Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Creative Writing (MFA)
This collection of poetry and flash non-fiction is a full-length hybrid collection that focuses on themes of grief, inheritance, memory, and sexuality. Genetic inheritance, inherited trauma, and the tangible inheritance of physical objects are all explored throughout the work. The project was inspired by the loss of my mother, and my subsequent diagnosis with a BRCA2 mutation. The fractured form was inspired by the gaps in memory that are created as a result of grief. The Illuminated Empty Spaces aims to define the space that grief leaves behind, and ultimately define what that space creates room for.
Wagar, Jane, "The Illuminated Empty Spaces" (2020). All NMU Master's Theses. 673.
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Most of the work is not yet published
Available for download on Monday, April 13, 2026