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Janice Lee (she/her) is a Korean-American writer, editor, teacher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 7 books of fiction, creative nonfiction & poetry: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), Imagine a Death (Texas Review Press, 2021), and Separation Anxiety (CLASH Books, 2022). A roundtable, unanimous dreamers chime in, a collaborative novel co-authored with Brenda Iijima, is also forthcoming in 2022 from Meekling Press. An essay (co-authored with Jared Woodland) is featured in the recently released 4K restoration of Sátántangó (dir. Béla Tarr) from Arbelos Films. 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, she teaches workshops on inherited trauma, healing, and writing, and practices in several lineages, including the Q’ero, Buddhism, plant & animal medicine, and Korean shamanic ritual (Muism). She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She currently lives in Portland, OR where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.

Long bio:

Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, publisher, scholar, teacher, and shamanic healer. 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? 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), an experimental novel, Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), a book-length meditation and ekphrasis on the films of Hungarian director Béla Tarr, Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), a lyrical essay reflecting on the death of Lee’s mother, The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), a collection of travel essays inspired by Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, Imagine a Death (Texas Review Press, 2021), a novel about inherited trauma, the apocalypse, and interspecies communication, and Separation Anxiety (CLASH Books, 2022), her first full-length poetry collection. A roundtable, unanimous dreamers chime in, a collaborative novel co-authored with Brenda Iijima, is forthcoming in 2022 from Meekling Press. She also has several chapbooks Red Trees, Fried Chicken Dinner (Insert Blanc Press), The Other Worlds (eohippus labs), and The Transparent As Witness (Solar Luxuriance), a collaboration with Will Alexander. She edited the pamphlets Inherited Trauma and Entanglement and Being for the eohippus labs annex series. She is currently working on several collaborations including a critical book on Béla Tarr’s 7-hour film Sátántangó with Jared Woodland. Their essay “How to Watch Sátántangó” is featured in the recently released 4K restoration of Sátántangó (dir. Béla Tarr) from Arbelos Films. She has presented scholarly papers on topics such as consciousness studies, psychology, theoretical neuroscience, hybrid poetics, experimental narrative, collaboration, publishing, interactive literature, and interspecies communication at various conferences internationally. She was selected by John D’Agata as Black Warrior Review‘s 2011 Nonfiction Grand Prize Winner. 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. She is currently Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Founder and Executive Editor of Entropy, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. In the recent past, she helped develop a new program called Codetalk (a program that teaches web development to low-income women housed at St. Joseph Center and funded by Snapchat), with Maggie Nelson launched SUBLEVEL (a new online literary magazine based in the CalArts MFA Writing Program), and was CEO/Founder of POTG Design (a web design & development company that specialized in web design for creative individuals and organizations). She has also recently taught at CalArts, UC San Diego, and Pitzer College. Incorporating shamanic and energetic healing, Lee teaches workshops on inherited trauma, healing, and writing (mainly through Corporeal Writing), and practices in several lineages, including the Q’ero of the Peruvian Andes, Buddhism (especially in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village), plant & animal medicine, and Korean shamanic ritual (Muism). She currently lives in Portland, OR where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.

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