Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts




Creative Writing (MFA)

First Advisor/Chairperson

Matthew Gavin Frank


Brick is a collection of lineated and prose poetry that explores the role of transfemininity in Western imperial history and imagination. The text engages with themes of sisterhood, trauma, and ideology through the lens of transfeminism as they relate to history, family, and the state. Brick is the search for chosen family and a place of belonging as it narrates the life of and creates dialogue between its principal subject, Dora Richter, the first documented trans woman to receive a vaginoplasty. Brick celebrates trans life and embodiment in all of its delicate precarity under capitalist patriarchy, serving as warning of how easily progress can be lost while proclaiming the joy of rebellion from the cruel, effemimanic imagination it documents.

Access Type

Open Access

Justification for Restricting Access

Sensitive information. I do not want people to read it.

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