Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degree Name

Creative Writing (Nonfiction)

Department or School/College

Department of English

Committee Chair

Judy Blunt

Commitee Members

David Gates, Nadia White


Creative Writing, Nonfiction, North Dakota, Shelterbelts, Essays, Motorcycles


University of Montana

Subject Categories



A collection of reportage, lyric, and personal essays, Shelterbelts is a coloring of the past, a remembrance of a North Dakotan upbringing and the unveiling of secrets, regrets, and hopes. It is a questioning of presence in place, in history, in genealogy, and an experimentation of the self in moments of familiarity and foreignness. Shelterbelts tracks the changing of societal values and economics with the development of advanced oil-extraction fracking technologies, and a coming into adulthood, questioning the nostalgic remembrance of the past while confronting the reality of the present and possible future. Shelterbelts examines what we plant to protect ourselves, what we destroy to appease ourselves, and what is left when the price is settled.

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