“You better get used to this place, or it'll drive you crazy.” When the non-binary African-American protagonist of Black Canvas begins their first year at Dartmouth College in 1987, it seems that the cold and isolation will consume their soul. Their father dies and they are consumed by their inability to cry. Frat parties aren't a good antidote for their awkwardness and solitary existence, nor is finding solace through the campus drug and alcohol guru. But when they get a job at the campus museum, the incredibly colorful “painting-poem” by Joan Miró, literally begins calling to them. Ghosts from campus' past begin poking their noses into the main character’s alcoholic hazes and their mother even begins to worry but pushes them to go on no matter what the cost. Can they pull it all together before they lose their sanity or their very life?