Date of Award

Winter 12-19-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - English



First Advisor

Dr. Christine Butterworth-McDermott

Second Advisor

Dr. Steven Marsden

Third Advisor

Dr. Sarah Henning

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Anne Smith


My collection, Arc, is about the struggle to become a human being and to find one’s own identity. Also, it is about how humans fall apart and come together on a regular basis – that we must find forgiveness – we must learn to love in even the most difficult circumstances – and we must, above all, continue to grow, and challenge our personal limits. Life does not contain us –it welcomes us – and that is part of the message I seek to convey through my writing. The imagery in my writing is grounded in my memories of my childhood and my experience growing up in a conservative, religious, affluent family while remaining a closeted gay woman until I was 35 years old. My imagery deals with masks and costumes that protect our true selves from being seen – to protect ourselves from judgment, criticism or condemnation. My poetry also speaks to my love of nature both in the Texas Hill Country where I was raised and in the East Texas woods where spent summers with my grandparents. My poetry follows the “arc” of my life from my earliest memories to the present.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Included in

Poetry Commons



Tell us how this article helped you.


To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.