JANICE LEE is a Korean American writer, teacher, spiritual scholar, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 7 books of fiction, creative nonfiction, & poetry, most recently Imagine a Death
(Texas Review Press, 2021) and Separation Anxiety
(CLASH Books, 2022), a finalist for the 2023 Oregon Book Award.
She writes about interspecies communication, plants & personhood, the filmic long take, slowness, the apocalypse, architectural spaces, inherited trauma, and the Korean concept of han
, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy?
Incorporating shamanic and energetic healing, Lee teaches workshops on inherited trauma, healing, and writing. She is a mesa-carrying practitioner of the Q'ero tradition of medicine work and a practitioner of Zen Buddhism in the tradition of Plum Village and Thich Nhat Hanh. She also incorporates elements of ancestral healing work, Korean shamanic ritual, plant medicine, card readings and divination, and interspecies communication.
She currently lives in Portland, OR where she is the Operational Creative Director at Corporeal Writing and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.