Calamari Archive


Calamari Archive is a Rome-based repository of literature, art + music. Calamari also hosts The Daily Noose "journihilism" blog + Sleepingfish—a lit mag that is sometimes in print, sometimes online + whose last issue was released as a cassette mixtape. Calamari's text, image, video + sound making + editing services are available thru the Info architeXture + d-Zine studIO.

Over the past 15+ years, Calamari Archive has put out 70+ book objects (including Sleepingfish + the acquired 3rd bed imprint). Some of these have been 1st books by emerging writers such as Peter Markus, Miranda Mellis, Robert Lopez, Blake Butler + Chiara Barzini, while others have been resurrected reprints of out-of-print cult classics by established writers such as David Ohle, Gary Lutz, Stanley Crawford + Scott Bradfield (making us more akin to a no-kill shelter than a press).

In 2014 the entity formerly known as Calamari Press released the pushy-sounding press from its name to become Calamari Archive, Ink. The word archive more accurately reflects our organizational ambitions, incorporated as such as a collective, as a curated collection. Calamari Archive also no longer publishes copyrighted works. This name change represents a philosophical schism, in response to a shifting publishing landscape—we will no longer aggressively promote + market books as consumer commodities within the competitive confines of a larger economic system, reducing them to products at the expense of their integrity as art objects.

As of 2017, Calamari Archive will only publish anonymous or pseudonymous works. In 2017 Calamari Archive ventured into the music space + has since released 3 albums.

Calamari Archive is not currently considering unsolicited submissions. However, consider our publishing services if you're an artist (textual, visual or musical) that wants to see their work come to fruition.