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Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degree Name

Creative Writing (Nonfiction)

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Committee Chair

Judy Blunt

Commitee Members

Chris Dombrowski, Daniel Spencer


nonfiction, essays, creative, Arkansas, Montana, van


University of Montana

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EL CAMINO is a collection of essays. The author, reared in the oral storytelling tradition of the American South, was schooled early in the fine art of laughing to keep from crying. Later, in the literary works of authors ranging from Cervantes to Beckett, and in the school of hard knocks that is late-capitalist America, the author discovered both mentors and material galore to guide his stories from their oral storytelling roots onto the page. The essays in this collection explore themes of home and belonging, exile and migration, and memory and forgetting.

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