Date of Award


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Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Anne Gisleson

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Brina

Third Advisor

Justin Maxwell


Golden Fields Tonight is a collection of five essays concerning archaeological surveys, New Orleans musicians, and diminutive great-aunts. Also: existential malaise, the search for belonging, Mi’kmaqs, moon ladders, face-spiders, gator contraptions, everyday ritual and the importance of collective storytelling. The pieces differ in tone and subject matter, but they share central themes of family and chosen family, culture and community, and the creation of small-scale mythologies. They take place around tables, along bayous, behind motels; on airboats and overpasses; in bars and in yards and in between planes.


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