Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Richard Goodman

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Steeby

Third Advisor

Randy Bates


A collection of eight epistolary nonfiction essays by Téo Chesney concerned with the challenges of understanding the intersections of their identity as a Brazilian, transmasculine, adoptee. The letters contend with constructing new meanings of family, race, gender, and belonging. Through evocative imagined scenes and childhood fantasies, this collection can truly be called a personal mythology.


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