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

Adele Newson

Third Advisor's Name

Campbell McGrath

Date of Defense



Jack's Bight: Solace of an Open Place is a non-fiction book; partly a story of place, as well as the spirit of the people I lived with for seven years aboard a houseboat in a floating community called the Anchorage, off Miami. It starts with how I came to the Anchorage and my first months aboard with my girlfriend. Character portraits follow, with a shrimping trip and a historical account of Jack's Bight. This is followed by the first of several chapters on our political struggle with Miami city government. Subsequent chapters describe living aboard in nature, the life of a liveaboard priest, cruising across the Atlantic, burning a boat, a community Chautauqua, an adventure on the Miami River, an encounter with a manatee and a dolphin, and our construction of a channel. The book ends with the first hurricane to hit Miami in decades.



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