Thursday, June 6, 2019

The proof copy of The Cecil Touchon Asemic Reader just arrived from the printer today! Post-Asemic Press #009

The proof copy of The Cecil Touchon Asemic Reader just arrived from the printer today! Expect the book to come out in August 2019. We are just waiting on a few more blurbs and then everything will be set to go.  The Cecil Touchon Asemic Reader collects asemic calligraphy and collages by Touchon going back all the way to the 1970s. The price for the book will be $25.00 because the book is in full color. Color printing costs more but the effect is well worth it. The book also has a great introduction penned by poet and physicist Federico Federici.
Here is a blurb about The Cecil Touchon Asemic Reader written by Peter Schwenger

"A torrent of creative dynamism, The Cecil Touchon Asemic Reader comes at you in three waves: asemic overwriting of print, usually on antique pages; the elegant typographic collages for which Touchon is best known; and layered linear screens that seem to exist in a receding space. Through these variations, the book challenges us to rethink in depth our conceptions of surface, a thinking accompanied by wordless pleasure."

Peter Schwenger, author of Asemic: The Art Of Writing

Here is Cecil's website:

Here are some sample pages from the book:


Cecil Touchon

Cecil Touchon Born 1956 Austin, Texas is a contemporary American collage artist, painter, published poet and theorist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Co-founder of the International Post-Dogmatist Group, Touchon is director of the group's Ontological Museum, Founder of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction and founder of the International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Having some Fun with the Post-Asemic Press Logo!

Click here for more information about Post-Asemic Press, a publisher of asemic writing and beyond! 2 recent titles from the press are FALSE FICTION FRACTURED FACT ALTERED by Marilyn R. Rosenberg, and Codex Abyssus by Volodymyr Bilyk. Be sure to keep an eye out for The Cecil Touchon Asemic Reader, the first PAP title to be published in full color. TCTAR collects Touchon's asemic writing and collages going all the way back to the 1970s.  Look for it to drop in August of 2019.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

All Post-Asemic Press Books are Now Available in the Shop at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

All the new editions of PAP books are now available at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. MCBA also does shipping for those who wish to purchase the books from someplace other than Amazon or from an actual book store.

Shop Hours
Monday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Tuesday open late: 9:30am to 9pm
Wednesday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Friday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Sunday: 12 noon to 4pm

Phone: 612-215-2520
Fax: 612-215-2545

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is located on the first floor of the Open Book building:


1011 Washington Avenue S., Suite 100
Minneapolis MN 55415

Monday, May 6, 2019

Recents Poems by Scott Helmes is now available from RedFoxPress | C'est Mon Dada #130

Scott Helmes sent me a copy of his new book Recents Poems, published by the cool Redfoxpress out of Ireland. It's a beautiful little book, hand made, and full of asemic script, both collaged and handwritten. The codex captures a wide range of Scott's non-verbal concretes, sonnets, and haiku, though some of the works do contain fragments of lettering. It's a book written in black & white, but works in color are featured on many of the pages, making for a wonderful exhibition of Scott's diverse artistry.
I have the good fortune of living in Minneapolis near Scott's art studio. And this fall of 2019, I will be publishing a book of his titled Magazine: The Cut-up Asemics, in an endless edition at Post-Asemic Press

A6 format (10.5x15 cm / 4 x 6") - 40 pages
cardboard cover, thread and quarter cloth binding
laser printing on ivory paper.
price: 15 euro / 20 US $ / 13 UK Sterling 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Asemic: The Art of Writing by Peter Schwenger | University Of Minnesota Press | Pre-order Now: Paperback – December 31, 2019

Asemic: The Art of Writing 
by Peter Schwenger

The first critical study of writing without language

"In recent years, asemic writing—writing without language—has exploded in popularity, with anthologies, a large-scale art exhibition, and flourishing interest on sites like tumblr, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. Yet this burgeoning, fascinating field has never received a dedicated critical study. Asemic fills that gap, proposing new ways of rethinking the nature of writing.

Pioneered in the work of creators such as Henri Michaux, Roland Barthes, and Cy Twombly, asemic writing consolidated as a movement in the 1990s. Author Peter Schwenger first covers these “asemic ancestors” before moving to current practitioners such as Michael Jacobson, Rosaire Appel, and Christopher Skinner, exploring how asemic writing has evolved and gained importance in the contemporary era.

Asemic includes intriguing revelations about the relation of asemic writing to Chinese characters, the possibility of asemic writing in nature, and explanations of how we can read without language. Written in a lively style, this book will engage scholars of contemporary art and literary theory, as well as anyone interested in what writing was and what it is now in the process of becoming."

— From the book description on Amazon

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (December 31, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1517906970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1517906979
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Price: Hardcover $95.00, Paperback $25.00
 Click here to pre-order Asemic: The Art of Writing

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Metalmatic by Michael Jacobson is up at AngelHousePress for National Poetry Month

Thanks to Amanda Earl for hosting my asemic piece Metalmatic. I created the piece about 2 years ago using a photo I took and then altering it on the computer, by adding an action figure and the asemic script.

Amanda is featuring a month entirely of asemic writing on her website AngelHousePress for She is exhibiting some great work by some fantastic asemic authors, with a new piece posted each day during the month of April 2019. The show will be up till February 2020. Here is the link:

Metalmatic is the April 11th, 2019 feature.  But be sure to check out the great work of other asemic scribes daily.

Thanks Amanda!