Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)



First Advisor

Dr. Laura Dabundo

Second Advisor

Dr. Margaret Walters


The first four chapters of a biography of the poet Jasper Walter Griffin. They cover the first thirty years of his life, including Griffin's fatherless childhood in rural South Carolina, his imperious grandmother, his time at Gordon Military School (now Gordon College) in Barnesville, Ga., his tumultuous time in the Army in the U.S. and France, his brushes with the law, and a decade of defiance and anger, of various jobs from bellhop on Nantucket Island to carnival barker in Florida to shady home-improvement contract salesman, and of vagabonding around the U.S. as he searched for what he calls 'the essence of the core of reality. ' Eventually named the Georgia Council for the Arts' only Master Poet-in-Residence and published in more than 400 literary journals and magazines in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, Griffin has been writing poetry for more than half a century. It has been his salvation, his sanity, his sine qua non. This text describes incidents and people in Griffin's life that influenced the development of his character and his art.

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