Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the L.A. Weekly, and a contributor to Flaunt, Artillery, and other culture publications. She studied Art History at Vassar College, curates and juries exhibitions, writes prolifically for exhibition catalogs and monographic publications, and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She is the recipient of the 2022 Mozaik Future Art Writers Prize, the 2022 Rabkin Prize for Art Criticism, and the LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Critic of the Year award for 2022.


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ZEN PSYCHOSIS is my debut NOVEL, out now in hardcover. It is a work of oneiric fiction, a novel culled from dreams, a surrealist memoir based on dream journals. Written by Shana Nys Dambrot. Pinhole photography by Osceola Refetoff.

Released January 2020 by Griffith Moon Publishing.

Follow us on IG @zenpsychosis for news, readings, signings, events, and more.

L.A. WEEKLY ARTS EDITOR (author page)



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