Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing



First Committee Member

Douglas Unber

Second Committee Member

Vincent Perez

Third Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Fourth Committee Member

Richard Wiley

Fifth Committee Member

David Beisecker

Number of Pages



The following stories represent what I have accomplished in my three-and-a-half years in the Master of Fine Arts-Fiction program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They are all realist stories, most of them with a minimalist leaning. Together for the first time, they are more than a mere sum of the writing I've done in my time in the MFA program. They are the stories that, when I read them now, still occasionally delight me. Most of the stories that I wrote as an MFA candidate do not pass this test, and thus are not included here. If there is one thing I hope to have learned from my time at UNLV, it's how to tell when something is working and how to be brave enough to leave the rest behind. I hope that the following stories work, and that they delight my committee as they still occasionally delight me. I am deeply indebted to the creative writing professors at UNLV, and all of my fellow MFA candidates who helped me workshop these stories.


American literature; Fiction; Short stories


Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Fiction



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