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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 a writer and scholar living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the short story collection Army of One, and has published fiction and criticism in anthologies, artist monographs and numerous journals, including Black Clock, P-Queue, Entropy, Afterall, Popular Music and Society, Utopian Studies, Los Angeles Review of Books and East of Borneo. Her scholarly essay, "The Shaker ‘Gift’: Charisma, Aesthetic Practice and Utopian Communalism," was awarded the Battisti Prize by the Society of Utopian Studies. Recent art criticism appears in The End is Here, a monograph on the work of Jim Shaw, and the 2016 Made in LA Hammer Museum Biennial catalogue. She teaches in the MA Aesthetics and Politics and MFA Creative Writing programs 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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