Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Milton O'Neal Walsh

Second Advisor

Joanna Leake

Third Advisor

Barbara Johnson


We Built This Kingdom is a collection of short stories which strive to examine the nuances of queer love, lust, connection, aggression, affection, masculinity, and heartache.

My intent is for these pieces to stand alone as short stories, but when read sequentially, the reader should be able to parse a connection between the texts and follow a tether from one to the other.

This collection of short fiction represents a cumulative body of work in partial completion of a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.


The University of New Orleans and its agents retain the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible this dissertation or thesis in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. The author retains all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis or dissertation.

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