Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Call Number

PS3603.H3796 U5 2014

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Sarah Braunstein

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Hand

Third Advisor

Justin Tussing


Every story in this collection is an escape attempt. Some have better tools and plans than others, but they're all working towards a shared goal. When I sit down to write, I often picture the small crevices in my brain the ideas squeeze through before dropping down into the sewer of my imagination. If they manage to break free, then I clean them off, picking away bits of filth, until they're able to stand and grow on their own.

The characters filling my thesis are composite sketches of people I’ve known, animals I’ve met, and a sampling of my insecurities and deepest, darkest fears. It’s important that these characters exist because their presence on the page means one less worry in my head. The bleach drinking teenagers, rapidly expanding men, amateur executioners, and Borscht Belt comedians who fill these pages are me, and I am them.