ItemA COLLECTION OF PERSONAL ESSAYS(2023) Ongwen, MaryOriginally from Uganda, Ongwen writes about her experience relocating to America and the disorientation when she returns home to her country of birth and finds she does not fit—she has changed. In this essay collection, Ongwen also explores gender dysphoria with her preteen daughter. She chronicles a mother’s grief after a miscarriage and the challenge with fibroids. These personal essays shed light on her life as a woman, a mother and a Ugandan raising a family in America. ItemAMERICAN HANDBOOK: TWO NOVEL EXCERPTS AND A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES(2023-05) Krause, Zac“American Handbook” consists of two chapters from a novel in progress and four short stories employing various approaches to character and form. Zac Krause’s collection of work explores rabid chases for notoriety and the consequences of achieving fame. ItemLEGACY: A COLLECTION OF STORIES(2023-05-11) Fenney, AliciaEver curious, educator Alicia Fenney moved across continents to answer one of life’s burning questions: “What if?” Her collection of short stories and a personal essay explores the answer to this nebulous question through the lens of outsiders: a former pilot whose loss of her dream drives her to challenge maternal expectations in “Grounded”; a career teacher whose figurative myopia disrupts her empire in “D is for Devotional”; and as the ultimate outsider, reflecting on years of coming and going to and from home to find and make a new home in the liminal space between here and there, the author herself in her essay “Your Dream Life Abroad: from Conception to Reality.” This collection challenges us to question our status quo, defining the grey space with technicolor precision. ItemTRAVELS ALONG THE FRINGE: A COLLECTION OF MEMOIR CHAPTERS AND A SHORT STORY(2022-12) Pearson, ChrisThis memoir collection plus a short story is an expression of my youthful yearning for the methods that will realize personal freedom and transform the human spirit. From holy men inhabiting the cremation grounds of India to drunks on the Greyhound bus barreling their way across the US, I examine the lengths people—including myself—will go to find those methods. I bring an insider's eye to these fringe subcultures—the motivations that drive them and the compulsions that threaten to consume their followers, including myself. ItemINTROSPECTION AND HORROR: SOUL-SEARCHING IN THE UNKNOWN: A COLLECTION OF STORIES AND TWO NOVEL CHAPTERS(2022-12) Pavic, HaleyConnected through their fight for survival, Reid, Suzanna, and Elena struggle to escape with their lives across three unique narratives. Taking place in diverse settings such as the middle of the Panamanian jungle, a mysterious compound in the middle of the woods, and the midst of the rural Nebraska, these stories present the struggle of overcoming your greatest fears and your past. This collection of narratives looks into how people survive when separated from their family and friends and the world as they knew it. Fighting against supernatural entities, militant corporations, and themselves, they must learn what they're capable of – for better or worse – and break out of their shells if they want to make it through the long night. Item0-31: A Winner’s Story and Some Other Things I Wrote for My Thesis A Short Story Collection(2022-12) Shank, Sean D.Until a few years ago I didn’t think had the ability or desire to draft a story less than 70,000 words in length. The linear novel was my playground and I stayed there until my education at The Johns Hopkins forced my hand into writing short stories. Now, I find myself fighting the urge to force brevity for the love of the short story or to draw the tale out with plenty of exposition. The following is a collection of short stories that range from the brief to the near novella length and are a showcase of how much my education has transformed my writing.