Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Jean Braithwaite

Second Advisor

Emmy Pérez

Third Advisor

Dr. José A. Rodríguez


I Never Left the Borderland is a memoir encouraged seven years ago. It was originally meant to be the story of a young girl and her experiences as a migrant student, but once the writing process got under way, the narrative began to evolve. It became a complicated account of how the protagonist, now an adult, felt she was experiencing an inexplicable second coming of age, wrestling with her roles as a wife, mother and scholar. The critical introduction focuses on her relationship with literature and how it kept her sane while she struggled with who she was and who others expected her to be. She tells of the process of rediscovering herself, but most importantly—of finding her voice as a woman. The introduction touches briefly on the elements of writing and the challenges in creating this work. A large focus is placed on the literature that influenced the author’s personal life and how it educated her, liberating her along the way.


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