Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Committee Director

Timothy Seibles

Committee Member

Luisa Igloria

Committee Member

Sheri Reynolds


The title of my thesis is Sex, Love, and Black Lives. This title embodies the three prominent aspects of my life: intimacy, relationships, and being black in America. These subjects are important to me because they influence a lot of my writing. They have also made played a key role in shaping me into the person I am today. Section one will focus on my sexual experiences, section two will focus on romantic and platonic relationships I’ve had, and section three will focus on my perspective of being black in America.

Writing about my various thoughts and opinions allowed me to express myself in a way that I did not do with my parents. Writing about my sexual experiences also allows me to reflect on how each respective encounter has impacted emotionally. I like to write about sex in relation to love because I have had trouble connecting the two.

I also use my poems to elaborate on certain actions and thoughts that occur when I’m with a significant other. Writing a stanza or two here and there helps me to verbalize my feelings, filter them, and effectively communicate them when the time comes.

After sex and relationships will come a section on being black in America. Sensitive as this topic may be, it is one that needs to be addressed. With everything going on in the media about hate crimes and police brutality toward African Americans, I felt that the view of the 21st century young black male needs to be expressed.


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