Date Written

Spring 2015

Document Type





Terry Hermsen, PhD

First Committee Member

Terry Hermsen, PhD

Second Committee Member

Candyce Canzoneri, PhD

Third Committee Member

Shannon Lakanen, PhD


coming out, found poetry, narrative poetry, feminist poetry, exploration, discovery

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Poetry


Who I Am Through the Lens of Distortion is a work of fact and fiction, mixing some of Mackenzie’s actual life events with surrealistic/dreamlike details. During Mackenzie’s time at Otterbein she has loved blending her loves of fiction writing and poetry into one beautiful art form. This project is a culmination of just that. Mackenzie has chosen to focus on her life as a college student, in regards to her memories and her growth as an independent adult, feminist, woman, and writer with distortion of place and time to spice things up. In this project she attempts to answer the age old question of ‘Who am I?’ not only as a person but as a writer as well. She attempts to question how college and her relationships, both personal and intimate, have formed her present and future. Through this project Mackenzie hopes to reveal parts of her life and what made her who she is today and who she is to become but with an artistic flare.



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