Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

John Dufresne

Third Advisor's Name

Bruce Harvey

Date of Defense



ITCH is a collection of short fiction that explores the ways people give and receive love. The love explored is not limited merely to romance; the deep bond of friendship, the strained relationships between family members, and the quest for mending broken connections are also explored. The stories' protagonists are male, range in age from seven to mid-forties, and hail from different backgrounds: there is a fireman, a biologist/medical student, an adjunct English professor, a computer programmer, a drug addict, an attorney, a prepubescent thief.

Simple and straightforward, the plots predominantly linear, these stories present situations where ordinary people attempt to act extraordinarily in order to connect with others, define themselves through their actions, and be worthy of giving and receiving love. While there are no overtly happy endings, an implied optimism pervades each story.



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