The UCSC Literature Department and Creative Writing Program Present: LIVING WRITERS SERIES SPRING 2022: CELEBRANT: SOUND ACTIONS showcases interdisciplinary writers who deeply engage in various sonic forms, whether the libretto and the operatic, sound and visual art, acoustic music and songwriting, or embodied meditations to explore the possibilities in being attentive to sound, as action and celebrant through writing. This hybrid series features an array of writers and artists who work across several modes (text, multi-media, meditation, and performance) exploring what happens between sound and/as verbal language, rendering its effects and configurations through poetry, prose, and sound inspired and activated interdisciplinary writing practices.
Sponsored by The Puknat Literary Endowment, The Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund, The Laurie Sain Endowment, The Humanities Institute, and Bookshop Santa Cruz.
Thursdays at 5:20pm in the Humanities Lecture Hall. The public is invited to join April 14th, April 28th, and May 12th events on Zoom
April 14th: Janice A. Lowe
Virtual Reading on Zoom, register here
Janice A. Lowe is a composer and poet. Her musical LIL BUDDA, text by Stephanie L. Jones, was presented by the NAMT Festival of New Musicals and the O'Neill Musical Theater Conference. Lowe’s music-poetry works have been performed with ensembles and collaborations at The Poetry Project, Bop Stop, Jazz Festival Berlin, University of Cambridge and the Arts for Art Peace & Justice Celebration. She composed music for the plays DOOR OF NO RETURN by Nehassaiu DeGannes (Shakespeare & Co.) and Jenni Lamb’s 12th & CLAIRMOUNT (Stage West-Chicago.) Lowe has performed with bands including Anne Waldman & Fast Speaking Music, Digital Diaspora and Julie Ezelle Patton’s Rock, Paper, Twister. She composed musical settings for the McKoy Twins section of Tyehimba Jess’s OLIO, (joint Creative Capital award.) She is also the composer of LEAVING CLE SONGS, a song cycle based on her debut poetry collection. Lowe’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing, Interim Poetics, and Solidarity Texts: Radiant Re-Sisters. Lowe was a co-founding member of The Dark Room Collective. She performs and records with her ensemble, NAMAROON. Her work has been recognized by The Rauschenberg Foundation and City Artists Corps. http://www.janicelowe.com/