Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degree Name

Creative Writing (Fiction)

Department or School/College


Committee Chair

Debra Magpie Earling

Commitee Members

Deirdre McNamer, Hiltrud Arens


Fiction, Novel, Denver, Folk music


University of Montana

Subject Categories



The first four chapters of a novel titled Hatchet Jack and the Rocky Mountain Empire. The book follows a young woman named Vanessa Stewart as she struggles to find direction in her life in the face of a crumbling marriage. Chapter One introduces Vanessa and her musician husband, Riley, as they decide to take in a roommate, Toby in order to offset financial difficulties. Chapter Two shows Vanessa struggling to adjust to having a roommate and interacting with her overbearing mother. In Chapter Three, Vanessa struggles at her unsatisfactory job and, during a party, she introduces Toby to the music of an enigmatic figure named Hatchet Jack, to whom she is drawn. Chapter Four shows Vanessa and Toby bonding over a mutual interest in Hatchet Jack and a trip to the Rocky Mountains.

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