Presenting Joel Miller

Title of Capstone: Anxious and Autistic

Joel Miller reads two sections, which he hasn’t shared with his class yet, from his Capstone Project, Anxious and Autistic. In his own words: “I’m a creative writing major, with a film minor, and as you can guess, I’m on the spectrum. After college, I want to start writing a young adult series.”

Please join us in Congratulating Joel!

Presenting Tatiaira Herndon

Title of Capstone: The Blacker the Berry the Deeper Her Blues

Tatiaira Herndon is currently completing her final credit at Eastern Michigan, and will graduate with a major in creative writing and a minor in communications. In her own words: “For my Capstone Project, The Blacker the Berry the Deeper Her Blues, I have created a series of structureless poetry that addresses the issues surrounding and experiences of the black woman. It is a rather personal piece, however, I plan to further develop my work after graduating and incorporate the voices of other black women. I plan to eventually have this piece published in hard copy and electronically. My post-graduation plans mostly consist of getting my voice out there and pursuing a career that pertains to my major.”

Experience Tatiaira’s piece The Blacker the Berry the Deeper Her Blues Here:
Part One and Part Two

Presenting Marie Williamson

 I am performing my poem called “Tenebrism” from my Capstone Project titled “Artemisia.” My Capstone Project is ekphrastic poetry inspired by the famous Judith paintings of the Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi. 

Marie is a Creative Writing major with a double minor in Art History and Literature. Ekphrasis has allowed her to combine two passions: Italian Renaissance and Baroque art with poetry.

“I like my poetry to experiment and respond to the feelings one has when seeing these artworks. I have had the privilege to travel to Italy for two study abroad trips, and I was able to see many of the artworks that inspire me to write. In the fall, I will be continuing my Creative Writing education at Eastern as a graduate student in the Creative Writing MA program. I will also be a graduate assistant in the Department of English Language and Literature.”

Listen to Marie’s Capstone here: “Tenebrism: Part One and Part Two.”

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Presenting Ronea Bailey

Title of Capstone: Sinking In Deeply.

“My capstone project, Sinking In Deeply, is a work of a memoir with a hint of fiction exploring the journey of my writing as a black woman and my struggles with identity. I am a Creative Writing major with a minor in Psychology. My plan after I graduate is to develop a writing program for young kids to be able to express themselves. My goal for my writing is for young African American kids to have characters who they are able to identify with.”

Listen to Ronea’s Capstone Project, Sinking In Deeply.

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Presenting Shayla Harris

The title of Shayla’s Capstone is Mirror of Freedom

“This capstone project is a collection of poems, sound poems, and performances about the journey of finding freedom by looking at myself in the mirror. “

Shayla Harris is double majoring in Creative Writing and Arts and Entertainment Management. She is an African American woman and Christian who uses poetry to reflect on identity, and she plans to continue writing and travel the world performing after graduation, as well as go full course into artist management. 

Experience Shayla’s Capstone Project, Mirror of Freedom, Part One and Part Two.

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Presenting Sierra Brocklehurst


Sierra’s Capstone Project is entitled: Too Many Projects and Not Enough Time: A Writer’s Story.

This is a hybrid work of narrative, prose, and poetry addressing the nature of writing from a fictional university student’s point of view. Sierra is a third-year student majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Electronic Media and Film Studies Sierra Brocklehurst,  aims to pursue a career as a writer for Cartoon Network Studios.

Please join us in congratulating Sierra.