Brainstorm Books


The local mechanisms of mind . . . are not all in the head. Cognition leaks out into body and world.     

~ Andy Clark, Supersizing the Mind

Literature and other fine arts have always cultivated the power of the imagination in shaping our experience of the world. Current developments in psychoanalysis, psychology, philosophy, and cognitive and neuroscience confirm the profound importance of expression and interpretation in forming the mind’s re-workings of its intersubjective, historical and planetary environments. Brainstorm Books seeks to publish cross-disciplinary work on the becomings of the extended and enactivist mind, especially as afforded by semiotic experience. Attending to the centrality of expression and impression to living process and to the ecologically-embedded situatedness of mind is at the heart of our enterprise. We seek to cultivate and curate writing that attends to the ways in which art and aesthetics are bound to, and enhance, our bodily, affective, cognitive, developmental, intersubjective, and transpersonal practices. And we believe that open-access publishing has a necessary role to play in the democratization of mental enrichment and wellness across the globe. New (as well as old) understandings of the mind should be accessible to all minds and fully attuned to the many varieties of lived experience.

Brainstorm Books is an imprint of punctum books (, an open-access press dedicated to creative modes of intellectual inquiry across multiple fields in the arts, humanities, and sciences, and is directed by the “Literature and the Mind” group at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a research and teaching concentration hosted within the Department of English and supported by affiliated faculty in Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, History, the Life Sciences, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and the Arts. We welcome traditional scholarly and scientific manuscripts, but also encourage creatively essayistic, historical and personal reflections on the study and experience of mindedness, as well as writing that cultivates its own artfulness. We are especially interested in “minigraphs”—manuscripts ranging from 80 to 120 pages that fall length-wise between the article and the monograph—and we will also consider essay volumes that substantially advance current controversies and new disciplinary configurations. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed. Brainstorm Books will be available as free downloadable PDFs and also as inexpensive paperbound print editions.

*See our new 3-year publishing initiative (2019-2021), RACING MINDS, on cross-disciplinary, intersectional race and mind studies, HERE.

Brainstorm Books is the brain-love-child of the Literature & the Mind cohort at UC-Santa Barbara

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