About

Louis Rastelli is a bilingual native Montreal writer, editor, DJ, musician and fixture in the local arts community. As a child, he’d write and draw You cheapessay writerand his value a great assignmentwriting bestessayhere.com anyone who haswrittenany type ofpaperwill agree that the study his own magazines and comics to sell to classmates. In his early teens, he’d write short stories and submit essay writing service them to science fiction magazines (none were published) and always dabbled in various forms of art and music. He began writing for the alternative press in Montreal in 1986 when he was 16 and DJed a weekly radio show on the Concordia University station CRSG between 1986 and 1990.

After completing a degree in Architectural Technology at Vanier College in 1991, he left Montreal to study and work in architecture in southern Ontario in the early 1990s. After moving back to Montreal, he founded Fish Piss Magazine in 1996, correctly guessing that the local creative community needed more outlets to be published in. The new talent that flooded early issues – such as Jonathan Goldstein, Golda Fried, Heather O’Neill and Marc Bell– earned Fish Piss much recognition (and international distribution) within its first year. The magazine showcased work by hundreds of different writers and artists over the next decade and sold more than 20 000 copies in that time.

In 1998, Rastelli co-founded Archive Montreal (Arcmtl) with fellow publishers, a non-profit organization with the mandate of simultaneously promoting and preserving local independent culture. In 2001, Rastelli and his Archive Montreal colleagues launched Distroboto, a network of former cigarette vending machines converted to sell art, music, films and zines. The project took buy dissertation online off and was later featured as one of the “Ideas of the Year” by the New York Times Magazine. Largely managed by Rastelli since its début, more than 30 000 works by over 600 artists have since been sold through these machines.

In 2002, Montreal’s  Expozine small press, comic and zine fair was co-founded by Rastelli with fellow small publishers. Each edition now hosts some 300 publishers from across the continent and recognizes the best among them with the annual Expozine Alternative Press Awards.

Since the mid-1990s, Rastelli has continued to write freelance for numerous publications and has sold several thousand copies of his self-produced miniature books of fiction and essays. His 2007 novel, A Fine Ending (Insomniac Press), set in fin-de-siècle Montreal’s Plateau district, was called “a timeless portrait of the spirit of bohemia” and “a warm-hearted account of an artistic community’s defining years.” He left his long-time management job with an international conglomerate in 2005 to focus on expanding Archive Montreal’s various projects.

To reach Louis Rastelli, send an email to: fishpiss  at fishpiss dot com .