High Altitude Fish

Date of Award

January 2019

Degree Type

Closed Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Theatre

First Advisor

Carter Sickels

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre


This manuscript addresses the process and product of this author’s creative writing, and the literary traditions from which it has grown. The chapters of the critical introduction are a discussion of the craft techniques of Mark Doty, Ted Kooser, Richard Hugo, Mary Oliver and Molly Peacock. Additionally, Nick Flynn, Sidney Lea, Nickole Brown are featured for their style and form and Brigit Pegeen Kelly for her surreal, otherworldly settings and tone.

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