Nick MontfortProfessor of Digital Mediaat MIT
Professor of Digital Media
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Nick Montfort is a poet who studies many types of creative computing. His poems range from very small Commodore 64 BASIC and assembly programs to computer-generated books. His practices involve constrained writing, collaboration, concrete poetry, and certain other conceptualisms. His computer-generated books include Golem (New Sight) and The Truelist and #! (Counterpath). His more than fifty digital projects include The Deletionist (with Amaranth Borsuk and Jesper Juul), Sea and Spar Between (with Stephanie Strickland), and Taroko Gorge.
As a scholar, Montfort studies electronic literature and helped establish platform studies and critical code studies. He edits the MIT Press Platform Studies series with Ian Bogost and, with Bogost, co-write the first book in that series, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System. He organized and co-wrote, with nine others, the book 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. With Noah Wardrip-Fruin, he co-edited The New Media Reader. His single-authored academic books are The Future, Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities (now in a second, open acccess edition), and Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction; all are MIT Press.
Montfort edits the Counterpath series of computer-generated books Using Electricity. He runs a micropress, Bad Quarto, which produces publications ranging from letterpress cards to digital book objects. He is an MC and a member of the Society of Spoken Art. Montfort is professor of digital media at MIT. He lives in New York City.