Title

To the Creek

Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1083-3538

Year of Publication

2019

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

English

First Advisor

Erik Reece

Abstract

“To the Creek” is a creative nonfiction work in which place and identity play integral roles. Following a series of family revelations, the narrator embarks on a rebuilding project both of herself and a 100-year-old corncrib, the only standing structure on a Kentucky farm she and her husband inherited a few years before. However, farm life isn’t a natural fit for a first generation Cuban American, so this work touches on identity as well.

The corncrib’s new function as a retreat and writing space leads the writer to explore similar efforts by other writers to convert existing sheds into creative spaces, with particular emphasis on Virginia Woolf and Thomas Merton.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/etd.2019.108

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