Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
This collection of nonfiction essays explores life and the way that we, as animals—humans, mammals, insects—engage the world that we all share together, both from a personal perspective and from a distant, 3rd person perspective. Some of these essays dabble in memoir, wherein I closely examine the intricacies of the relationships between my family members, neighbors, and friends. Other essays are driven by research and my relentless curiosity about the world around me—what goes on in the mind of the earthworm or chigger, the science of fear and the inevitability of death that surrounds us all. This collective narrative seeks to illuminate the interconnectedness of everyone by considering even the narrative of most miniscule organism.
Payne, Ania S., "The Fire in the Firefly: The Unspoken (Speaks)" (2016). All NMU Master's Theses. 87.