Date of Graduation

Winter 12-11-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFAW)

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Creative Writing

First Advisor

Arisa White

Second Advisor

Brittany Perham

Abstract

Noted Mirrors seeks exploration, it seeks discovery it seeks experience. I think, like most of us, I’ve often had far more wonders than answers, but I often like it that way. Noted Mirrors tries to understand a romance that frightened, a friend taken away too soon that crippled. An unconditional love from grandparents and a mother that rescued. A relationship with an absent father that poisoned. Revelational relationships with familiar strangers that taught so much in the form of freeing. A fascination with Redwoods and Orcas that brought so much life into merely being. And a curiosity of the abstract that brought so much sight into merely seeing.

I think I learned just as much from writing this book as I had to learn in order to write it. What I mean is that in order for me to write my truth I first had to find meaning in that truth. What it meant to me, what I thought it could mean for people like me or the public in general. I found that meaning by simply realizing that I could be whoever I wanted to be as long as I remained curious; I could dream. So, I’ve chose to be a writer of ubiquitous exploration, whether that search led me home or to uncharted lands. I’ve chose to be a writer of foreign discovery, whether the finding is something of the exterior or interior. And most importantly, I’ve chose to be a writer of curious experience, no matter how many answers I get, no matter how many questions I have. Noted Mirrors serves as a reminder that I’m still dreaming, even today, right now.

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