A Writer in Art School: Fostering Meaningful Interdisciplinary Experiences

Room 2102A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


This panel will examine methodologies that foster exploration in interdisciplinarity, outlining projects and practices undertaken in the first four years of OCADU’s creative writing BFA program, including in-class experiences and exercises, public projects, curricular intersections, and student-led iniitiatives and publications, all of which encourage writing that seeks new spaces for text and engage with the precepts, materials, and processes of art and design practices.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2024_MASTER_Notes_Outline.docx



Jada White is an interdisciplinary student in her third year of the OCAD creative writing BFA. She uses creative writing, photography, illustration, mixed media, and printmaking to explore her interest in what draws strangers to one another, despite all the reasons we could stay apart.

Catherine Black is an associate professor and chair of the BFA creative writing program at OCAD University in Toronto. Catherine has published three books with Guernica Editions, and her work has been nominated for the ReLit Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.

Professor Lillian Allen is an acclaimed foremother of Canadian Poetry and poet laureate of Toronto. She is a renowned international exponent of dub poetry with politically charged, community-engaged poetics. She initiated and led the development of the BFA in Creative Writing Program at OCAD University.

Ian Keteku is an internationally-acclaimed writer/performer and the 2010 World Poetry Slam champion. He uses his voice to inspire messages of action and critical thought. Ian’s work is strongly influenced by journeys throughout Africa. He teaches creative writing at OCAD University.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center