Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Creative Writing and Environment
Naya Henderson-Brooks strives to enter high school as if she’s already been there, done that, and skipped the reunion. While attending a rally to save Q-Town—their queer youth community center—from her former church, her best friend Dante falls into an unexplained coma, leaving Naya reeling. Fortuitously, her maternal grandmother Granny Mabel shows up and sweeps her off her feet by revealing the existence of a spirit-based magic, passed down from an ancient West African goddess and adapted by slaves’ new lives on stolen land. If she believes in this, she might be able to save Dante, maybe even Q-Town. Wrestling with her growing body and its own set of new feelings for Dante’s friend Jersey—who is close-lipped and uses they/them pronouns—Naya lets her instincts guide her as she learns about her power, bonds with her younger brother, and tries to save the world.
Christopher, Renee, "Conjured light" (2019). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 17166.