Launching ELC3

September 28, 2016 in ELO, Press Release

ELC3 2.0


ELC3 cover

We are pleased to announce the 2.0 version of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3 (ELC3). This version adds preservation and new resources to the 114 featured works. Here are four new features that should be of special interest to our community.

  • The works are now hosted in ELO servers (whenever possible), but we also link directly to their original websites to offer access to their authorial contexts. You can access both, as well as video documentation, through the Begin menu.

  • Downloadable, editable source files and other materials provided by the authors are now included in a new section titled Downloads, beneath the Editorial Statements for each work. You can study these materials from a variety of critical or creative approaches or remix them to create your own.

  • Twitter bots now have archives which allow you to browse, search, and read deeply into their output, from their launch up to January 2016. You can access them through the Begin menu or download them as spreadsheets in the Downloads section.

  • A downloadable version of the ELC3 will soon be available for those who wish to install it in classrooms, labs, or have an offline copy.

We are still fundraising to offer a USB version free to ELO members, sponsors, and to distribute to libraries, museums, and archives. If you are interested in contributing to this free and open ELO initiative, contact us at

The Electronic Literature Collection is one of ELO’s many initiatives to promote and preserve digital literature.  Your membership helps to fund these projects.  Join or renew your membership today or increase your membership level to enable ELO to continue to increase and spread information about this innovative mode of art.

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The ELC3 Editorial Collective

  • Stephanie Boluk

  • Leonardo Flores

  • Jacob Garbe

  • Anastasia Salter

ELO at The Kitchen — NYC – Sept. 10

September 9, 2016 in ELO, Events

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If you’re in NYC (or near enough to hop a train), join us for We Have Always Been Digital, at The Kitchen.  ELO President Dene Grigar will be there with hard copies of ELC3  (announcement forthcoming) and previous collections for the first people to sign up as members.

Come for a night of e-lit wonderment and (re)join an international organization of artists and scholars in ELO!


The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) presents performances of digitally-born writing and poetry. Curated by Illya Szilak, this afternoon of interactive presentations showcases a range of dynamic forms from bots and games to interactive online works, and offers audience members the chance to engage with works and authors after the performances.

Artists include: Abraham Avnisan, Amaranth BorsukJohn Cayley, David Clark, Caitlin Fisher, Ian Hatcher, Porpentine Charity HeartscapeFlourish Klink, Tan Lin, Nick Montfort, Kia Miakka NatisseAllison Parrish, and others.

September 10, 1–6pm, FREE
512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

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CFP ELO 17 (Dec 5; July 19-22, 2017)

August 12, 2016 in Calls, Conference, ELO


Electronic Literature > Affiliations, Communities, Translations

Hosted by UFP – University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal, July 19 – 22, 2017

Call For Papers & Works

The ELO (Electronic Literature Organization) is pleased to announce its 2017 Conference and Festival, to be held from July 19-22. The Conference is hosted by University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, and the Festival and Exhibits will be held in the center of the historic city of Porto, Portugal.

Titled «Electronic Literature: Affiliations, Communities, Translations», the Conference and Festival welcome dialogues and untold histories of electronic literature, providing a space for discussion about what exchanges, negotiations, and movements we can track in the field of electronic literature. These three threads will weave through the conference, structuring dialogue, debate, performances, presentations, and exhibits. The threads are meant as provocations, enabling constraints, and aim at forming a diagram of electronic literature today and expanding awareness of the history and diversity of the field.

The goal of this International Conference is to contribute to displacing and re-situating accepted views and histories of electronic literature, in order to construct a larger and more expansive field, to map discontinuous textual relations across histories and forms, and to create productive and poetic apparatuses from unexpected combinations. Each of the three strands – Affiliations, Communities, Translations – is described in detail below. Participants can apply to the Conference and Festival by locating their work within a strand. In all cases, we are open to experimental proposals that integrate theory and practice, and proposals that challenge presentation formats.

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CFP: International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality (5 July; 3-5 Nov 2016)

June 10, 2016 in Calls, Conference, ELO

CFP: International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality
3rd to 5th November 2016, Universität Bremen, Germany
Conference chair: Dr. Daniela Côrtes Maduro
Deadline for Submissions: 5 July 2016


Carlos Reis, Director of the Centre for Portuguese Literature, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Dene Grigar, President of the Electronic Literature Organization, Washington State University Vancouver, USA
Joseph Tabbi, Electronic Book Review (EBR) Editor in Chief, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Manuel Portela, Director of the Materialities of Literature Program, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Maria Mencia, ELO Board of Directors, University of Kingston, United Kingdom
Scott Rettberg, ELMCIP project leader, University of Bergen, Norway

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ELO 2016 Begins!

June 10, 2016 in Calls, ELO

ELO2016 LogoELO 2016 at University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
#ELO16, #DHSI2016

Over 190 participants have arrived from around the world to Victoria, Canada for the 2016 international conference of the Electronic Literature Organization now underway,  the largest ELO conference to date.

This year, the conference runs between two weeks of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI2016),  specifically its e-lit seminars.  Participants of DHSI are encouraged to join the conference for the weekend or with a special discounted day-pass.  This cohabitation of the events has led to one of the largest gatherings around electronic literature ever.

ELO 2016 offers a conference and a festival, featuring panels, workshops, artists talks, performancesscreenings, sound installations, and an exhibition.  The conference is also showcasing the winners of the 4Humanities “Shout Out for the Humanities” contest.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with artists and scholars, and discuss ELO itself at our town hall event. Also, during Saturday night’s banquet, the 2016 ELO Prize will be awarded, with the N. Katherine Hayles award given to a scholarly work and the Robert Coover Award going to a creative work produced in the past 18 months.

If you cannot join us in person, join us online at the website, on Twitter, or on Facebook. You can also hear artifacts from previous ELO events on radioELO.  Whether here in Victoria or somewhere in cyberspace, you can feel the buzz of this weekend’s conference as literature becomes electrified.

Meet ELO’s New Communication Team

May 19, 2016 in ELO

As ELO continues to grow and develop as an organization, we have an increasing number of activities and opportunities to share with our members and the world at large.  To keep information flowing, we are expanding our communications group.

Meet the new communications team! Jeneen NajiÉlika Ortega, and Mia Zamora will be joining to help coordinate our social media and email communications.  Mark Marino will continue as Director of Communications.   Get to know our team, while they are getting to know you and your work!

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Mark Sample Joins ELO Board

May 17, 2016 in ELO

ELO is pleased to announce that Mark Sample will be joining the Board of Directors.  Mark is a well-established scholar in the field of digital humanities and is also an author of works of electronic literature, including “Takei, George, which was published in the Electronic Literature Collection, volume 3.  ELO now has a full 20-person Board as we head into the annual conference!


Mark Sample is an Associate Professor of Digital Studies at Davidson College, a liberal arts college just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Mark’s teaching and research focuses on algorithmic culture, new media, and videogames. His examination of the representation of torture in videogames appeared in Game Studies, and he has a chapter called “Code” in the forthcoming Debugging Game History (MIT Press, 2016). Mark’s critique of the digital humanities’ approach to contemporary literature is a chapter in Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). Mark also co-authored 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1));: GOTO 10, a collaborative book about creative computing and the Commodore 64 (MIT Press, 2012). Mark’s creative work has appeared in The Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3, as well as several exhibitions, including “Electronic Literature: A Matter of Bits” at the Stedman Gallery of Rutgers University-Camden.


Anastasia Salter Joins ELO Board

April 25, 2016 in ELO

The Electronic Literature is pleased to welcome its newest Board Member Anastasia Salter. Anastasia has most recently served as an editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3 and brings expertise on interactive games, software platforms and much more.

Her full bio follows.

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April is ePoetry Month

April 1, 2016 in ELO, Events


During the month of April, the USA celebrates National Poetry Month, a literary celebration inaugurated by theAcademy of American Poets in 1996. To join the celebrations, the Electronic Literature Organization and I ♥ E-Poetry will be publishing a calendar (below) to highlight e-poetry performance and publication events from around the world.

The ELC3 Bot will be featuring 54 works of e-poetrypublished in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3.

Don’t know what e-poetry is? Read Leonardo Flores’ definition.

The calendar below will be updated regularly during the month of April. To add your events, publications, performances, etc to the calendar, please contact Leonardo Flores at leonardo.flores at


Launching The Electronic Literature Collection, vol. 3

February 18, 2016 in ELO, New E-Lit

Screenshot of ELC3

Electronic Literature Collection, vol. 3

Announcing the publication of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3, which launched today at an event at the Stedman Art Gallery at Rutgers University, Camden. This third volume features 114 works from 26 countries in 13 languages. The latest collection, drawn from over 500 submitted and solicited works, represents a wide range of forms and styles, including poem generators, bots, interactive fiction, mobile apps, and more.

According to co-editor Anastasia Salter, “With the ELC3, we saw an opportunity to expand the common definitions of electronic literature to embrace new frontiers in mobile, gaming, and experimental art produced by communities working outside of traditional academic and literary spaces.”

The features works languages include: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, and Swedish. These innovative works hail from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the United States.

As a snapshot of the field in this moment, the collection is designed to feature new and established voices in handcrafted HTML or computer-generated verse.  The works feature stunning visuals, engaging interaction, and immersive environs, stretching the boundaries of the possible for literary endeavors.

ELC3 was edited by Stephanie Boluk, Leonardo Flores, Jacob Garbe, and Anastasia Salter with the assistance of an international advisory board.

This evening’s event at Rutgers-Camden marks the publication of the online version.  The physical copy (on a USB drive) will be released at our international conference in Victoria this summer.

See all three of the collections here:

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