Elizabeth grew up in LaPlace, Louisiana, and earned her B.A in English from The University of New Orleans. In May 2019, she graduated with an M.F.A from The University of Alabama after defending herthesis, What Opens and Exits and Stitches Shut: A Memoir under the direction of Michael Martone.

Elizabeth has taught freshman composition, introductory creative writing surveys, and upper-level poetry courses at The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Birmingham-Southern College. She spent three years tutoring in the university Writing Center, and led groups at a summer creative writing camp. In 2018, Elizabeth led writing activities at the Girls Intensive Education and Treatment Facility in Tuscaloosa through the Writers in the Schools program. Since 2019, she has taught with Desert Island Supply Co. in Birmingham, where she implements poetry curriculum for 6th and 8th graders in Woodlawn schools, and designs and leads after-school workshops for elementary students.

At Black Warrior Review, the oldest graduate-student run literary journal in the country, Elizabeth was an assistant editor in poetry and creative nonfiction between 2015 and 2017, then held the position of Nonfiction Editor in 2018. She helped produce Fall/Winter Volume 45.1 and Spring/Summer Volume 45.2.

Since 2017, Elizabeth has performed as half of an improvisatory sound duo with percussionist and composer Justin Greene. Theriot and Greene have performed in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Ontario, and most recently at the 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN. The duo collaborates on text scores and other compositions, and consider the intersections between spoken word and experimental sound as they explore queer frameworks of interrogation.


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