Honors Program

Midway Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Don Johnson

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Thesis Reader(s)

Jesse Graves, Joseph Baker


This creative thesis is a retelling of events as a collection of poems. Struggling with mental illness most of my life, I base most of my writing in this odd juxtaposition—the struggle for life alternating with my delight in its splendor. I find myself writing about the most challenging times in my life along with the most magnificent.

The critical introduction explores and elaborates on the context and influences of my writing. Every line of poetry on every page has been a journey of reconciliation with my past and present—a journey deciphering who I am among all the leftovers of what I have been. An undeniably essential expedition.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

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