Publication Date

5-2021

Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

3-4-2021

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

Theatre Arts

Major Advisor

Kerri Webster, M.F.A.

Advisor

Martin Corless-Smith, Ph.D.

Advisor

Rebecca Wolff, M.F.A.

Abstract

Steven Universe once sang, “I learned to stay true to myself/ by watching myself die.” This is precisely the natural journey we must all embark upon in this life; our self continually returning, remembering that which we can trust our bodies have known all along: we are not actually separate from this thing we’ve called nature. This ever-opening landscape necessitates fluidity and the recognition of other modes of knowledge and connection, sometimes only sound or space as our guide. A place where self-healing and self-sacrifice is simultaneously enacted. Each of these moments reverberates and affects the universal voice. The earth always already knows my pain and still welcomes me every time, us now—every time.

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