Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2617

Date

2016

Date of Award

4-15-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Concentration

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Sonja Livingston

Committee Member

Kathy Lou Schultz

Committee Member

Brandy Wilson

Abstract

In the Non-Light is a collection of personal essays. A few of the essays are elegies to loved ones who died from overdoses, suicides, and illnesses. Other essays look at what it means to be a woman in the world of dope and crime where the female body is seen as a commodity. Each essay works together to reveal how some people are drawn to both the darkness and the light, and end up having to stay in between. I do this through personal narratives of my life and my relationships with others. Whether it be in the gritty landscape of Memphis looking for a fix or in the Holy Land of Israel looking for God, this collection searches for how to deal with the heaviness of life. The answer is to keep living. Whether it's a concious decision or a predetermined fate, this collection is about survival.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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