Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Joseph Skinner

Second Advisor

Dr. Marci McMahon

Third Advisor

Dr. Laura Emma Perez


This literary work of creative nonfiction qualifies under the literary genre of memoir, as a co-authored memoir. While the work incorporates the practices of both memoir and testimonio, the classification as a co-authored memoir recognizes a collaboration between the writer and the individual interviewed for this piece. “Stolen Youth: A Co-Authored Memoir” presents nine chapters and an epilogue, and is part of a larger creative work. The piece narrates the life of, Cirano “Cid” Lagunas, III, a dear friend who offered me the opportunity to convey his personal experiences through memoir. His memoir begins at the age of 12, following him through an adolescence influenced by physical and emotional abuse, gang and drug activity, abandonment and incarceration. Forced to become independent at a young age, he submerges himself in a lifestyle of criminal activity, and later finds the guidance and strength to survive and leave behind his stolen youth.


Copyright 2013 Jennilee Ann Garza. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American