Graduation Date

Spring 2024

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in English, emphasis in Applied English Studies

Committee Chair Name

Christina Hsu Accomando

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Janelle Adsit

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff


Spoken word poetry, Performance poetry, Counterstory, Voice, Counternarrative, Representation, Resistance, Identity, Community, Commonality, Social media, Contemporary, Palestinian literature, Chicane literature, Latine American literature, Personal narrative


In this project I research the counternarratives within spoken word poetry by authors of color (i.e., Rafeef Ziadah, José Olivarez, and Denise Frohman) and how they resist the dominant narratives that are broadcast towards a larger audience. I analyze categories of counterstory through the following paired themes: immigration/citizenship, and joy/trauma. I delve into the heavy importance of community within my project in the realm of spoken word poetry. A lot of poetry is going against dominant narratives, community within this discourse gives a sense of belonging and relatability to the experience of the spoken word performers.

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