Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Beth Gylys

Second Advisor

David Bottoms

Third Advisor

Pearl McHaney


Drawing from the conventions of narrative and confessional lyric poetry, this collection of original poetry aims to explore the concepts of myth and femininity, ranging from the autobiographical to the universal. Based on thematic similarities, the collection is broken into two main sections that are loosely split on the before and afters of the coming of age experience. These deeply intertwined poems uncover a failed family, a deeply religious upbringing and its lingering effects, specifically as/for a female, and the attempts to live with early life traumas and create a sense of security within the borders of the body and the spiritual self.

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