Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Suji Kwock Kim

Second Advisor

Joyce Peseroff

Third Advisor

Lloyd Schwartz


This collection of poems explores the cultural, historical, and emotional geography of rural Western Pennsylvania. Some poems map this terrain in terms of industry: steel mills, coal mining, mushroom mining, chemical plants, the Cambria Iron Works. Others chart space by means of historical events--such as the Johnstown Flood--ancestry, relationships, and childhood memories. Ultimately these poems seek to capture the ghost of a region whose industry has vanished, whose population dwindles, and whose memory is increasingly amnesiac.


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