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janice_leeJanice Lee is a writer, artist, editor, designer, curator, and scholar. Interested especially in the relationships between metaphors of consciousness, theoretical neuroscience, and experimental narrative, her creative work draws upon a wide variety of sources. Her obsessive research patterns lead her to making connections between the realms of technology, consciousness studies, the paranormal & occult, biological anthropology, psychology, & literary theory. Her work can be found in sidebrow, Action, Yes, Joyland, Luvina, Everyday Genius, elimae, Black Warrior Review, Fanzine, Azalea, The Account, Tierra Adentro, The Feminist Wire, and elsewhere.

She is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), a multidisciplinary exploration of cyborgs, brains, and the stakes of consciousness; Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), a book-length meditation on the films of Béla Tarr, Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She also has several chapbooks Red Trees, Fried Chicken Dinner (Parrot/Insert Press, September 2012), The Other Worlds (Eohippus Labs, June 2012), and The Transparent As Witness (Solar Luxuriance, 2013), a collaboration with Will Alexander.

She is currently working on several collaborations: a critical book on Bela Tarr’s Satantango with Jared Woodland and an ekphrastic project about decapitations in films with Michael du Plessis. She has presented scholarly papers on topics such as consciousness studies, psychology, theoretical neuroscience, and experimental narrative at various conferences internationally. She holds a BA in Literature/Writing (with minors in Biological Anthropology & Film Studies) from UCSD and an MFA in Creative Writing/Critical Studies from CalArts and currently lives in Los Angeles where she is Editor of the #RECURRENT Novel Series, Assistant Editor at FANZINE, Executive Editor at Entropy, and Founder/CEO of POTG Design. She also curates the LA Literary Calendar (a calendar of literary events in Los Angeles) with Harold Abramowitz. Recently, she was selected by John D’Agata as Black Warrior Review‘s 2011 Nonfiction Grand Prize Winner and she currently teaches Graphic Texts & Interface Culture at CalArts. She also teaches web development to low-income women through a new program called Code Talk in Venice, CA.

“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.”


Research interests include consciousness studies, psychology, theoretical neuroscience, and metaphors of consciousness and religion. She is especially interested in the relationships between models of consciousness and narrative theory, as well as the role and consciousness of God in relation to neurotheology and mythology. Janice has presented papers on such subjects at various conferences internationally, including the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness in Canada, Encuentro de Jóvenes Escritores del Norte in Mexico, the Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Science and Nonduality Conference in San Rafael, CA and &NOW: A Conference of Innovative Writing & the Literary Arts in Buffalo, NY. {Selected Abstracts}

Most recently her obsessions have been revolving around the long take (with regards to film and narrative theory), the films of Bela Tarr (especially Satantango and Damnation), Laszlo Krasznahorkai ‘s novel Satantango, and theories on time.


Janice is currently teaching “Graphic Texts: Looking at Text and Image Combined, and “Interface Culture: Experimental Narrative in a Multimedia Age” at the California Institute of the Arts. She has recently taught writing workshops in Experimental Fiction and Short Fiction at UC San Diego and Creative Writing at Pitzer College.

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