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Janet Sarbanes

Faculty, Creative Writing Program

Faculty, Aesthetics & Politics


Phone: 661.255.1050 x2249

Fax: 661.255.0177

Room: E132

Teaching Areas: Narrative Theory; Cultural Studies; Fiction; Critical Theory; Arts Writing

Janet Sarbanes
is the author of the short story collections Army of One and The Protester Has Been Released. Recent short fiction appears in Black Clock, P-Queue, Entropy and North Dakota Quarterly. Sarbanes has published art criticism and other critical writing in museum catalogues, anthologies, and journals such as East of Borneo, Afterall, Journal of Utopian Studies and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program and the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program at CalArts.


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

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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