Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degree Name

Creative Writing (Nonfiction)

Department or School/College


Committee Chair

Judy Blunt

Committee Co-chair

Mark Sundeen

Commitee Members

Judy Blunt, Mark Sundeen, Katie Kane, Emily Ruskovitvh


Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rio Grande, Bosque


University of Montana

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


This story is about living in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2017 as a mixed-race woman with Hispanic, European, and Indigenous Mexican and Puebloan ancestry. Albuquerque seeks to understand how marginalized cultures become subsumed and ultimately lost by the dominate culture. As a child of mixed heritage, I am interested in the internalization of this cultural disappearance, and all the subtle yet profound choices my ancestors have made: my grandparents refused to teach Spanish to their children so they would fit in better with the whites, my Indian great grandfather fled Mexico, leaving behind his tribe and culture, never to return. My pueblo ancestry is long lost and never talked about; instead, stories of Spanish conquistadors and rich merchants are the favored family lore. Albuquerque is also a focus on place, and what it means to feel like you and the place you came from are inextricably linked, and when one suffers, so does the other, and when one is parched, baffled, and wounded, so is the other.



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