Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Jose Skinner

Second Advisor

Emmy Perez

Third Advisor

Dr. Elvia Ardalani


In the critical introduction of this thesis, I explore how the different choices we make as creative writers affect the targeted audience of a work. I focus on the endless battle between genre writing and literary writing, in hopes of there being a style of writing that can utilize the best of both. I write about the issues and themes of the works in this thesis that come close to being nonfiction. Finally, I highlight how stylistic choices in bilingual writing can change or destroy potential audiences. These are aspects that have shaped the creative writing included in this collection. Some of my work utilizes genre elements to achieve their purpose, others rely too heavily on personal experiences, two are in Spanish, and the title work is a hybrid of both languages.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American