Dig Here

Date of Award

Winter 2020

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

First Advisor

Tom Payne

Second Advisor

Ann J Williams

Third Advisor

Clark Knowles


I learned in my first year of the program that I can’t help but write about sensitive people. Often while I’m writing I cry about the things that my characters are going through, even as I’m the one responsible for their terrible pain. It is clear (and outlined as the theme in the first story) that every one of the stories in “Dig Here” is about a highly sensitive person navigating a trauma or series of traumas. What separates the stories is how the world responds to or acknowledges that pain, or doesn’t. The character’s prognosis hinges on that reaction.

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