Trans Am

Date of Award

Spring 2019

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

First Advisor

David Rivard

Second Advisor

Mekeel McBride

Third Advisor

Shelley Girdner


This thesis is a collection of poems that catalog familial legacy and ties, images of America, and a struggle to come to terms with one’s own self while also processing one’s external surroundings. These poems feature locations across the United States and how the speaker fits in these regions, either literally or figuratively. There is a primary focus of developing a consistent voice and tone over the whole piece, a voice that is strong and decided, while also controlled and guarded. There is an exploration of the self, through observing other people in these regions. Image and statement making creates not only a loose narrative in most of the poems, but also a mood that remains constant throughout the thesis. There is mention of traveling roads throughout the thesis, signifying both a literal journey, but also an emotional journey in self-discovery.