Artist & Scholar: What to Expect & How to Thrive in a Creative Writing PhD

120AB, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Thursday, March 24, 2022
10:35 am to 11:50 am


PhD programs require artists to deftly navigate academia in ways that are distinct from MFA programs. Panelists will share what aspects of the PhD experience can aid the creative process and prepare candidates for post-PhD careers. Topics include how to utilize critical research—such as course work and comprehensive exams—to build a creative bank, how to establish a committee, and how to fashion an inspiring writing community while fulfilling the challenging requirements of a PhD program.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Kim_AWP_2022_Event_Outline.pdf



Tatiana Duvanova is a writer born and raised in Russia. She holds an MFA degree in creative writing from the University of New Mexico and she is currently working toward her PhD in English/creative writing at the University of Rhode Island, where she also teaches creative writing and literature courses.

Afua Ansong is scholar and artist currently pursuing a PhD in English literature at the University of Rhode Island. Her work interrogates representations of Black female subjectivities in African Diaspora literature. She is currently working on a collection of poems about the material culture.

A.H. Jerriod Avant is from Longtown, Mississippi. The recipient of scholarships from Vermont Studio Center and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Jerriod has received two Winter Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and he is currently a PhD English student at the University of Rhode Island.

Sue Y. Kim is currently a creative writing PhD candidate at the University of Rhode Island. She hails from Seoul, Korea, and her writing and research interests include the transnational novel and narrative spatio-temporality.


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Seattle Convention Center