R265. CANCELLED: Is a Creative Writing PhD Right for Me?

Status: Not Accepted

Room 213, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


In this panel, five current and recently graduated creative writing PhD students will reflect on their reasons for pursuing the highest level of graduate education, what they feel they gained from their educations, the expected and unexpected issues they encountered while in their programs, and what advice or food for thought they would impart to those currently considering applying to creative writing PhD programs.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Is_a_Creative_Writing_Program_Right_for_Me_Handout.docx



Gwendolyn Edward is a member of the Cherokee Nation and a gender-fluid writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is a PhD student at the University of Missouri and a teaching fellow of creative writing. Her research focuses are genre-bending and creative pedagogy in relation to marginalized peoples.

Kara Dorris earned a PhD from the University of North Texas and teaches writing at Illinois College. Her book, Have Ruin, Will Travel, was published by Finishing Line Press. She has also published four chapbooks. Her work appears in Beauty is a Verb and The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked.

Donald Edem Quist is a writer and lecturer. He is author of the essay collection Harbors and the short story collection For Other Ghosts. Quist holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is currently a Gus T. Ridgel Fellow in the English PhD program at University of Missouri.

Samyak's poems appear in The Cincinnati Review, Waxwing, House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing about Nepal, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from Aspen Words, the Virginia G. Piper Center, and the Vermont Studio Center.

William Todd Seabrook is the author of four novellas-in-flash including The Imagination of Lewis Carroll, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and The Genius of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He earned his PhD at Florida State University, and is the coeditor of The Cupboard Pamphlet, a prose chapbook press.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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