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Author publishes another book, becomes juried at S.C. Artisans Center

An Orangeburg woman and author have written a new book of poetry that is based on women who are monsters. The book is available at the SC Artisans Center in Walterboro.

An Orangeburg artist and author have taken a social media question about monsters and turned it into a new publication that is being featured at S.C. Artisans Center.
The book – “My Women, My Monsters” – is available for purchase at S.C. Artisans Center, with the Artisans Center being the only site in the state to sell signed copies of the book. The book itself is published by Finishing Line Press.
“My Women, My Monsters” is written by Janet Kozachek, who is a now juried artist at S.C. Artisans Center. The statewide Artisans Center is the official folk art retail center for South Carolina and is located near downtown Walterboro. Kozachek became a juried artist at the center last week: to become a juried artist, an artist must apply and then his/her artwork judged by a panel of artists from across the region.
Kozachek also has another published book entitled, “The Book of Marvelous Cats.”
Living in Orangeburg, she is a freelance writer and author, who also holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing and Painting from Parsons School in New York, where she also studied poetry. She taught art during the summers at Common Ground on the Hill program, in Maryland. She also holds a Certificate of Graduate Study in Chinese Art from Beijing Central Art Academy in the People’s Republic of China, and her undergrad degree is in Art and Biology from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
“It’s been rich,” she said, of her biography and her experiences in researching her latest book. As for her book, she said the book was inspired by a “challenge question” on social media. “It was really rather intriguing, and had depth beyond the usual question.”
“The question was, ‘Why do we not have images of female monsters in American culture?’”
“If we don’t have a sufficient number of American monsters, I’ll create some,” she said with a laugh. “They became archetypes of people I have known, and even focused on myself.”
The book took her about 10 years to complete. She wrote the book while working on various other projects at the same time, she said.
During her research for the book and the writing of the book, she became familiar with many “monsters” and goddesses in worldwide cultures. Her favorite amongst these are the Guenall Lioness Tattooed Hands and The Duchess of Lists, she said.
“This book is like going into a rabbit hole of cultures from across the world, about the monsters that exist and the mostly male-dominated roles behind them,” she said.
“My Women, My Monsters” can be ordered, with the copies ready to shop on Feb. 7th of 2020, she said. “The Book of Marvelous Cats” is currently available at S.C. Artisans Center.

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