English Language and Literature ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-15-2021


Varying threads of identity poetics coalesce in this collection that interrogates contemporary America. Most poems incorporate a pantheon of pop cultural and historical characters dislocated from their typical contexts, in order to foreground fallacies of myth making and patriarchal society. The collection’s central piece, “An American Standard: An Essay” juxtaposes these poems through its longform approach to interrogating the topical violence playing out in America today. This piece plays out in four separate sections, each informing the next section as well as the full manuscript.

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree


Department Name


First Committee Member (Chair)

Lisa Chavez

Second Committee Member

Gregory Martin

Third Committee Member

Cedar Brant

Fourth Committee Member

Kevin Prufer

Document Type


Available for download on Wednesday, May 15, 2120