The Gallatin Master’s Thesis Showcase is an annual event featuring presentations and performances from students completing artistic theses. This year’s showcase will include several readings from works of fiction as well as a staged reading of an excerpt from a play. Please see the bios below for more information about the authors who will share their work at this event.
Joanna C. Strange
Joanna Strange is a Gallatin M.A. student with a focus on directing, specifically the work of Marius Von Mayenburg. She comes to Gallatin after working professionally for almost a decade, but needing a venue to fully explore the work of Mayenburg and his contemporaries. This particular piece is part of a director’s concept of Fireface, Mayenburg’s first play. After graduating, she plans to use this concept, as well as other graduate work including a prospectus for a devised theatre piece, to begin a German Arts Festival.
“My early academic objective at Gallatin was to begin an interdisciplinary examination of the evolutionary function of same-sex mating behavior and the social implications of such an examination,” says M.A. Candidate Ali Jahromi, who came to Gallatin with undergraduate degrees in Biology, Psychology, and Art from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. For his graduate thesis he synthesized his research in the sciences and translated it into an artistic work, PC-6. Jahromi describes PC-6 as the world’s first episodic literary science fiction novella about sex, government, and overpopulation.
More information about PC-6 can be found at www.facebook.com/PC6novella.
“Crayon” (selection from experimental novel Sick Girl)
Jacqueline J. Morr is a sick girl who is the healthiest and happiest she’s ever been. She voluntarily admitted herself to an eating disorder clinic in February 2010 (March 6th, 2013 marked 3 years of being behavior-free, though she remains inalterably changed). She hopes to be a teacher, counselor, researcher, and an author. “My conceptual/creative-nonfiction novel Sick Girl is about eating-disordered subjectivity and feminine embodiment. My thesis-work addresses the phenomenological experience of femininity as disorder. I write in terms of an alimentary logic; I live under the sign ofillness as pathology, of infected embodiment for the post-capitalist consumer-self. This writing is all vomit. I employ an emetic ethics in order to explode the discourses about ‘eating-disordered women.’ I testify in absurdity to the grotesqueness and trauma of this subject position.”
Lily Oliver and the Old Souls
Annie Nichol grew up in Northern California and obtained her B.A. in Ecological Anthropology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. As an ecological anthropologist, Annie spent two years working in retail and trying very hard not to be a writer. Her resolve faltered, however, when the idea for Lily Oliver crept up on her, nagging, cajoling, begging to be written. Annie enrolled in Gallatin in the fall of 2011 to study literary culture in the digital age, where she began to write Lily's story in earnest. Lily Oliver and the Old Souls is the tale of a seventeen-year-old girl who is swept out to sea. In her struggle against the crashing swells, she finds her mind flooded with vivid images. They are memories, but in the moment before she is rescued Lily realizes that the memories are not her own. Aided by a mysterious group of strangers, Lily embarks on an epic journey in pursuit of the lost history that found her in the water.