English Language and Literature ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 8-27-2020


This collection of poetry explores themes of time, memory, and identity through a lens crafted after a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Novel. Drawing on the author’s personal experiences and history, this collection confronts the reader with the historical implications of their own choices through a structure that compels multiple readings, leading to new discoveries of the interior experience of choice. A pair of choices located at the end of each poem confront the reader with an opportunity to complete the poem as best suits them. Each successive re-reading will result in new iterations of the book’s structure, though the odds of any two readings being identical are vanishingly small. By successively re-reading and re-engaging with the contents of this book, the reader is given the opportunity to re-create a history and by so doing, re-create their own.

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree


Department Name


First Committee Member (Chair)

Lisa Chavez

Second Committee Member

Stephen Benz

Third Committee Member

Marisa Clark

Fourth Committee Member

Juan Morales



Document Type


Available for download on Sunday, December 31, 2119