Jane LeCroy

janeheadshot_8-13Jane LeCroy is a poet, performance artist, and educator. Jane graduated from Eugene Lang College of The New School University, after studying with poets and educators such as Sekou Sundiata, Kurtis Lamkin, Indran Amirthanagayam, Christian McEwen, Jane Lazarre, Mark Statman, Greg Tewksbury, and Nancy Barnes. Since 1997, Jane has been publishing student work and teaching writing, literature, and performance to all ages through the artist-in-the-schools organizations Teachers & Writers Collaborative, DreamYard, and Global Writes. She also does literacy advocacy through Read To Me. Jane teaches poetry as adjunct faculty at NYC colleges and she taught writing and literature to home-school groups.

Jane performs regularly in New York City and tours the United States performing at colleges, bookstores, libraries, and other venues. She has performed as part of the Life Ensemble with such jazz greats as Andy Bempky, Arnie Lawrence, Reggie Workman, and Steve Neil. Jane has held performance residencies in New York City at Bowery Poetry Club, Goodbye Blue-Monday, The Internet Cafe, and Pianos; and in New Jersey at Liberty Science Center. She has performed at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Ohiofest, Chicagofest, CMJ, Fringe Festival, New York JUMP! festivals, and Michigan’s Womyn’s Music Festival. Jane featured in prestigious reading series such as Walt Whitman’s birthplace, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, RADAR at the San Francisco Public Library, Mike Geffner’s Inspired Word, William Electric Blacks’ Poetry Electric, and David the Werdsman’s Art of Conversation. Jane was part of the electronica project Somnaut with David Last, the rock band Spook Engine, and the emo-core band Vitapup.  She’s performed as part of San Francisco’s women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit, and Kid Lucky’s hip-hop a capella spoken-word, beat-boxing orchestra, Nu Voices. Currently she fronts the avant-pop band TRANSMITTING, featuring multi-instrumentalists Tom Abbs and David Rogers-Berry.

Jane has published her poetry, stories, songs, and articles about teaching writing in Hanging Loose, Maintenant, MudfishFast Folk Magazine, Frank 151, Hootenanny, Tragic Book, and Teachers & Writers Magazine; and in Great Weather for Media and Equinox anthologies. Names, a collection of poetry, was published by Booklyn (2007) as part of the award-winning ABC chapbook series that was purchased by The Library of Congress, along with Jane’s braid! Signature Play, Jane’s multimedia book from Three Rooms Press (2013), features her lyric poems, musical scores, visual art, and access to audio files.

Other publications include:

  • Nat Black Came Back (fiction, Artichoke Yink Press)
  • Maybe Your Tongue is a Fish (99 poems and 11paintings)
  • Drive by Mind Reader (poems)
  • The Camel (illustrated poem and recording, Plasma Lab)
  • Deep Pocket (47 poems)
  • Treasure of Love (22 cross-out poems, Artichoke Yink Press)

Some of her recordings are:

  • “Dark & Full of Life,” TRANSMITTING
  • “From the Inside,” TRANSMITTING
  • “Live @ Den of Cin,” TRANSMITTING
  • “Transmitting,” TRANSMITTING (Regolith Music)
  • “SISTER SPIT’s Great Spits,” SISTER SPIT (KRS Records)
  • “Element,” a 10-year retrospective (Regolith Music)
  • “Vast Unknowns without Terror,” Somnaut (Regolith Music)
  • “5/99,” Somnaut
  • “Alone with Jane in Different Places,” solo (Regolith Music)
  • “The Bubblemen,” story with Bradford Reed (Horen Records, released only in Japan)
  • “Guilty,” solo 7-inch vinyl record (Bloodlink Records)
  • “Spook Engine,” Spook Engine (Bloodlink Records)
  • “The Plans,” Spook Engine & John S. Hall (Bloodlink Records)
  • “An Hour with Vitapup” (Plump Records)