Year of Award
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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Creative Writing (Nonfiction)
Department or School/College
Christopher Dombrowski, Mark Sundeen
lookout, Forest Service, wildfire, memoir
University of Montana
Literature in English, North America
When Austin Hagwood first visited a rundown fire lookout on a mountain peak, he had no idea he would one day join the ranks of the few fire-watchers left in North America. A fateful phone call led him to southwest Montana, where he spent five summers living alone in a lookout 8,000 feet above sea level. This thesis is the story of those five seasons, months that led to love, knowledge of a place, and what we seek from wilderness itself.
Hagwood, Austin Gregory, "Fire Finder: Life as a Lookout in the Northern Rockies" (2023). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 12155.
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