Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chairperson

Kristine Ervin, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kim Bridgford, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Luanne Smith, M.F.A.


“If Someone Calls, I’m Not Home” follows the events of a family as told in first person narration. The piece contains several themes, including addiction, death, cycles, and redemption. We follow the narrator as she explains her childhood home, a chaotic, busy household where several characters are introduced. As time progresses, we see the choices made by several family members, and the effects they have on the narrator.

This creative nonfiction piece is intended to engage readers who have dealt with similar familial struggles: watching the progression of drug addiction, death, and even separation from the family.