Calamari Archive


Calamari Archive is a repository of literature, art and music. Since 2002, Calamari Archive has quietly published 75+ book and album objects (including Sleepingfish magazine and the acquired 3rd bed imprint). Some of these have been first books by emerging writers such as Peter Markus, Miranda Mellis, Robert Lopez, Blake Butler and 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 and 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. This name change represents a philosophical schism, in response to a shifting publishing landscape that aggressively markets works of art as consumer commodities, diminishing their integrity as art objects. Calamari Archive also no longer publishes copyrighted works, and we encourage posthumanistic and anon/pseudonymous works, with an emphasis more on the art itself than on the humans making it. This post provides a nuts and bolts account of how we operate.

The collective is organized by librarians Garielle Lutz (she/her) and anon I'm us (we/us).

Submissions are currently being considered for Sleepingfish 2020+ (≠ 404). Art, text, music, video, etc... anything that can be embedded on a webpage (the issue is being serialized online). Please familiarize yourself with the Calamari/Sleepingfish MO. Email submissions to sleepingfish2020+ (if larger than 10mb please send link to where it's posted).

Proposals for full-length books or albums are also being considered, as long as the project is in line with the Calamari aesthetic (submissions that don't reflect a familiarity with the press's mission will be ignored). Women and artists from diverse and marginalized backgrounds are strongly encouraged to send work. Email to: submission.