Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Ted Deppe

Second Advisor

Justin Tussing, Interim Director

Third Advisor

Manuel Avalos,PhD., Dean


Stonecoast MFA, short stories, ordinary people in challenging times, hurt, loss, resilience


Rambling through the Heart of it All is a collection of short stories crafted with special focus on the experience of living where Midwestern agriculture and industry seep in to the low hills of Appalachia. Each story is set in rural Ohio and offers a glimpse of characters seeking to understand their individual identities while interacting in small- town communities. Poverty, Christian faith, heritage, isolation, loss, determination, nature, family tradition, and relationships tangle through the life of each character. While male characters are vital in each story ,my own existence in a traditional , male-oriented, rural community has compelled me to consider the way women live both independently and dependently in this culture where roles remain defined and often static.

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