Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Call Number

PS3603.A797 T66 2018

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Aaron Hamburger

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Searle

Third Advisor

Justin Tussing


Too Cool is a collection of short stories and essays concerning a young woman’s experiences with relationships, and how they help shape the world around her. The body, foregrounded as metaphor, is threaded throughout each story and essay in the collection in the hopes that all readers will relate to the sometimes un-relatable. Both in fiction and non-fiction, these pieces explore heartbreak, friendship and the human need for connection. The stories and essays are written in a minimalist style to emphasize that what is written is just as important as the information that has been left out, and their themes focus on self-exploration and identity.