do not trust incomplete essays about asemic writing

To critics, asemic writers, essayists, curators, journalists and all the people dealing with the *recent* history of asemic writing:

DO NOT trust incomplete essays, poor bibliographies and books or –generally speaking– texts improvised by authors who pretend to make important & complete/vast surveys while they actually do not mention important web pages, mag articles, projects, personal and collective exhibits, blogs and groups which have been flourishing everywhere in the recent –say– two decades.

I find an astonishing lack of data in –poorly written– Italian essays I’ve recently read (on line and in books), so I want to strongly point out there’s no space for amateurishness, narcissism and ignorance when talkig about the work of thousands of authors. One cannot mention them all, yes. But it’s impossible to forget some basic elements and fundamental sites and texts.

It’s not possible to ignore Jim Leftwich’s thousand pages about asemics, the work of Peter Ganick, Miron Tee, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Karri Kokko, Rosaire Appel, Lina Stern, Riccardo Cavallo, Roberto Cavallera, Marc van Elburg, Valeri Scherstjanoi, Jay Snodgrass, Miriam Midley, Bruno Neiva, Jeff Hansen, Orchid Tierney, and a bunch of other artists, or Tim Gaze’s Asemic Editions ( or Avance Publishing (, or DeVillo Sloan’s work (at IUOMA etc) and with, or Cecil Touchon’s sites and, or Michael Jacobson’s, or the AsemicNet founded in 2011 by me and others, (& related link pages), or, or the asemic googlegroup!forum/asemic, or the Mycelium samizdat (first of all:, or Gleb Kolomiets’ “Slova”, or Mark Young’s “Otoliths”, or Timglaset, Utsanga, or the most important facebook group of asemic writing, The New Postliterate,, and many others, e.g. Arte Asemica (, Asemic Reading (, Asemic New Babylon (, Extreme Writing Community (, Writing Against Itself (, founded by Jim Leftwich), or Quimby Melton’s site SCRIPTjr,, or the items one can found perusing tags & categories here and there, e.g. in,,,, or the amount of vids one can find in YouTube or Vimeo, or the tons of interviews hosted on line. Or lots of tumblr blogs, the findings at Pinterest, or the images and infos Twitter spreads every day.

Not to mention the bibliography on paper (Asemic Magazine first: …take a look at and

Well… Yes: the steps of an asemic path can be traced back to the first years of the 20th century. It will be a hard job. Years of hard study.

But one can of course focus on the new authors and mags only, and still face an impressive amount of documents, on line stuff, archives.

Do not tolerate people who (deliberately) ignore them.

This is what I wanted to say. Plain and simple.

otoliths, issue #55

Issue fifty-five of Otoliths, the southern spring issue, has gone live.

 This issue is dedicated to three greatly valued contributors — Keith Kumasen Abbott, Steve Dalachinsky, & Bill DiMichele — who all passed away during the past three months.

 It has a cover by Mary Ellen Derwis, & contains a wide variety of prose, poetry, & visuals, that often overlap, from Lynn Strongin, Guy R. Beining, Alisa Velaj, Kristian Patruno, David Lohrey, Mary Kasimor, Miro Sandev, Ayşegül Tözeren, Sanjeev Sethi, Jürgen O. Olbric, Flora Michèle Marin, Xe M. Sánchez, Jim Leftwich, Stuart Wheatley & Texas Fontanella, Erik Fuhrer, Mario José Cervantes, Seth Howard, harry k. stammer, József Bíró, Jim Meirose, Keith Walker, Simón Ibarra, Pete Spence, Diana Magallón, J. D. Nelson, Kristin Garth, Steve Dalachinsky, John M. Bennett, Diane Keys, andrew topel, Yoko Danno & James C. Hopkins, Peter J. King & Jude Cowan Montague, Lael Gold, Daniel de Culla, dan raphael, David Baptiste Chirot, Fabrice B. Poussin, Karl Kempton, Joe Balaz, Howie Good, Piet Nieuwland, Cleo Henry, Craig Cotter, Jesse Glass, Kenneth Rexroth, Cecelia Chapman, David Greaves, Vera Constantineau, C. Mehrl Bennett, Ben Egerton, Hao Wang, David Hawkins, Kit Kennedy, Sean Bolton, Martin Edmond, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Karen Downs-Barton, Tom Beckett, hiromi suzuki, Keith Higginbotham, Bruno Neiva, Elmedin Kadric, Vernon Frazer, Jeff Bagato, Joseph Buehler, Olivier Schopfer, AG Davis, Kyle Hemmings, d’Ores&Deja, Dave Read, Clara B. Jones, Simon Perchik, David J Kelly, Thomas Fink, Maya D. Mason, Paul Ilechko, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Charles Wilkinson, Maria Brito, Pam Brown, Richard Lopez, Keith Nunes, Giuseppe Calandriello, John Vieira, Sheila E. Murphy, Michael Gould, M.J. Iuppa, Tim Wright, bofa xesjum, Penelope Weiss, Anna Menozzi translated by John Martone, Mark Staniforth, David Greenslade, Bob Heman, Michael O’Brien, Tony Beyer, Laurie Duggan, Steve Gilmartin, Jeff Harrison, Jen Schneider, John Phillips, Carol Stetser, Eric Hoffman, Joshua Smith, Michael Brandonisio, Laura Winter, Richard Kostelanetz, Ptr Kozlowski, Marilyn Stablein, Taofeek Ayeyemi, Anna Cates, Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo, Cameron Lowe, Joyce Parkes, Ashlee-Ann Sneller, John Levy, Cherie Hunter Day, Katrinka Moore, & nick-e melville.  


stasera: doppia coppia, incontro #3, allo studio campo boario

> Roma, viale del Campo Boario 4a <

* n.b.: chi lo desidera può scaricare e leggere, in relazione a una parte del discorso che oggi si affronterà, questo file: ASEMIC_ in l’immaginazione n. 274 (mar.-apr. 2013)


otoliths #54 is now live

Issue fifty-four of Otoliths, the southern winter 2019 issue is now live.

It features Karl Kempton’s discourses 5 & 6, alongside text, visual, & work from Edward Kulemin, Tom Montag, Elaine Woo, DS Maolalaí, Lynn Strongin, Eric Hoffman, Irene Koronas, Doug Bolling, C.R.E. Wells, Owen Bullock, Daniel Y. Harris, Pete Spence, Sanjeev Sethi, Judith Roitman, Steve Dalachinsky, J. D. Nelson, Diane Keys, Rich Murphy, Norman Abjorensen, Kevin Tosca, Kyle Hemmings, John Greiner, Steve Kirby, Jim Leftwich, Pat Nolan, Scott Helmes, Thomas Fink, Heath Brougher, Michael Orr, Olchar Lindsann, Volodymyr Bilyk, Jim Meirose, Caleb Puckett, hiromi suzuki, Reuben Woolley, Mary Kasimor, Mark DeCarteret, Jonel Abellanosa, AG Davis, Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo, J. Crouse, Glenn Ingersoll, Daniel de Culla, Richard Kostelanetz, Michael J Leach, John Martone, Sophie Finlay & Matthew Hall, Sheila E. Murphy, John M. Bennett, Erik Fuhrer, Janna Grace, B. T. Joy, Drew B. David, Anne Gorrick, Márton Koppány, Ricky Garni, Thomas M. Cassidy, Rachel Cunniffe, David Baptiste Chirot, Linda M. Walker, Joel Chace, Joseph Buehler, Toby Fitch, Yoko Danno, Hugh Tribbey, Olivier Schopfer, Jeff Miller, Elmedic Kadric, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, M.J. Iuppa, Colin Stewart Jones, Brendan Slater, Natsuko Hirata, Joe Balaz, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Kellyn Elson, Robert Beveridge, Aidan Coleman, Javant Biarujia, Tony Beyer, Keith Higginbotham, Andrew Topel, Joseph Harrington, Clara B. Jones, Nick Nelson, Kristin Garth, Judith Skillman, Andrew Taylor, Jim George, Jeff Harrison, Jeff Bagato, Daniel f. Bradley, Texas Fontanella & Stuart Wheatley, Penelope Weiss, Dave Read, Keith Nunes, Anna Cates, Sacha Archer, Douglas Barbour, John Levy, Marilyn Stablein, M. C. Rush, Cecelia Chapman & Jeff Crouch, gobscure, Tim Wright, Jen Schneider, William Repass, Ian Gibbins, Jill Jones, Marcia Arrieta, Gian Luigi Braggio, Holly Day, Mary Ellen Derwis, Tim Pilgrim, John McCluskey, Les Wicks, R. Keith, Michael Brandonisio, Tom Beckett, Bob Heman, Ella Skilbeck-Porter, John Pursch, Jesse Glass, Kristian Patruno, Martin Stannard, & Demosthenes Agrafiotis.