English Language and Literature ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-15-2022


The past is never gone in The Buried Train, a collection of three stories that engages with memory, memoir and postmodernism. “A Patchwork Person” melds fiction and nonfiction across a novella-length metaphysical detective story as an alter ego of the writer goes on a cross-country search for her missing, Pynchon-obsessed stepfather. “The Nature of Love is Lingering” uses the personal essay as an exploration of the writer’s alcoholic father and his legacy in her life. “The Buried Train,” a short fiction story, investigates childhood trauma reemerging in the relationship between the writer and her brother as they seek out a flood-ravaged New Mexico ghost town. Themes of family, the search for the self and (of course) trains unite this trio of tales.

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree


Department Name


First Committee Member (Chair)

Daniel Mueller

Second Committee Member

Justin Bendell

Third Committee Member

Scarlett Higgins

Fourth Committee Member

Gregory Martin

Fifth Committee Member

Rennie Sparks




creative writing, memoir, fiction, postmodernism, mystery

Document Type


Available for download on Thursday, May 15, 2121