Date of Award
Arts and Culture
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
Buried Truth; creative writing; narrative nonfiction; nonfiction; nonfiction novel
Important events often go untold or are a blur of headlines and thirty-second sound bites. Narrative nonfiction crime writing, however, explores societal flaws in depth and can lead to greater awareness of a litany of public issues. The genre sparks the senses, evokes emotion, and exposes the human condition. Nearly thirty years ago, the remains of four people were discovered in Colorado who had been murdered violently. One was a hard-working truck driver. The other three were transient men, each trying to eke out a meager existence. Their collective story is about how they suffered and lost, and it involves determined detectives, a ruthless killer and his family, and a judicial and interagency law-enforcement system that succeeded and also failed.
Overcamp, Lee, "Buried Truth" (2009). Arts and Culture. 21.