Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Alessandra Lynch


In her MFA thesis “My Body Is a Question Mark Lit from Within,” Lisa Marie Schrad explores through poetry the body and its different appetites—hunger for justice, for healing, for God, for home, for wonder. Along the way, the poems also make clear that the path toward fullness and satisfaction must inevitably pass through a deep, brave commitment to knowing the full truth about ourselves. When a light shines out from inside the body, what shortcomings are exposed? What goodness is revealed? And how do we live in the world responsibly, kindly, from the space in-between our questions and their answers? In addition to these themes, Schrad offers an introduction on her understanding of poetics and reflects on what drew her to poetry even as a child.

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