Kristy Bowen is a writer and book artist based in Chicago. She divides her time writing poems & essays, making books & art, and creating lifestyle & culture content for various websites and publications. 
She blogs about writing, art, and other miscellany at DULCETLY: NOTES ON A BOOKISH LIFERaised in the wilds of northern Illinois, she lives in a beautiful, but drafty, art deco building near the lake with her cats, her love, too many books, and a vast collection of thrifted finds--only some of which are haunted



Bowen is the author of several books, chapbooks, zines, and artist books, including the recent poetry collections, COLLAPSOLOGIES (dgp, 2023) and SEX & VIOLENCE (Black Lawrence, 2020). Her poetry has recently appeared in GrimoireMarrow Magazine, and Dark WinterA poem, "house of strays," appeared in the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A Day:365 Poems for Every Occasion anthology. She has read her work in a number of galleries, bars, cafes, conferences, academic institutions, and other venues, including the Field Museum of Natural History and the Poetry Foundation. Bowen possesses graduate degrees in literature and creative writing from DePaul University and Columbia College. Her creative work often delves into horror, gothicism, and dark surrealism. 


An extension of writing and story-making, Bowen's visual experiments include collage, printmaking, installation, assemblage, altered books, zines, and watercolor, with forays into digital collage and video poetry. Her visual/text work has appeared in a number of publications and has been exhibited locally in Chicago-area galleries. 
A portfolio of her visual/text work appeared in Tupelo Quarterly. She occasionally facilitates workshops in zine making, bookwrecking, and other paper arts. She runs DANCING GIRL PRESS & STUDIO, where she makes and sells all manner of art, books, paper goods and accessories, as well as curates a long-running chapbook series devoted to women writers. 


Bowen makes a living writing for a number of publications and websites about design, art, decor, DIY, crafting, antiques, and food & leisure. She writes regularly for House Digest, with additional work in Cozymeal, Classpop!, E-How, Homes.com, Worthpoint, Thriftcon, and others. She also pens occasional online lesson content and study guides in the arts & humanities, mostly in the fields of literature, mythology/folklore, art history, and architecture.