Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Carolyn Hembree

Second Advisor

John Gery

Third Advisor

Justin Maxwell


Kelly Gangeness Le’s poetry manuscript focuses on paradoxical values concerning horror and humor paired with family and isolation. With the aesthetic approach that poetry ought to resemble the emotional intensity of music, Le strives for animated language. Her influences come from coarse, post-hardcore music and Lucie Brock-Broido’s scholarly yet brutal poetry. Thus she negotiates between lowbrow and literary dynamics. Family; Horror; Humor; Dissonance


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