Graduation Date


Document Type

Master's Thesis


Emphasis in Creative Writing or Applied Music

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Program Name


Program Director

Judy Halebsky, PhD

First Reader

Thomas Burke, MA

Second Reader

Joan Baranow, PhD


This collection presents a variety of literary styles including pure fiction, auto fiction, historical fiction, biographical fiction, and creative non-fiction. Racism, abortion, political and societal events are addressed by way of the Viet Nam era Anti-war Movement, Feminism, Art, immigration, mid-century inter-racial attitudes, and individual responses to sexist behavior, fire, war, and death. Also serving as vehicles are adult behavior through a child’s eyes, and in some cases, humor. The stories are set in the 1950s and1960s in Cleveland and Chicago; also in pre-Soviet Belarus, 1920s Paris, Renaissance and 1970s Venice, and 2016 United States. Characters fictionalized in the stories include Sonia Terk Delaunay, Robert Delaunay, Josephine Baker, Veronica Franco, Joseph Michael Stern, myself and some members of my family. All the stories were written between 2015 and 2020; each represents a reflection on an occurrence, real or imagined, during the past seventy years of my life. These stories are the work of an aging writer who imagines facts to fill in gaps of unknown or forgotten reality to create fiction.

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