Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Jordan, Judy


This series of poems documents the speaker’s experience working as a wilderness field guide for a substance abuse program in North Carolina. The poems explore what it looks like to work direct care and to hold responsibility for a group of women’s physical and emotional wellbeing. There is a secondary narrative that interrogates the speaker’s relationship to substances as well as the speaker’s father’s identity as a recovering alcoholic.

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