Born in Toronto, J. Mae Barizo is the author of The Cumulus Effect.  A prize-winning poet, critic and performer, recent work appears in Poetry, AGNI, Bookforum, Boston Review, Hyperallergic and Los Angeles Review of Books.  She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Bennington College, the New School, the Jerome Foundation and Poets House.   Phillip Lopate wrote that Barizo's "exquisite poems display throughout a mastery of poetic form and a thoroughly professional command of surface and tone.  It is clear we are in the hands ofa highly cultivated, intelligent writer."

A classically-trained musician and a champion of cross-genre work, J. Mae has performed sound/text collaborations with musicians from The National, Bon Iver, and the American String Quartet. As a musician she has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West and Pharrell, among others. She is visiting faculty at the New School and Pratt School of Architecture and lives in New York City.