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Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Clint McCown

Second Advisor

Susann Cokal

Third Advisor

Cristina Stanciu


Of Two Minds is a work of fiction that includes short stories and a novel excerpt. The Fire We Wait By is set in 1986 in the fictional town of Boone Springs, Kentucky. The novel chronicles how a family navigates the aftermath of grief caused by their middle daughter’s disappearance. It includes elements of magical realism with chapters narrated by a ghost trapped in an abandoned coalmine. The novel strives to depict a complicated South--a region filled with legacies that it must grapple with but also a community rich in spirit that contains more outsiders than insiders, including immigrants, gay men, and mixed race couples. My short stories also combine literary fiction with the psychological and supernatural and often have an undercurrent of dark humor. My stories deal with female protagonists pulled in multiple directions as they struggle with what it means to be a woman and a mother.


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