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 Hard West Turn (Bad Quarto); The Truelist (Counterpath); Autopia (Troll Thread); with collaborators, 2x6 (Les Figues); 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, 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. Montfort is professor of digital media at MIT and also teaches at the School for Poetic Computation. He lives in New York and Boston.