Program Faculty

Janet Sarbanes

Janet Sarbanes

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

Janet Sarbanes (Ph.D. UCLA English, B.A. Princeton Comparative Literature) is the author of the short story collections Army of One and The Protester Has Been Released. Her book of essays, Letters on the Autonomy Project, is forthcoming from Punctum Books in 2022. The 2017 recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol art writer’s grant, Sarbanes has published art criticism and other critical writing in museum catalogues, anthologies, and journals including East of Borneo, Afterall, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her essay on Shaker aesthetics and utopian communalism received the Eugenio Battisti prize from the Society for Utopian Studies. In addition to offering BFA classes, she teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program and the MA Aesthetics and Politics.


  • Army of One, stories, Otis Press 2008.
  • People of the Pancake (children's book), Co-op Books, 2014.
  • The Protester Has Been Released, stories, C & R Press 2017.
  • Letters on the Autonomy Project, Punctum Books, 2022.