Crystal Bowden - Poet & Mixed Media Collage Artist

I'm Crystal, a poet and mixed media collage artist based outside of Atlanta. My poetry and artworks touch on themes ranging from identity, mental illness, social justice, politics, motherhood, and our interconnectedness to nature. At the root, I explore how these things impact the lens through which we view the world around us and ourselves. Much of my collage work explores the intersection between the visual arts and language.

Poetry & collage are both art forms I tap into whenever I have difficulty expressing myself. In this way, each poem & collage tells a different story through interiority. My hope in creating is for each person to find their own story buried within the layers.

I'm a full-time student at Georgia Southern University, majoring in World Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Spanish and minoring in Public Policy and Public Administration.

When I'm not writing, arting or studying, I prefer to hide away in the woods with a good book. An established cat lady, I can be found most days, enjoying kitty snuggles and dreaming of hiking the Appalachian Trail - all 2,190 miles of it. I live with my husband and two children.

You can find my published poetry and artworks in Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine, Unlost Journal, Stillpoint Literary Magazine, and more. See a complete list of publications here.

Currently, I'm working on a manuscript for my first poetry chapbook titled, Before the Exhale.

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