Janice A. Lowe
Janice A. Lowe is a composer, poet, and performer of music text hybrids. She is the author of LEAVING CLE: poems of nomadic dispersal (Miami University Press), and the chapbook SWAM, a short play (Belladonna Series). Her poems have been published in Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing 2016, The Poetry Project Online, Pre) Conceivable Bridges, American Poetry Review, Resist Much/Obey Little, The Hat, and on a digital album with Drew Gardner’s Poetics Orchestra. She participated in the Renga for Obama project, The Broadside Series at Center for Book Arts, Words and Music at Word Up Bookshop, and as a writer-in-residence with Melted Away’s American Dream installation at Transformer Station, Cleveland. She composed the opera Dusky Alice, the musical Sit-In at the Five & Dime (words by Marjorie Duffield), the musical Langston & Zora (book and lyrics by Charles. E. Drew, Jr.), and the musical Lil Budda (text by Stephanie L. Jones), which was presented at the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theater Conference and in the National Alliance for Musical Theater Festival of New Works. She is a cofounder of both The Dark Room Collective and absolute theater co. As a pianist-vocalist, she records and performs with her band Janice Lowe & NAMAROON.