MFA Writing Program Visiting Artist Series: Janice Lee
CalArts, Butler Building 4
CRITICAL STUDIES: Janice Lee is a writer, artist, editor, designer, curator, and scholar interested in the relationships between metaphors of consciousness and experimental narrative. Her work can be found in antennae, sidebrow, Action Yes, Joyland, Luvina, Everday Genius, elimae, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of two highly acclaimed novels: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Publishing, 2012), a multidisciplinary exploration of cyborgs, brains, and the stakes of consciousness; and Daughter (Jaded Ibis, May 2011). She also has several chapbooks: Red Trees, The Chronovisor Project (a collaboration with Laura Vena), Fried Chicken Dinner (Parrot/Insert Press, August 2012), and The Other Worlds (Eohippus Labs, June 2012). She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is Co-Editor of the online journal [out of nothing], Co-Founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization Strophe, Reviews Editor at HTMLGIANT, and Founder/CEO of POTG Design. Most recently, she was selected by John D’Agata as Black Warrior Review‘s Nonfiction Grand Prize Winner and she currently teaches at CalArts. When asked about whether her work contains a message for readers, Janice replied, "What really interests me is what happens when someone reads a text, and not just any text, but one that really affects them, changes them somehow. I’m interested in these changes, both conceptually speaking, but also physically, how these changes get manifested neurologically. I’m interested in introspection and the construction of a phenomenological self-model during reading, and in narrativization versus narrative."