Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Denise Duhamel

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Dr. Julie Marie Wade

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Dr. Donna "Aza" Weir-Soley

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


poetry, ecology, nature, creative writing

Date of Defense






Terin Weinberg

Florida International University, 2021

Miami, Florida

Professor Denise Duhamel, Major Professor

BYCATCH is a collection of poems that explore the speaker’s relationship with the natural world. The poems utilize a variety of forms, from traditional sestinas and sonnets driven by image, to puzzle-pieced stereoscopes that can be read grammatically in three different ways—left to right, or down one of either columns. Though the collection is rooted in nature, the emotional drive is rooted in the construction and deconstruction of the family and the body. Each section of the book will function as explorations through different environments and their associations to the speaker’s family, birthplace and overarching narrative content.

BYCATCH is divided into three sections. The sections of poems focus on the speaker’s relationship with family and the land on which the speaker was raised—mountainous farmland in New Jersey, swamp and ocean in Florida. From the barn to the sea, creatures she observes serve as early lessons on morality.



Previously Published In

“After the Kindness” Glassworks Magazine (2021)

“Seahorses” Glassworks Magazine (2021)

“Molting” Small Orange Journal (2020)

“Portrait of my Mother at Twenty-Three” After Happy Hour Review (2020)

“Coupling” Big Muddy (2020)

“Dear Lost,” Big Muddy (2020)

“Elegy for Burying” Press 53 (2020)

“Epiphyte Lullabies” Rewilding: Poems for the Environment Anthology (2020)

“Stone Claw Crabbing” Rewilding: Poems for the Environment Anthology (2020)

“My Grandfather is a Submarine” Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit. (2020)

“Giant Pacific Octopus” Split Rock Review (2020)

“Stone Claw Crabbing” Swamp Ape Review (2020)

“Epiphyte Lullabies” Swamp Ape Review (2020)

“Spaces” The SHORE (2019)

“Stereoscope for Longing” The Normal School (2019)

“Ice of Greenland Whispers, 1968” Flyway: Journal for Writing & Environment (2019)

“Evacuation" formerly "Sonnet (1)" Moon City Press (2019)

“Smoke Screens” Hawai’i Review (2018)

“Out of Mouth” Dark River Review (2017)

“Where the Ground Opened” Little Patuxent Review (2017)

“Teacup Bloom” Waccamaw (2017)

“Third House to the Left” New Southerner (2017)

“Processes” Red Earth Review (2017) pg. 140

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Poetry Commons



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