Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts In Creative Writing Degree



First Advisor

Pagel, Caryl A

Second Advisor

Julie Burrell

Third Advisor

Imad Rahman


Research shows that - creative and expressive can be used as a therapeutic tool to address military and personal trauma. As a Combat Veteran and Cleveland Literacy Advocate -I have used poetry as a means of personal healing and community development. As a Poet -I use my art as weapon for personal and community change. The following manuscript provides a critical introduction and poetry - which speaks to literary technique, inspiration and purpose.