J. Mae Barizo is an author, musician and multidisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of poetics, performance and decoloniality. Barizo holds an MA in performance from Mannes School of Music and an MFA from Bennington College. The author of two books, The Cumulus Effect and Tender Machines, her work, which often navigates links between geography and memory, has been anthologized by W.W. Norton, Atelier Editions and Harvard University Press. She is the inaugural recipient of Opera America’s IDEA residency, given to artists who have the potential to shape the future of opera. This season she will premier works at Long Beach Opera and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. DRIFT, a climate opera written with composer Alyssa Weinberg, is in development at National Opera Center in New York. A classically-trained musician and a champion of cross-genre work, she has collaborated with artists such as Beyoncé, John Legend, Mark Morris, and the American String Quartet. She has taught writing and transdisciplinary studies at Pratt Institute, Eugene Lang College and Parsons School of Design and is currently on the MFA faculty at The New School.