Naming the Nameless:
An Exploration of Queer Poetry and Empowerment
Naming the Nameless: An Exploration of Queer Poetry and Empowerment is a community-engaged thesis project by Jesse Yelvington for their Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts degree at the University of New Mexico Honors College.
The project explores empowerment, especially how it functions in the lives of LGBTQ+ poets in Albuquerque, New Mexico, aiming to promote empowerment in the process. The thesis was comprised of several parts:
- literary inquiry into the concept of empowerment
- a series of interviews and photographs of LGBTQ+ poets in Albuquerque
- an exhibition of triptychs at a local coffee shop and poetry hub
- an opening night with live poetry
- the continual engagement with ideas and art, as promoted by this website
The project aims to promote empowerment through interaction with individual poets, the LGTBQ+ poetry community, and the public. To further explore the concepts of empowerment, poetry, community, selfhood, intersectionality, identity, and more, please explore this site; read interviews and view portraits of participating poets, explore the idea of empowerment, learn about the artist, read the entire thesis paper, or send a comment or question!
I am immensely grateful to all of the wonderful people who made this project possible. Thank you to my thesis advisers Amaris Ketcham and Megan Jacobs for the hours they spent helping me develop and carry out this project. Gratitude to Winning Coffee Co. and Bryce for allowing me to exhibit my art and have the opening in their wonderful space. Thanks to the UNM Honors College for the opportunity to do this work and travel to conferences around the country to present it. Love to my friends, family, and my queer and poetry communities for keeping me going throughout this project and beyond. Finally, thank you so much to all of the poets who shared their time, work, and selves.