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Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Stone Fruit, Sophie Tinkham Nelson

Breathe Here, Helen J. O'Leary

The Marchenwelt Manuscripts, Kelsey Olesen

Aperture, Orlan Roe Owen

The Center of the Universe, Surita Parmar

The Wildflowers of the Salted Earth, Shannon Marlene Ratliff


Angel Feet and Other Stories, Alexander Sherman


When Lonesome Rains Come Close Inside, Mary Katherine Spain


Deon: Fresh Air Son, Rose Marie Staton

The Transformation of “D”, Bill Stauffer

Historical Fiction Writings: First Marriage, A Soldier’s Boots, and Eve’s Eyes, Darlene Taylor

Fall, Frank Tota

The Pattern of the Scatter, Melanie Viets

The Whole Shitaree, Carter G. Walker


Katahdin, Henry & Me: A Father and Son Backpacking Adventure in Baxter State Park, Greg Westrich

Theses/Dissertations from 2015


Eyre, Andrea Lesley Adams

Explorations in Essays and Flash Fiction and Adaptations for Film and Stage, Elizabeth Tova Bailey

The Room of Everything, Amy Elizabeth Burroughs

In a Place Like This, Chase Cline


Refuge Bay: a Novel, Sandra J. D'Ascensao

Sleeping Through the Earthquake, Lauren M. Davis


The Miraculous Flight of Owen Leach, Jennifer Dupree

An Orderly Riot, Heather Kristin Hummel Ecke

Flight Patterns of the Antiheroine: From the Writing Sangha to First Memoir, Chelsey Everest


De Gustibus non Disputandum Est, William Henry Ferguson Jr.