Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Jane Baas

Second Advisor

Timothy Conrad


Waxing, Waning, Waking: A collection of poetry and prose is a digital magazine featuring a body of creative writing pieces that were written during my undergraduate career. The written word is powerful and adaptable and can accomplish any number of difficult tasks. The pieces included here were chosen from a number of genres, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, to reflect and explore some of the countless ways that we use words. The title of the collection reflects the elements of space, light, and darkness that appear as motifs throughout the larger body of work, which discusses:

  • Family
  • Nature and belonging
  • Love and loss
  • Depression, suicide, substance use disorders, and sexual abuse

A major component of this project was compiling these pieces into an original magazine, which was designed and formatted using Adobe InDesign; the handful of illustrations that are included in the magazine are also original and were converted to digital format using Adobe Illustrator.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access