Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Major

Creative Writing and Environment

First Advisor

Debra Marquart

Abstract

Trim line: Essays and stories is a collection of nonfiction and fiction about and inspired by thru hikes of three trails—the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail—known mutually as the Triple Crown, as well as the Centennial Trail and Haute Route. This collection explores the soft, porous, and often fallacious border between humans and nature in ecosystems as disparate as Waterton Lakes National Park, Germany, Antarctica, Upstate New York, Northeast Ohio, and Detroit. A mix of literary journalism, braided and experimental essays, short stories, and a speculative novel excerpt, Trim Line delves into subjects such as family lineage, religion, ecology, polar exploration, the transcontinental railroad, and chess. Despite their differences, the writings in this collection all examine what it means to be alive in this world and interact with its many varied environments.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20200624-142

Copyright Owner

Brendan Curtinrich

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

189 pages

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