Janice A. Lowe is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and poet who creates solo and collaborative music–text hybrids. She is the author and composer of Leaving CLE: poems of nomadic dispersal and composer-librettist of the chamber opera Dusky Alice. Her compositions for musical theater include Lil Budda, text by Stephanie L. Jones, which was presented at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Music Theater Conference and at theNational Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals; This Esther, book and lyrics by Charles E. Drew Jr.; and Sit-In at the Five & Dime, words by Marjorie Duffield. She has composed music for plays, including 12th and Clairmount by Jenni Lamb, Chiron’s Homegurl Healer Howls by Liza Jessie Peterson, and Door of No Returnby Nehassaiu deGannes. Lowe tours and records with her band NAMAROON.