Year of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degree Name

Creative Writing (Fiction)

Department or School/College

Department of English

Committee Chair

David Gates

Commitee Members

Eric Reimer, Benedicte Boisseron


Excerpt, Fiction, Novel, Platypi, Platypodes, Platypus, Short Story


University of Montana


The following contains two novel excerpts and two short stories completed during the years of 2011 to 2013. Rain in Paluma consists of a fictitious community based upon island life in Australia. Stroke deals with the relationship of father and son, both facing the consequences of Alzheimer’s disease. The Desert Keeper centers upon a young girl who stumbles across a mythological figure in the guise of a hobbled woman. The Reedlands touches on the randomness and oddity of anonymous sexual encounters, while bringing together elements of Egyptian funerary ceremony.

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