Date of Award

Spring 2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Creative Writing

Committee Director

Marianne Chan

Committee Member

Remica Bingham-Risher

Committee Member

Luisa A. Igloria

Committee Member

Molly McCully Brown


This Changes Everything is a bildungsroman of motherhood, explored as a memoir-in-essays. The collection focuses on the universal rites of passage each parent experiences, and the unique way these shared milestones – the sticker shock that comes when realizing American childcare is unaffordable, the first time you lose a child, the first time your child is sick and you cannot heal them, the last time your last baby sleeps in a crib – shaped my own life.

Motherhood as a claimed identity is an organizing principle of the collection, and the essays move chronologically through my life as a newly pregnant woman to a young mother of two. Ann Patchett’s These Precious Days, Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born, and Rachel Cusk’s classic A Life’s Work are foundational texts for what I hope to achieve, and I am continually inspired by the way writers Camille T. Dungy, Louise Erdrich and Kate Baer render the intricacies and complexities and joy of motherhood on the page


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