Born in Toronto to Filipino immigrants, J. Mae Barizo is the author of two books of poetry, The Cumulus Effect (Four Way Books, 2015) and Tender Machines (Tupelo Press, 2023). Her work has been anthologized in books published by W.W. Norton, Atelier Editions and Harvard University Press. As a librettist, she is the inaugural recipient of Opera America's IDEA residency; her opera on migration and climate change, DRIFT, is in development at the National Opera Center. She is also the recipient of fellowships and awards from Bennington College, Mellon Foundation, Critical Minded, Jerome Foundation and Poets House. Recent writing appears in Poetry, Ploughshares, Esquire, Los Angeles Review of Books, Paris Review Daily, Boston Review, BookForum, among others. She is on the board of Kundiman, an organization supporting writers and readers from the Asian diaspora. She teaches at The New School and lives in New York City.