Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Dan Wakefield

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Les Standiford

Third Advisor's Name

Meri-Jane Rochelson

Date of Defense



Mating Call is a memoir set in the Pacific Northwest during the 1990s, in what Spin Magazine calls "Seattle's Golden Age." The story begins with my arrival in the West and a self-inflicted broken heart, a relationship I had severed due to "missing pieces." The quest is to find these pieces, and throughout the search the memoir analyzes love and relationships for Generation X. The quest takes seven years, during which the narrative explores Seattle's breweries and bedrooms, and the Northwest's rainforests and volcanoes, all the while investigating interpersonal chemistry, sex, and friendship. For all the searching, the missing pieces are actually discovered by accident, when happenstance deals my heart a second blow; the quest is over, and I return East.





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