Terramoto1 is an independent publisher which releases writing & objects.

A sudden violent shaking happens as a result of movements within the earth’s crust.

Analogously, as the 1755 Lisbon Terramoto changed the city’s structure from a medieval city to a modern urban plan, this Terramoto, in 2019, will restructure the discussion around the ways in which we approach written texts.

This is a different type of terramoto, a major upheaval regarding the ways in which publishers and designers approach and manipulate the writer’s text.

Our mission is to make people reflect upon the way we approach the written text, both challenging the reader and providing them with a unique experience.

Our publications, rather than consisting of traditional print paper, will incorporate uniquely different media, varying the ways in which they are both produced and experienced.

“A writer, contrary to the popular opinion, does not write books. A writer writes texts.” — ULISES CARRIÓN, THE NEW ART OF MAKING BOOKS



1. Terramoto_noun [maculine] Earthquake [noun] a shaking of the earth’s surface. Translation of “ terramoto” from the Portuguese-English


What Should I Do Before, During, And After An Terramoto Issue?


1. What to Do Before a Terramoto Issue
Learn how to read.
Make sure you have your reading glasses with you. Study the way out of the place where you will experience the issue. Understand that your reading experience will be challenging. Don’t leave heavy objects on shelves. Know how to turn on and off the lights. Do not panic; it will not be a book.
2. What to Do During a Terramoto Issue Stay calm! If you’re indoors, stay inside. If you’re outside, stay outside. If indoors, stand or sit on or against something comfortable. In the event of poor visibility, try to move closer to natural light. If you’re outdoors, stay in the open, clear of power lines or buildings; in contact with nature is a wise choice. Turn your senses on to the issue. Don’t use your phone during the reading unless it’s an emergency. Don’t use matches, candles, or any flame. In the case of poor lighting, go indoors. If you’re in a car, stop the car and only when securely parked enjoy our publication. Examine all elements of the publication: colour, texture, text and shape have the same level of importance. Do not only look at and comprehend the meaning of written or printed matter by interpreting the letters--focus on all elements. Approach each publication differently. But be aware, the writing content will always reflect its physical self through an object or physical shape. Be open, the structure of our publications will change each issue. There is not a right way to read or handle each issue. Don’t use elevators.
3. What to Do After a Terramoto Issue Check yourself. Provide yourself with some fluids or food if needed. Reflect.
Expect confusion. If you are confused, go for a walk or reread the issue. Reflect.
Turn on the radio. Be careful. Reflect on how we or other people have been using the writers’ text. Tsunamis and seiches sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking. If you’re at school or work, pass the issue to a friend or co-worker. We strongly advise opening a discussion. Still, confused?
Read this by Ulises Carrión: “A writer, contrary to the popular opinion, does not write books. A writer writes texts.” Reflect.