Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Number of Pages
My MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis on poetry has culminated in a poetry manuscript of 60 pages in length. Many of the poems in this manuscript are inspired by my experiences studying English poetry and literature in this program, with a particular emphasis on devotional and spiritual poetry and poetics. A third of my thesis poem, in fact, came out of my experiences fulfilling the “study abroad” requirement in my MFA. To fulfill that requirement, I embarked on a couple pilgrimage walks through rural parts of the United Kingdom. The longest walk was the one I took from Winchester to Canterbury in England, a distance of 125 miles, trod in the footsteps of Chaucer’s pilgrims from The Canterbury Tales. On a related note, I fulfilled my translation requirement by taking two classes in Old English, which resulted in a translation of the Old English poem Beowulf. Both the travel and translation experiences were ones that informed the poetry that I wrote for my thesis. Some of the other classes I took – on the mythological poetics of Charles Olson, the mystical poetry of Hilda Doolittle, and the ecological prose of Hendry David Thoreau – also came to inform the poems in my thesis.
ecology; England; pilgrimage; poetry; sacred; walking
Creative Writing | Religion
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Berger, Michael Lawrence, "Seers In Greensand" (2016). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2638.
IN COPYRIGHT. For more information about this rights statement, please visit http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/