Composer and poet Janice A. Lowe is a co-founder of the Dark Room Collective. Her collection, Leaving CLE: poems of nomadic dispersal (Miami University Press, 2016) moves from Cleveland to New York City to Tuscaloosa’s “schoolhouse door” and back. She is also the author of the chapbook SWAM (Belladonna Series). Her poems have been published in Callaloo, American Poetry Review, In the Tradition, and The Hat; they have also appeared on a digital album with Drew Gardner’s Poetics Orchestra. Her essays have appeared in Sing the Sun Up and The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook.
Lowe earned an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from New York University. She was a writer-in-residence with Melted Away’s The American Dream Project. A Jonathan Larson Dramatists Guild Fellow, she is the composer of five full-length musicals and over 200 songs for theater/musical theater/opera, which have been performed extensively in New York City and regionally. Her love of setting all manner of text to music has resulted in collaborations with writers Tyehimba Jess, Nehassaiu deGannes, Jenni Lamb, and others. As a pianist-vocalist, she has performed with The Jones Twins and with the experimental bands: w/o a net, HAGL, and Digital Diaspora.
Lowe teaches youth songwriting workshops and has taught poetry and performance at Purchase College and at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program.