Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Julie Marie Wade

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Denise Duhamel

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Maneck Daruwala

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


Lyric essay collection

Date of Defense



A KALEIDOSCOPE: ESSAYS ON COLOR is a collection of ruminative lyric essays that seeks to plumb the questions How did we get here? following the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. The speaker’s external probing of the present zeitgeist is juxtaposed with personal narrative; the speaker’s ongoing crisis of both geographical and ideological citizenship. Significant themes include truth, consequence, migration, and escape.

The literary elements of A KALEIDOSCOPE are informed by Joan Didion’s THE WHITE ALBUM as she tracks political and personal events of the 1960s using a journalistic approach. BLUETS by Maggie Nelson informs the obsessive poetics of the style. Neela Vaswani’s YOU HAVE GIVEN ME A COUNTRY provided another valuable model for interweaving cultural discourses, informing how the speaker straddles her British and American identities during the era of Brexit and Trump.





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