Date of Graduation


Document Type

MFA Creative Writing Thesis

Degree Type



Eberly College of Arts and Sciences



Committee Chair

Emily Mitchell


A dying chef and cookbook author questions the value of her life and legacy. An aspiring musician struggles to let go of his ex-girlfriend. An art student worries that her work lacks meaning and impact. And all of them ask themselves: what does it mean to be an artist? In the seven stories collected here, characters grapple with this question, along with questions of letting go---of alcohol, of illusions, of loved ones, of life itself. A young girl without illusions has her world view confirmed, while another young woman finds her way out of the trap she has made for herself. Parents age and die, lovers leave, a band (probably) breaks up. The only thing never in doubt in these pages is the longing that these men and women feel to engage with one another, with the creativity that drives them and with the world that inspires them, challenges them, and sometimes breaks their hearts.

Embargo Reason

Permanent Embargo – MFA Creative Writing

Available for download on Monday, January 01, 2046