Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Chika Unigwe


Outsider: The History of a Life and a Place is a collection of personal essays that juxtapose the fraught racial history of coastal Georgia with the author’s lived experiences growing up there as a disabled and queer Black girl. This thesis reckons with the pain of feeling like a perpetual outsider and also the suffering embedded in the air, land, and water of where the author is from: Brunswick-Glynn County, Georgia, an idyllic place flush with marshes and beaches belying the horrific inequities that fester there—a place where the rich history of Black autonomy and self-determination is concealed in favor of symbols of the Old South and obscured by rampant systemic racism.

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