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Janet Sarbanes

Faculty, Creative Writing Program Chair


Phone: 661.255.1050 x2249

Fax: 661.255.0177

Room: E132

Teaching Areas: Narrative Theory; Cultural Studies; Fiction

Janet Sarbanes
is the author of the short story collection Army of One, and has published fiction and scholarly writing in journals such as Black Clock, Luvina, Zyzzyva, Afterall, East of Borneo, Journal of American Woman Writers, Utopian Studies and Popular Music and Society, as well as various anthologies and artist monographs. Her current project is a study of art and music in utopian, subcultural and countercultural settings, entitled Another Time, Another Space: The Role of Aesthetic Practice in Alternative Social Formations. A related journal article, “The Shaker ‘Gift’: Charisma, Aesthetic Practice and Utopian Communalism,” was awarded the Battisti Prize by the Society of Utopian Studies. Her chapter on radical pedagogy in the early history of CalArts will appear this summer in East of Borneo in two installments. Janet presently serves as Chair of the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program and on the board of Les Figues Press. 


  •  Review of Army of One in The LA Weekly
  • “Homesick for the World,” image/text collaboration with Susan Simpson, on Viralnet

Recent Publications

"Interview With Lisa Bieberman" (fictional), Black Clock 15, 2012.

"A School Based on What Artists Wanted to Do: Alison Knowles on CalArts," East of Borneo, 2012.

"Review of The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth Century Mother's Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, the Shakers and Her Times," in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, forthcoming.

Praise for Janet Sarbanes’ Army of One

As far as story structure goes, Sarbanes has some kind of mad PowerPoint jones. In the wrong hands, that could be a disaster — like some postmodern trick gone awry — but Sarbanes is a writer of great precision; each discrete chunk of prose is like a little seismic event. – Marc Weingarten, LA Weekly

Stingingly funny fiction debut . . . This reader can’t shake a feeling … both silly and dead-serious, noble and self-incriminating, a mirage or Rorschach blot that shimmers beyond all manner of spirit-killing convention, and which Sarbanes gets at, story after story, from oblique and totally original angles. – Rachel Kushner, BOMB Magazine

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