As the final component of my undergraduate degree, I am spending the next year writing my honours thesis. Unlike many theses, which cover victorian or modernist literature, my thesis is also part of my creative writing concentration.
Over the next year, I will be memorializing my uncle, the climber Jeff Lakes’ short life in a book of creative non-fiction. I will be combining prose, poetry, and photography, borrowing from his own accounts as well as those of others.
I have a lot or archival material to work with, but I am always on the hunt for more. If you read this and you knew my uncle in any capacity or have any documents or information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to speak with you or obtain any information you might have.
So far, this project has been compelling. I am thrilled to get started this summer.