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My Mother On Dream Interpretation And The Lack Of Finality In Death, Jaime Elizabeth Johnston Dec 2018

My Mother On Dream Interpretation And The Lack Of Finality In Death, Jaime Elizabeth Johnston

Comparative Woman

This is an interview with my mother, a dream interpreter. In this interview we explore her process of interpreting dreams and her contact with the spirit world.


A Sign, Rachel M. Crowe Oct 2018

A Sign, Rachel M. Crowe

Student Publications

"A Sign" is a narrative about the experience of grief and how relationships are strengthened by shared experience. It tells the story of two different women who come together and inhabit a space of mutual understanding in the wake of their mother's death.


Kodak Moments, Lauren J. Browning Oct 2018

Kodak Moments, Lauren J. Browning

Student Publications

Poem reminiscing about a childhood interaction with her father. Despite being past her bedtime, she waits until her father gets home to hear about his day. The speaker likens the memory to a photograph captured in time.


Things We Have In Common: Essays And Experiments, Willow Grosz Aug 2018

Things We Have In Common: Essays And Experiments, Willow Grosz

All NMU Master's Theses

Things We Have in Common is a collection of short stories, flash pieces, and image-text experiments that attempts, in the wake of the death of my mother, to excavate the relationship between memory and narrative, identity and belonging against a backdrop of the main forces that have influenced my familial group, namely generational poverty, a changing relationship with our Athabascan and Caucasian heritages, and the complicated ecology, geography, and culture of Alaska. Like many forays into memory, this project represents a joyous failure. Please read this collection as a love letter to Alaska.


When You Meet My Parents, Adella-Marie G. Cloutier May 2018

When You Meet My Parents, Adella-Marie G. Cloutier

CLAMANTIS: The MALS Journal

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The Minotaur, Kevin B. Anderson May 2018

The Minotaur, Kevin B. Anderson

CLAMANTIS: The MALS Journal

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Stepfamily, Rebecca Chappelear May 2018

Stepfamily, Rebecca Chappelear

MFA in Photography and Integrated Media Theses

A discussion of the photographic imagery used in artist's work and a first-hand account of the experience which lead to it's creation. The work and writing encapsulate the trauma caused by family dysfunction brought on by a stepfather's struggle with depression and alcoholism.


We Are Fragments: A Memoir Of Reconciliation With Self And World, Elisabeth Ivey May 2018

We Are Fragments: A Memoir Of Reconciliation With Self And World, Elisabeth Ivey

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

I think that some part of me is broken. While others search for the light, I find truth wrapped up in layers of darkness, warm like a mother’s womb or the crook of a father’s arms into which I run. Some would say beauty emerges from the symmetrical union of two halves, but I find it in the splintered cacophony of difference that doesn’t seem to fit together. And I think that my desire to find beauty in the broken belies my need to find it within myself, for I am a piece of art rendered in ...


Gongshi Meditation On The American Prairie, Brandon A. Henry May 2018

Gongshi Meditation On The American Prairie, Brandon A. Henry

MSU Graduate Theses

The following collection deals largely with autobiographical work. Created primarily between 2007-2018, the following poems reflect the life experiences and reflections of a poet throughout his thirties. Largely tied to regionalism of the Ozarks, many poems in this collection highlight specific locales throughout southwest Missouri and/or northern Arkansas, and explore, thematically, feelings of loneliness, isolation, the struggle of faith, and the impact of displacement, both physical and metaphysical. Further, many of the poems feature a through-line, thematically, involving the bonds of family and the impact of death on relationships and the human psyche. Lastly, an appreciation for, and connection ...


Tangled, Shannon Marie Ashley May 2018

Tangled, Shannon Marie Ashley

MSU Graduate Theses

This thesis is a collection of poems. Much of my poetry is influenced by ideas of identity, particularly religious and sexual identity, and the ways identity affects relationships. As someone raised in a Catholic church from birth, religion has had a major impact on my life and perspective. I am no longer practicing but still consistently find myself considering the morals of the Church in my actions in a positive way. Catholicism will also always affect my relationship with my mother, who is still practicing. Much of my current poetry concerns my relationship with my mother, especially regarding religion and ...


Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon, Jerri Dale Bourrous May 2018

Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon, Jerri Dale Bourrous

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Set mainly in Los Angeles in 2008, Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon is a novella that explores familial relations and what truly constitutes a family. Joni and Grace face the sudden, violent death of their estranged mother, Beverly, and decide to search for their father’s family. As Joni struggles with commitment and Grace is conflicted about impending motherhood, one relative leads to another and they travel across the country to discover Beverly’s secrets, as well as the truth about their father.


Maybe She Found Me In A Poem, Robin Gow Apr 2018

Maybe She Found Me In A Poem, Robin Gow

English Honors Papers

Maybe She Found Me in a Poem explores my own family relationship and family stories through a variety of poetic forms, persona poetry, and prose pieces centered on an imagined relationship with my grandmother who died before I was born. The collection asks, “How much are our family stories our own?” and “Can we create memory?” Themes of haunting, ghosts, queerness, shared memory, death, and burial are carried throughout the collection and brought forward in their respective sections. Images are placed throughout as part of the collection to amplify the “haunting” power of the text.


The Album, Claire Williamson Apr 2018

The Album, Claire Williamson

The Crambo

How are we shaped by the objects in our lives? In this personal reflection and material culture examination, I reflect on the significance of a gift from my father, and where my affinity for this object fits into my family history and the larger social context of technology and memory.


Learn To Speak Japanese In Three Excruciating Steps, Jason A. Bock Apr 2018

Learn To Speak Japanese In Three Excruciating Steps, Jason A. Bock

Creative Writing Programs

Gary, a middle-aged Midwesterner, lost his first wife and the mother of his only son to a terminal illness ten years ago. His son, Brent, has been living in Japan for five years and barely speaks to his father. After Brent receives a life-threatening diagnosis of his own, Gary travels half-way across the globe to be with his son and attempt to repair their tattered relationship.


Why The Sky Stays Up, Brigid G. Fister Jan 2018

Why The Sky Stays Up, Brigid G. Fister

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College


Doylestown, Emma Florence Popkin Jan 2018

Doylestown, Emma Florence Popkin

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College.


The View From The House By The Ocean, Chloe Maxine Scala Jan 2018

The View From The House By The Ocean, Chloe Maxine Scala

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College.


Officer Down, Raymond Pettway Jan 2018

Officer Down, Raymond Pettway

Mighty Pen Project Anthology & Archive

This piece was written by a student of the Mighty Pen Project. The Mighty Pen Project is an organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that offers a classroom experience for veterans to learn how to write creatively and, if they so choose, share their own stories.


Breakfast Of Champions, Norman Miller Jan 2018

Breakfast Of Champions, Norman Miller

Mighty Pen Project Anthology & Archive

This piece was written by a student of the Mighty Pen Project. The Mighty Pen Project is an organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that offers a classroom experience for veterans to learn how to write creatively and, if they so choose, share their own stories.