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  • Feel Better Soon: Collected Short Stories 

    Olsen, Caleb (2021)
    The stories in this collection were written from 2018-2021. They are fictional works designed to explore what happens when the mundane meets the extraordinary. Though the characters and their situations are works of the ...
  • Ichor 

    Shi, Xiao Zhi (2021)
    This project includes the pilot episode and series bible for a one-hour teleplay titled Ichor, a sci-fi epic.
  • On Both Sides - A Novel 

    Arnone, Chris Michael (2020)
    On August 11 and 12, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia was the site of a rally for Unite the Right, an Alt-Right (neo-Nazi) group. This group sought to further white nationalist ideals and to protest the proposed removal of ...
  • Navigation errors 

    Kotur, Kevin (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    Navigation Errors is a collection of personal essays that explore the ideas of religious fundamentalism, humanity’s place in—and relation to—nature, physical and mental challenge, paradigm shifts, and the mistakes that ...
  • Bureaucracy and other stories 

    Paur, Stephen (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    The following project is the product of three years of intensive research and trial and error. You’ll notice it’s divided into two sections: fiction and nonfiction. However, one of the research questions central to this ...
  • The Effectiveness of Reading Folk Literature in Improving English Language Learners’ Reading Proficiency in Elementary Grades 

    Erdogan, Nabat (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This mixed-methods study investigates the effectiveness of reading folktales, fairy tales, and fables in improving English learners’ reading proficiency levels in elementary grades and explores students’ experiences with ...
  • No Gods, Only Suffering 

    Seim, Chloe (2020)
    This short story collection follows one dysfunctional family’s dissolution across central and eastern Kansas. Set against the simultaneously blooming and sickened landscape of rural and college-town Kansas, the Wells family ...
  • Tiger's Eye & Twine, with Sails in Flame: A Triptych 

    Schultz, Dennison Ty (2020)
    This thesis is a triptych of poetic sequences on queer reckoning—queer as an identity, a community, and a strategy of engaging with the world. Progressing further into interiority as the triptych progresses, the poems first ...
  • Threshold in Blue 

    Beck, Kelsey N. (2020)
    The poems in this manuscript explore the idea of shame as it is imprinted in childhood and as it manifests in adult relationships. In particular, many of these poems address shame as it presents in mental illness, and as ...
  • Pro-Black Prosody 

    North , Glenn A. (2020)
    This thesis speaks to the triumphs and tragedies of the Black experience. It attempts to look at Blackness through the lens of my combined experiences as a spoken word artist, a student in the University of Missouri-Kansas ...
  • The Strangelove Ocean 

    Hook, Tori (2020)
    This collection of poems works through a personal narrative of trauma, weaving its way in and out of discussions about religious identity in the South as well as sexuality, and explores how trauma often infiltrates all ...
  • Swallowing frogs 

    Saxon, Erin (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    This collection is comprised of short fiction, poems, two essays, and one short script. The work contained revolves around themes of mental illness, disillusionment, gender dynamics, and the difficulty of knowing others. ...
  • To turn on every light 

    Weishar, Lindsey (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This collection of poems focuses on the interior and exterior landscapes of a speaker in relationship with objects, with others, and with God. The poems seek to explore these relationships through a symbolic lens, so ...
  • Poisons of war 

    Veroczi, Sabrina (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2017)
    My father, a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, took his life in November 1976, when I was only a year old. The nature of his death kept the details of his life, his illness, and his ...
  • Cake for Fighting 

    Klein, Stephanie Marie (2019)
    Although individual freedom is so integral to western ideology, the idea that culture can supersede an individual’s basic human rights is surprisingly common in the United States. This is due to another western value: ...
  • Ouroboros 

    Ramirez, Logan (2019)
    I find it boring to write about myself. I think this begins with the fact that I do not consider myself to be an inherently interesting person. This isn’t a bad thing. There is no right way. For those of us non-interesting ...
  • The Cherry Orchard 

    McBride, Max Logan (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    Similar to the namesake of this manuscript, Anton Chekhov’s play The Cherry Orchard, the poems that make up this collection explore loss—loss of home, loss of time, loss of loved ones, loss of self. Some of the poems ...
  • On Earth, As It Is 

    Thompson, Jermaine (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This manuscript of poems addresses the collisions of the body—what is often meant when we say intersectionality. These poems take on the politics of race, religion, gender, and history and employ the filters of persona, ...
  • Wishful Thinking 

    Kaleugher, Jon Fitzgerald (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    The novel interrogated what it means to live in a midwestern college town while not being in college. What it means to have stayed in one place long enough that everyone who left has decided to come back. What it means ...
  • Mother’s Little Helper: A Memoir in Vignettes 

    Cooksey, Rhonda Lynn (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    Mental illness debilitates the afflicted and impacts friends and family members. The collage of scenes in this memoir reveal the ways family members developed survival strategies and coping mechanisms to manic depression. ...

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