Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Campbell McGrath

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Denise Duhamel

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Nathaniel Cadle

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


poetry, literature, poems, creative writing, contemporary poetry, art, writing, feminism, english

Date of Defense



GROWTH THEORY reckons with a natural world in distress and imagines what attributes and learnings are needed for the individual to become a more beneficial part of the natural world. What does a person’s interaction with their surroundings say about them, and say about the surroundings? Violence, art, relationships, community are all examined along with the mediums through which we record our reality: speaking, writing, singing, taking photos. Despite covering a breadth of physical places and topics, a central tension that takes place between fear and curiosity colors the manuscript throughout. Poems are ordered by subject or temporal consideration, but also in pairs as to what pieces will logically follow or complement one another based on their thematic or craft elements. The voice in GROWTH THEORY toggles between assertive and keenly observational, reflecting inspiration from contemporary poets such as Li-Young Lee and Ada Limón.





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