is a writer, visual artist, musician, audio designer and dialogist.  

He has exhibited his art internationally at the Sharjah Biennial 13 in the United Arab Emirates, Et Al Gallery in San Francisco, Shoot the Lobster in Luxembourg, Jack Hanley Gallery in New York, Anonymous Gallery in Mexico and Human Resources in Los Angeles.

His first novel, The Book of Formation was published in 2018 by Melville House Books.


He hosts the podcast Subject, Object, Verb at ArtReview. Previously, he was the audio-artist-in-residence at SFMOMA for Raw Material season 1 and executive produced KCRW's The Organist.


He has released an album (Refrains) and EP (Standards) under his own name and previouly was a member of NewVillager and Trespassers William.

He is a staff interviewer at ArtReview. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Frieze, Mousse, and many monographs. He was the interviews editor at The Believer from 2007 — 2020. 

He teaches seminars on experimental process, sound, and dialogue at Columbia University's MFA writing program. 

He lives in Altadena, California.

Write him: hello [at]


2022, Ross Simonini, Anonymous Gallery (solo)

2021, Standards volume 2 (EP)

2021, N.Dash, Casey Kaplan (essay)

2021, The All: In Praise of Generalism, The Believer (longform essay)


2021, Refrains, Et Al, San Francisco, (solo show)

2019, My Whole Entiled World, Escolar, Forestville, CA

2017, Anxiety Napkins, Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE (solo)

2016, Suncakes, Vacancy, LA (two)

2016, Picnic, Martinez studio, NY (pop up solo)

2015, Sweather, Fredericks & Freiser gallery, NY (with Brian Belott)​

2014, Quartering Myself, Shoot the Lobster, Luxembourg (solo)

2014, Bathers, Blackston, NY (two)

2013, Temporary Culture, Human Resources, LA (as NewVillager)


2021, 100 Sculptures, Anonymous Gallery (group show)

2021, The Shaker, Sgomento Zurigo, Zurich, Switzerland (group show)

2020, Birds Sun Such Trees, Et al + Arts of Life, Chicago

2020, 100 Sculptures, No Gallery, LA

2018, Gnaw The Bone That Falls To Thy Lot, Kimberly Klark Gallery, NY

2017, Mind Control, Alterspace, SF

2016, Shakey Towns, AlterSpace, SF

2016, World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY

2015, Negative Hand, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico

2015, Box Lunch, SkyLab, Columbus, OH

2013, Draw Gym, 247365 & Know More Games, NY, curated by Brian Belott

2013, Brushcrusher, NY curated by Gerasimos Floratos

2013, Age of Small Things, Dodge Gallery, NY

2013, Devotional Spaces, Ventana 244, NY

2013, Bad Fog, Martos Gallery, NY, curated by Eddie Martinez

2012, Nature Balance, Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, NY

2013, Eat or Die, Denny Gallery, NY

2012, Human Resources, curated by Dawn Kasper, NY


2021, Massage Tools and Energy Calendars, Fresh Bread, Chicago 

2020, To Your Under, Heavy Breathing

2019, Thank You, Cat Box Contemporary, NY

2019, Contradict Yourself, Other Places Art Fair, Los Angeles 

2018, Books of Deformation, an edition, Exhibition A, New York 

2016, Algae Bibs, Colpa Press 

2016, Prospect Drawings,  Exhibition A

2015, Digestive Napkins, Martos Gallery


2019, My Whole Entiled World, Escolar, Forestville, CA

2019, Quartering Performance, Interface, Oakland

2018, Mudslinger, Other Places Art Fair, LA

2012, NewVillager, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York



2019, The Feeling Sense: a lecture, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco

2018, On Interviewing: a talk at Likeminds, Hudson, NY

2018, Fluid Humanity: A talk with Anicka Yi, Printed Matter, NYC

​2017, People Pool Pie, Performa 17, NYC (conductor)

2017, A Conversation with Anna Halprin, Jessica Silverman Gallery

2015, Queens Museum (solo musical performance)

2015, Feast with Brian Belott, Performa 15 (conductor)

2014, Interview with John Maus, Frieze art fair

2012, Brooklyn Museum (as NewVillager)

2011, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (as NewVillager)
2011, Powerplay festival, Bridgehampton (as NewVillager)


2017 — ongoing, Ross Simonini

2007— 2012, NewVillager

2003 —2007, Trespassers William


The New York Times, McSweeneys, The Believer, T Style Mag, ArtReview, The Paris Review, Art in America, The Fader, Interview, Mousse, LitHub, California Sunday Magazine, ArtNews, frieze, Salon, Bomb, Los Angeles Times, Vegetarian Times, LA Weekly, Bookforum, Seattle Weekly, Identity Theory, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Stranger, Psychology Today, SFMOMA's Open Space, Affidavit, 11:11, Hazlitt, The Globe and Mail, Poetry Magazine, Yeti.

BOOKS (author)

2017, The Book of Formation, Melville House Books

2014, Ross Simonini Drawings

BOOKS (editor)

2012, Always Apprentices, Believer Books (editor, with Sheila Heti)

2014, The appearance of Confidence: Believer Books (editor, with Vendela Vida)


2021, N.Dash, Mehdi Chouakri (essay)

2021, Fifth Dimension Cookbook, Susan Cianciolo, LumberRoom, (essay)

2021, Creative Mood, Galeria Marta Cervera (essay)
2013, Eddie Martinez Paintings , Picture Box Books, (essay)

2015, My Life As a Man, Carmen Winant, (poem)

2016, Serious T'ings Gonna Happen: on Jamaican Dancehall, Hat and Beard (essay)

2015, Sender, Peter Sutherland, Printed Matter (essay)

2015, Devendra Banhart and Adam Tullie (introduction)

2015, 33 1/3's How to Write About Music, Da Capo (essay)

2015, Matthew Barney's River of Fundament, Rizzoli (essay)

2013, Jacob Cooper, Silver Threads, New Amsterdam (liner notes)


2018, Guerneville, NIAD Art Center, with Gerasimos Floratos

2016, "Dek Hed" at The Thing Quarterly (Terence Koh, Marlon Mullen, Seth Price, Candice Lin, Mort Drucker, Peter Shear, Ashley Carter, Keegan McHargue, Quintessa Matranga, and Karen May)


2020 — present, Subject, Object, Verb presented by ArtReview

2017, Raw Material presented by SFMOMA

2015 — 2019, The Organist presented by McSweeney's and KCRW 


2014 — present, Columbia University, School of the Arts, graduate/undergraduate

2019, California College of the Arts, Creative Writing, graduate

2019, Stanford, Guest lecturer, Italic program

2010, Stanford, Guest lecturer, MFA writing program


2007- 2020, Interviews Editor, The Believer magazine

2005- 2007, Music Editor, Resonance Magazine

2004 - 2007, Music Editor, Identity Theory


2019, Orchard House Residency, Boulder, CO

2017, Salmon Creek Farm, Mendocino, CA

2016, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Audio Artist in Residence

2016, Andrea Zittel's Wagon Station Encampment, Joshua Tree, CA


B.M. (Music Composition) University of California

M.F.A. (Fiction Writing) Bennington College

Certificate, European American Musical Alliance, Julliard