically change the sympathy and empathy ...


Greenbroke: Stories, Sarah Jean Rains Dec 2016

Greenbroke: Stories, Sarah Jean Rains

Graduate Theses

In my collection Greenbroke: Stories, I explore the underbelly of the equestrian world. On the surface, the equestrian community is viewed as a world for the wealthy. It is viewed as a community of extravagance and excess. Additionally, there are few pieces of fiction that actually take the reader beyond the glamor of the surface. My stories do just that. Throughout my collection it was my aim to allow readers into a world that is different from the stereotypical equine community they thought they knew. In my stories, horse people watch their worlds collapse around them. My characters exist as ...


How To Hitchhike West With A Promise, Max Wojciechowski Dec 2016

How To Hitchhike West With A Promise, Max Wojciechowski

All NMU Master's Theses

This work is an excerpt of a larger novel in progress that closely follows the journey of the main character, Charlie, who is hitchhiking from the Chicago suburbs to California in order to spread his mother’s ashes. It takes inspiration from the traditional American road trip novels, while following a contemporary narrative that dives into the main character’s judgmental attitude toward his fellow human. The story highlights his character growth with tips for hitchhiking that Charlie directs toward the audience sporadically throughout the piece. Charlie happens to be gay. A conscious decision was made to not highlight his ...


2016-The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of Spinifex Press, Kathleen Barry Nov 2016

2016-The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of Spinifex Press, Kathleen Barry

Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence

No abstract provided.


Desert Palms, Carolyn D. Pledge-Amaral Oct 2016

Desert Palms, Carolyn D. Pledge-Amaral

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

DESERT PALMS is a contemporary women’s novel set in an Arizona RV park. When Miamians Margie Campos and her husband, Carlos, unexpectantly inherit Desert Palms, a rundown retirement community, Margie reluctantly agrees to stay in Arizona to overhaul the park. With the discovery of a secret letter that threatens to unravel the family, an unscrupulous broker determined to buy the park on the cheap, and a husband bent on hitting it big, Margie digs in and starts to find purpose amidst a desert microcosm.

Told from Margie’s perspective in a closely attached third person, DESERT PALMS is a ...


Real California Living, Jennifer Murvin Oct 2016

Real California Living, Jennifer Murvin

CutBank

No abstract provided.


Bloodlines, Maxim Loskutoff Oct 2016

Bloodlines, Maxim Loskutoff

CutBank

No abstract provided.


Weeki Wachee, 1980, Laura Gabel-Hartman Oct 2016

Weeki Wachee, 1980, Laura Gabel-Hartman

CutBank

No abstract provided.


Orphan Markdown, Dan Pinkerton Oct 2016

Orphan Markdown, Dan Pinkerton

CutBank

No abstract provided.


Crick, Terrance Manning, Jr. Oct 2016

Crick, Terrance Manning, Jr.

CutBank

No abstract provided.


The Molloy Student Literary Magazine Volume 14, Damian Hey Ph.D., Joseph Ostapiuk, Chloe Chappa, Adrianna Solis, Mary Akt Gallagher, Morgan Anderson, Frank Caiazzo, Nicole Esposito, Lauren Kalista, Vincent Mascia, Christopher Rontanini, Annmarie Sivert, Meghan Kristyn Collins, Emily Jareb, Helen Daly, Idalis Jones, Elizabeth Miranda, Victoria Vaglica Oct 2016

The Molloy Student Literary Magazine Volume 14, Damian Hey Ph.D., Joseph Ostapiuk, Chloe Chappa, Adrianna Solis, Mary Akt Gallagher, Morgan Anderson, Frank Caiazzo, Nicole Esposito, Lauren Kalista, Vincent Mascia, Christopher Rontanini, Annmarie Sivert, Meghan Kristyn Collins, Emily Jareb, Helen Daly, Idalis Jones, Elizabeth Miranda, Victoria Vaglica

The Molloy Student Literary Magazine

The Molloy Student Literary Magazine, sponsored by Molloy College’s Office of Student Affairs, is devoted to publishing the best previously unpublished works of prose, poetry, drama, literary review, criticism, and other literary genres, that the Molloy student community has to offer. The journal welcomes submissions, for possible publication, from currently enrolled Molloy students at all levels. All submitted work will undergo a review process initiated by the Managing Editor prior to a decision being made regarding publication of said work. Given sufficient content, The Molloy Student Literary Magazine is published twice annually in Spring and Fall.


A Lagoa Do Cacimbo, Heather Leila H. Jordan Mph Oct 2016

A Lagoa Do Cacimbo, Heather Leila H. Jordan Mph

Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective

A Lagoa do Cacimbo is a work of fiction which explores the dissonance between modern, urban, middle class Angolans and their rural past.


Doesn't Play Well With Others, Beau K. Charles Oct 2016

Doesn't Play Well With Others, Beau K. Charles

Student Publications

The mock-memoir Doesn’t Play Well With Others explores (white)queerness, mental health, trauma, and love in various literary forms such as screenplay format, visual illustration, erratic footnotes, gritty realism, sentence fragments and way too much personal information, all steeped in a bath of metafiction. The author recommends listening to “Tubthumping” prior to reading.


The Die Hards, Casey S. O'Higgins Oct 2016

The Die Hards, Casey S. O'Higgins

Student Publications

A prequel to the Up-All-Nighters, a glimpse into the tragic tale of Rick Rearman: Vampire Hunter. The average man living a supernatural life, Rick Rearman hunts for creatures of the night to avenge his fallen mother. Rearman only wants three things in life, a girl, justice, and a new wardrobe. The spectacularly unspectacular Rick Rearman doesn't deserve a poetry; however, his story was too compelling to pass up.


Ouachita To Host Andy Davidson In Fiction Reading Sept. 29, Brooke Zimny, Ouachita News Bureau Sep 2016

Ouachita To Host Andy Davidson In Fiction Reading Sept. 29, Brooke Zimny, Ouachita News Bureau

Press Releases

Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Language and Literature will host author Andy Davidson in a reading of his debut novel, In the Valley of the Sun, on Thursday, Sept. 29. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in Hickingbotham Hall’s Young Auditorium on Ouachita’s campus.


Olive In An Oak Grove: A Novel, Haley Quinton Aug 2016

Olive In An Oak Grove: A Novel, Haley Quinton

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Olive Delaney has not seen her dysfunctional family in seven years, but now she has to return to her childhood home in Louisiana because her father is dying. She is reunited with her simultaneously strict-but-absent parents, her twin brother, Hugo, with whom she was once close but has now grown apart, and her childhood best friend and possible lost love, Owen. Olive must learn how to be part of her family again while also dealing with the problems and family secrets of the past. The novella shuttles back and forth in time--every other chapter contains an event from Olive’s ...


Paranormal Orgy, Cameron M. Contois Aug 2016

Paranormal Orgy, Cameron M. Contois

All NMU Master's Theses

Paranormal Orgy is a novel length work that explores a world full of the paranormal— demons and vampires and aliens— and how some very real, very flawed characters get by in the face of these monsters. Many different points of view are utilized in this work, beginning with the point of view of a 15-year-old girl who may or may not be possessed. Haunted by the prospect of growing up, this girl attempts to live and love in the world of the strange. Other point of views explored include that of an addict, an estranged daughter, a strict grandmother, and ...


Golden Fantasy: An Examination Of Generic & Literary Fantasy In Popular Writing, Zechariah James Morrison Jun 2016

Golden Fantasy: An Examination Of Generic & Literary Fantasy In Popular Writing, Zechariah James Morrison

Honors Projects

This essay attempts to analyze critical theory concerning the division between generic fantasy fiction and higher fantasy literature. In examining how these two different types of fantasy writing are identified by popular criticism, the space in-between is defined and labeled "golden fantasy". This kind of fantasy is identified by maintaining a balance between subversive originality, and derivative reproduction, and is generally popular among consumers and academics as a source of both entertainment and scholarly research. The essay is then followed by 3 original chapters by the essay writer, in an attempt to demonstrate some of the elements of golden fantasy ...


The Chronicles Of Autzen, Trayevion Maurice Satterwhite Jun 2016

The Chronicles Of Autzen, Trayevion Maurice Satterwhite

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

My statement of purpose covers the story I have been writing as well as my journey on how I got to where I am today. The beginning is an introduction to the entirety of my work. From there, it goes into my personal life, and what inspired me to write in the first place. As it is read through, the reader will get hints of harsh times in life, the elements of history, and the inspiration of the literature of video games. With all of these elements combined, it explains the purpose of my writing being closely entwined with dealing ...


Approaches To The Land, Joseph Linscott May 2016

Approaches To The Land, Joseph Linscott

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Approaches to the Land is a collection of interrelated stories centered on a small Maine mill town. These stories have several recurrent narrators who are in many phases of moving – some come while others leave, etc. These stories have an immense interest in the identification of loss and hope, and this in turn plays heavily on the identities of the characters embodying the stories. As a whole, these stories capture the only way this author knew how to document his hometown.


The Lightbringer: A Novel, Brett L. Butler May 2016

The Lightbringer: A Novel, Brett L. Butler

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The Lightbringer is about a collision of two worlds: the world of a contemporary South Florida town and the magical world of Zariel, bringing with it the universal threat of the Terra. Childhood friends, Breck and Tom, are thrown into the middle of an ancient conflict between the Terra—a collection of alien races that have been transformed by darkness—and the forces of good. After an encounter with a magical pool of golden water, the boys must learn to use their new abilities to protect against the growing Terranox army. In the midst of their struggle, however, a mysterious ...


The Body Experience, Jacqueline Sizemore May 2016

The Body Experience, Jacqueline Sizemore

Boise State University Theses and Dissertations

After a deadly disease sends a jaded college graduate to an isolation ward, a virtual technology provides all the escape she could dream of. When her life collides with an abused woman fleeing across the country, they both struggle to find each other before it is too late.


Remain, Johanna M. Hardy May 2016

Remain, Johanna M. Hardy

All NMU Master's Theses

After completing her own grief counseling group, Gennie Maxwell becomes the leader of a grief group for young adults. Six people are left to her charge in the face of the loss of a loved one. Gennie, still grappling with her own grief, leads the way through each week’s group session, and the people within the group begin to find support and growth in their time within the group. As each member finds a place amongst the others, they unfold a stories of their individual struggles with being left behind when someone they love dies. As the weeks progress ...


Soldier's Heart, Thomas Henry Pate Iv May 2016

Soldier's Heart, Thomas Henry Pate Iv

Theses and Dissertations

Soldier’s Heart is a collection of stories about Preston Henry, a Special Forces Operator, doing what he must to survive combat and what he must--a quest just as harrowing-- to find peace back home. The stories of Soldier’s Heart are interwoven in theme and plot, each story dovetailing with the next. It is a collection that shows not all war wounds can be seen.


Why Everything Is A Whole Lot Of Nothing Worth Losing Or Getting Back, David Kinzer May 2016

Why Everything Is A Whole Lot Of Nothing Worth Losing Or Getting Back, David Kinzer

Theses and Dissertations

In these three stories, David Kinzer answers the collection’s title with the precision of the hard sciences. In “The Humanist,” the strained relationship between a father and son becomes even more complicated when the son marries. In “Château Royale,” a young woman moves into a new home with a dark history. The final piece, “Starting After Midnight,” follows two young people in the aftermath of a one-night stand. All of everything is inside: Gatling guns and The Birth of Tragedy, Anne Rice and Taco Bell, kit foxes and sex tips. The answer is waiting. All you need to do ...


This Sleep Of Reason., Brit Thompson May 2016

This Sleep Of Reason., Brit Thompson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This creative thesis encompasses two features: 1) a critical component that contextualizes and supports the second component, 2) a short Southern Gothic novella. Critical analyses of Flannery O’Connor’s fiction and discourse about the genre illustrate where inspiration was drawn, and how the project’s creative component contributes to this genre. The project explores anxieties of displacement, isolation, and a stuck-in-the-past-temporality, as shown through the vessel of characters’ houses. The novella is decentralized in form and point-of-view—fragmentary excerpts of technological communications are utilized to illustrate how the protagonist’s problems are literally always on hand. The project argues ...


Master Buddha & The Jolly Golly Fun Time Gang., Todd Edward Evans May 2016

Master Buddha & The Jolly Golly Fun Time Gang., Todd Edward Evans

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is the first two chapters of a novel. The novel parodies the capitalist and consumerist United States of the 21st Century in the tradition of Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, and Donald Barthelme.


Satori 2016, Winona State University May 2016

Satori 2016, Winona State University

Satori Literary Magazine

No abstract provided.