Publication Date

Summer 2019

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

David Bell (Director), Tom Hunley, and Jessica Folk

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts


The following is a collection of five short stories set in regions familiar to me: “Dewberry Park,” “YouLead,” and “The Color Violet” in Indiana; “Mens Rea” in Kentucky; and “Tory Ride” in Cambodia. Gay identity plays a role in many of these stories, and other themes explored include family, region, socioeconomics, gender, mentality, and change. These stories are concerned with people on the brink, failing and surviving all the same. Some of them are intended to weigh, and some to satirize. I hope they all nick their readers.


Fiction | Fine Arts | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Literature in English, North America | Modern Literature