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

Julie Marie Wade

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Maneck Daruwala

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


feminism, familial relationships, trauma, abuse, mental illness, death, healing, gender expectations, poems, lyric essay

Date of Defense



DON’T BE ANOTHER GIRL is a collection of poetry that braids together themes of familial relationships, death, abuse, mental illness, feminism, and attempts at healing. These free-verse and prose poems use pop culture, politics, and elements of nature as vehicles to explore and reject the violence of the western white patriarchy. In the first section the speaker questions the curses that flow out from bloodlines—genetic traits, behaviors, and gender expectations. The second section utilizes lyrical prose blocks that thread together trauma and sleep paralysis, following an emotionally immobilized speaker who struggles to step off a dangerous escalator, away from toxic relationships. The third section slowly shifts, towards confronting internalized sexism and defining sisterhood.

Under the influences of Sharon Olds, Rachel McKibbens, Julia Koets, Jaquira Díaz, Anne Carson, Jan Beatty, and Audre Lorde, these poems attempt to call in question the sexist ideals of a male-dominated society.



Previously Published In

Pittsburgh Poetry Journal: “Wishes for My Uterus”

Salamander: “Where Words are Buried” and “The Woman Behind Me in the Target Check-Out Line”

Silk Road Review: “The Whale Tells Us: I Want to Beach Myself”

Small Orange Journal: “Claiming the Throne”

South Florida Poetry Journal: “At 25, Britney Spears Picks Up Razor” and “My Dog Teaches Me About Self Care”

Included in

Poetry Commons



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