Document Type



Master of Fine Arts


Creative Writing

Date of Defense


Graduate Advisor

John Dalton


Shane Seely

Tola Abraham

John Dalton


“Rabbit Head” is a collection of linked short stories set within the confines of a parochial K-12 school. The stories deal with themes of human quirkiness and eccentricity, and how academic institutions shape people and their relationships. In the opening story “Rabbit Head,” a school administrator harasses teachers with emails and eventually, in her relentless pursuit of safety, falls apart and is institutionalized. In “Leonard” a music teacher grapples with annoying administrators and budget constraints. “Judy,” involves an unconventional teacher facing off with the administrator from “Rabbit Head,” after experiencing perceived bullying. “Shelter in Place and Pray!” examines how different characters experience a pandemic year. “Jane” is about a teacher who fills in for an absent administrator, thereby helping her to empathize with the absurdity of educational leadership. “DGAF” follows students and teachers as they better try to understand one another through the experience of a senior class retreat.

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