English Language and Literature ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-11-2017


Big Burr, Kansas, is the most homophobic town in the USA. As Under the Rainbow opens, a task force arrives to try to change that. A clash of cultures follows, forcing the characters to see themselves and their world in new ways.

Each chapter is written from a different character’s point of view—some from the town, some from the task force. As the book progresses, characters reappear and intersect in ways that illuminate more about them. For example, one story is about a task force member whose cat is kidnapped by their neighbor. A later story explores a deep friendship between the aforementioned task force member and an elderly Big Burr woman living in a nursing home. Under the Rainbow runs the gamut from gravity to levity, from desperation to hope, showing the universality of each person’s experience.

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree


Department Name


First Committee Member (Chair)

Daniel Mueller

Second Committee Member

Sharon Oard Warner

Third Committee Member

Marisa Clark

Fourth Committee Member

Emily Rapp Black

Fifth Committee Member

Lori Ostlund




Literary fiction, LGBTQ, Kansas

Document Type


Available for download on Sunday, May 03, 2116