Thursday, March 21, 2013

foffof posts

These were previously posted on foffof:

Medley (2003)

Frameguage (2005)

Scriptoon (2010)

Typo (2010)


An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting from Uitgeverij

An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting
Edited by Tim Gaze and Michael Jacobson
Expected 2013
| 5,25" x 8"
Language: English
Price: 15,00 Euro
An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting is the first book-length publication to collect the work of a community of writers on the edges of illegibility. Asemic writing is a galaxy-sized style of writing, which is everywhere yet remains largely unknown. For human observers, asemic writing may appear as lightning from a storm, a crack in the sidewalk, or the tail of a comet. But despite these observations, asemic writing is not everything: it is just an essential component, a newborn supernova dropped from a calligrapher’s hand. Asemic writing is simultaneously communicating with the past and the future of writing, from the earliest undeciphered writing systems to the xenolinguistics of the stars; it follows a peregrination from the preliterate, beyond the verbal, finally ending in a postliterate condition in which visual language has superseded words. An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting is compiled and edited by Tim Gaze from Asemic magazine and Michael Jacobson from The New Post-Literate blog.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Small Notebook Improvisations

by Jefferson Hansen

inside constructions

itinerant folk

symbols on the line

u cld lk otherwise

intrepid demarcations


Jefferson Hansen is the author of the experimental novel ...and beefheart saved craig and the editor of He lives in Minneapolis and is the father of two daughters.

Monday, March 4, 2013

An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting: A Call For Works

An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting
Call for contributions

Publishing house Uitgeverij [] has commissioned Michael Jacobson and Tim Gaze to edit a volume titled An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting. This will be the first lengthy anthology of asemic writing ever to be published, covering a range from the distant past to the 21st century.

The editors are seeking submissions of asemic writing written, drawn, or painted by hand. For clarification of the term "asemic writing," please refer to:

Potential contributors are invited to send up to 3 unique asemic works to  along with a one paragraph bio. Previously published works are acceptable. Submissions may be sent in any file format (preferably PDF), in black &amp; white or grayscale, of minimum 300 dpi resolution, accompanied by a short biography. Contributions may include but are not limited to

  • Genuinely asemic script (new alphabets, new symbols, newly invented writing styles)
  • Illegible writing in conventional scripts
  • A range of techniques from calligraphy to casual handwriting/drawing

Contribution deadline will be June 1, 2013.

Uitgeverij is a small independent POD publishing house committed to publishing material from the edges of language, such as poetry, extinct, endangered or fictional languages, and critical reflection on language itself. All Uitgeverij books are published under a Creative Commons license, with all authors retaining full copyright on their work.
Although selected contributors to An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting cannot be paid for their respective contributions, they will all receive an author copy of the final publication.

We will keep all contributors up to date with progress on their submissions, and progress on this historically significant publication.

We look forward to seeing your work!

The Editors,
Michael Jacobson
Tim Gaze