Born and raised Appalachian (and proud of it), E Bowen is a genderqueer writer and political organizer from Huntington, West Virginia. Having grown up homeschooled in a large, tight-knit family, they know firsthand how radical love and interdependence are at the heart of this region’s beauty.
Before joining the ACLU of WV team, E worked as a door-to-door canvasser for progressive campaigns in Southern West Virginia- meeting thousands of Appalachians on their doorsteps to talk about the issues that impact them. For the past two years, they have also been involved in mutual aid work with unhoused and under-resourced youth in Colorado and West Virginia.
As a youth organizer, they look forward to helping other young people get involved with the ongoing fight for democracy and liberation in West Virginia. It is their hope that young peoples’ dreams and ideas for a happy, sustainable future will begin to take center-stage more and more in the days ahead. They strongly believe that kids are some of the coolest people on this planet.
E is graduating from Marshall University with a B.A. in English. A total nerd at heart, they enjoy reading, writing, and meandering through libraries/museums in their free time. They’ve recently started dabbling in the art of zine-making, and hope to self-publish their first work soon.