Graduation Date

Summer 2023

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in English, emphasis in Literary & Cultural Studies

Committee Chair Name

Christina Hsu Accomando

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Nancy Perez

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff


Xicanx, Borderlands, Indigeneity, Writing practices, Poetry, Gloria Anzaldua, Luz Calvo, Catriona Rueda Esquibel, Decolonize your diet, First generation, Queer body

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My thesis project is a multi-genre story in itself, dedicated to my community. By using Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza and Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel’s Decolonize Your Diet, I emphasize the importance of Xicanx writing needing to reflect their Indigenous identity by intertwining the spiritual and physical in their writing practices. In the process of creating this thesis project I was able to heal my own writing and have it shapeshift into creating a summer poetry class for high school students in the Humboldt County Area. In all, I found these writing practices to be crucial for the evolution of literature and more importantly to help Queer Xicanx writers, students, and communities feel empowered and reconnect with their culture.

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