Our next Letter in the Mail comes from author, editor, and publisher Janice Lee! Janice sends us a contemplative letter about birds, inherited trauma, and ways to find hope amid violence and pain.
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Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, publisher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 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 (The Operating System, 2021), and Separation Anxiety (CLASH Books, 2022). She writes about interspecies communication, plants, and personhood, the filmic long take, slowness, the apocalypse, architectural spaces, inherited trauma, and the concept of han in Korean culture, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is founder and executive editor of Entropy, co-publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, contributing editor at Fanzine, 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. She can be found online at http://janicel.com.