Bridger Royce ('22) is an English Major with a longstanding appreciation for and fascination with rural spaces, especially Upstate New York. During the Summer of COVID-19, he enjoyed a hermitage at his grandparents' horse farm in Degrasse, where he wrote under the mentorship of Professor Paul Graham. Royce's stories explore life in Northern New York, often through extremity and the moments when good luck runs out. Since concluding the fellowship, he has continued working within this vein, and hopes to build these stories into a collection.
This project explores life in Northern New York, often through situations of desperation and extremity. The final four stories are divided evenly into the realistic mode ("Among the Ancients," "Spotter"), and the dystopian or science fiction mode ("Preservation," "A-1"). These stories intend to capture the darker aspects of a place, to explore where we are, and where we may be going.