Calamari Archive


Calamari Archive is a repository of literature, art + music that also publishes Life in the Blog of Ghosts + Sleepingfish magazine. 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 authors 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 art as consumer commodities within the competitive confines of larger economic or "social media" systems, reducing them to consumer products at the expense of their integrity as art objects. In other words, far as the rest of the world is concerned we cease to exist. We now produce art in a vacuum for ourselves + other posthumun entities, as a continued record of our Ǝxistence.

As of 2017, Calamari Archive will only publish anonymous or pseudonymous works + also ventured into the music space (w/ Sound ƒuries as the house band) + has since released 5 albums.

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**Submissions are now open for Sleepingfish 2020+ (≠ 404). Art, text, music, video, etc... anything that can be embedded on a webpage (the issue will be serialized online). Theme is "let sleeping fish lie," which can be interpreted however u want. Please familiarize yourself w/ the Calamari/Sleepingfish MO (for starters anon/ pseudonymous works only). Email submissions to sleepingfish2020+ (if larger than 10mb please send link to where it's posted).