Liz Bahs

Dr Liz Bahs


Lecturer in Creative Writing
+44 (0)1483 686188
25 AD 02
Wednesday and Friday afternoons or by appointment.

Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.

Biography

Areas of specialism

creative writing; long poems and poetry sequences; poetry; prose poetry; nature writing / travel writing; polyvocal / polyphonic; Narrative Studies; multi-narrativity

University roles and responsibilities

  • Programme Director for BA English Literature with Creative Writing
  • Languages and Literature rep for the LGBT Equality Group
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Staff Rep for Literature and Languages
  • Director of Surrey New Writers Festival (2018-2021)

    My qualifications

    Practice-based PhD in Creative Writing (Poetry)
    Royal Holloway, University of London
    MA English Literature: Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change
    University of Sussex
    BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing; Associate of Arts in Women's Studies; Associate of Arts in World Religions
    University of Florida

    Research

    Research interests

    Research collaborations

    Supervision

    Postgraduate research supervision

    My teaching

    My publications

    Publications

    Liz Bahs (2020). Stay Bones
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    Liz Bahs’s debut collection of poetry straddles continents and generations – from a childhood in America to an adult life in the UK, from long-dead relatives to loved ones today. A family history is brought alive in a photographic sequence: “Through green shagpile fields, she gallops on / tiptoe” (Chicken Pox Nude), while in University of Florida: Jennings Hall we meet Lisa: ‘in the hallway, between the toilets / and the fire escape, skinny Lisa roller-skated / in her un- derwear, Budweiser in hand”. We also encounter Tony “in silver stilettos, tunes his voice higher”, a sex worker called Victoria, and the pilot of Flight 1549 who landed his plane on the Hudson river. A poignant medley of insights and char- acters, delivered with wit and grace, this collection lingers after the final page.
    Liz Bahs (2018). Greyhound Night Service
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    A pamphlet of poetry and haibun. Maquette Press, 2018
    Liz Bahs (2021). ‘More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Multi-Narrativity and Polyphony in Jackie Kay’s Poetry Sequence “The Adoption Papers”’
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    Forthcoming article in a special Multi-Narrative issue of the journal LWU (). Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel.
    English Literature in Science and Teaching