Liz Bowen

Liz Bowen is a Ph.D. candidate in English and comparative literature who works at the intersections of 20th and 21st century American literature, disability studies, and critical animal studies. Her dissertation, “Animal Abilities: Disability, Species Difference, and Aesthetic Innovation in the Long 20th Century,” traces the intertwined deployments of disability, animality, and cognitive otherness as sites for literary experimentation, from Faulkner to the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary poetics. She has published critical reviews in The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies and Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies, and her essay “On Outcast Women, Dog Love, and Abjection between Species” will be included in the edited collection Animaladies, forthcoming from Bloomsbury. Liz has been the graduate organizer for Columbia’s University Seminar on Disability, Culture, and Society for the past three years, and she is also pursuing a certificate in feminist scholarship from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She has been the instructor of record for both writing composition and literary studies courses, including an upper-level seminar of her own design called Animal Modernisms.

Liz is also a widely published poet and poetry critic. Her first full-length poetry collection, Sugarblood, was published by Metatron Press in 2017, and her chapbook Compassion Fountain is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press in 2018. Her poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, The Wanderer, Dream Pop Press, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Atlas Review, and elsewhere. She is also on the poetry staff at Anomaly magazine. For further publications, press, and CV, please visit her website at


Academic Interests:

20th and 21st century American literature, disability studies, critical animal studies, gender and sexuality, modernism, contemporary poetry, "outsider art," history of medicine