Portland State University. Department of English
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
1 online resource (iii, 71 pages)
Land of Unwashed Clothes is a collection that reflects on the cyclical nature of life, death, and its continuous unspooling of memory as it clings to tradition. Centered around emotional experiences as a Mexican American woman, I tiptoe through gossip to celebrate the intricacies of familial truths. From quinceañeras to Disneyland to funerals, I latch onto ceremonies that bring people together. In rewriting these gatherings, I focus on themes of masculinity, religion, postpartum, and death of childhood.
© 2023 Samantha Rivas
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Rivas, Samantha, "Land of Unwashed Clothes" (2023). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6439.