Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Carolyn Hembree

Second Advisor

John Gery

Third Advisor

Leslie White


Tough-Cooled Maroon is a collection of twenty-eight poems in three sections, which arc from an introspection amidst heartbreak to an external awareness of place and culture. Poems in each section, with this progression in mind, draw from a range of artistic influences, including not only those within the fine arts and poetry itself but also those within contemporary pop culture. While the writer experiments with nonce and established form, most poems appear in free verse. All moves occur in the interest of broadly engaging with art, craft, and media so that the writer may interact with her identity and surroundings as wholly as thesis parameters will allow.


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