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Writers Lynne Landis and John Mitchel will be defending their thesis work this week. The dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 3:30-4:30 pm in Thompson Hall 331 for Lynne Landis

Friday April 3, 2015 at 2:00-3:00 pm for John Mitchel

These defenses are open to the public.

Lynne Landis’ thesis, “A Family of Women,”  is a full-length novel set in a fictitious town in north Arkansas. Josie Williams, a young woman ready to escape her small-town life, falls for the town bad boy, against the warnings of her family and friends. Gil has a reputation, a well-earned reputation, but for the first time in his life he feels an overwhelming desire to be a better man, to be more than his bootlegging father’s enforcer. But, quitting that life isn’t really an option, and the perks of money, status, and power are hard to ignore. Can a man live in two worlds? Josie believes in him, and as others begin to believe in him as well it looks like he might make it. When his father dies and Gil takes over the lumber business and the bootlegging operation, everything changes and his relationship with Josie, now his wife, suffers. Events transpire, events that Josie is not prepared to deal with. But, she has always been tough and life with Gil has made her tougher. Josie will deal with the problems Gil creates, no matter the cost. She loves him, but how much suffering can one love bear?

John MItchel’s thesis, “Hailing a Cab During a Riot” is a follow up to his debut collection “Death Tells Me Jokes.” The book furthers the plight of the narrator who cannot die as he copes with the death of a friend, the loss of his love, and his general malaise and distrust of humanity. Sections ranger from lyric verses, musical integration, and experimental formalism. The book focuses on escapism and the futility of it as though he is truly trying to get a lift with a taxi during an ongoing riot.

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