Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Kristen Iversen, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dinty Moore, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Steven Church, MFA

Fourth Advisor

Bill Lavender, MFA


Cease Fire is a war story told from one woman’s perspective. It’s about a farm girl and her battles fought as young soldier serving on a remote nuke site during the Cold War. It’s the interpretations of lived experiences, highs and lows of a military career fused with family life, and spanning over three decades. Like true war stories, Cease Fire has little to do with actual war. It is a sometimes humorous, but often tragic attempt to make peace and to make sense of the places, comrades and enemies that graced and plagued a career. First names and nicknames were used to protect the privacy of a few and render respect for the surviving children of a fallen two.


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