Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


English Language and Literatures


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Edward Madden


This series is a collection of poems covering a writer's journey through family and personal narratives and travels. The collection includes various poetry styles such as persona, ballad, prose, and other received contemporary forms. The work has been inspired from photographs, archival research, and personal interviews. The poems' subjects date from the late 1940's to present day and take place throughout the North Carolina region and elsewhere. The musicality is present within the poet's use of voice and familiar sounds. Subjects include: race and gender studies, the southern textile industry, Western North Carolina history, tobacco, textile production, industrial plant life, domestic, migration, nature, and the everyday voices of workers