Online journal is devoted to digital writing and art

BLACKSBURG, VA., February 20, 2007 — New River Journal, the first online journal devoted exclusively to digital writing and art, announces the release of its premier issue for 2007. After a period of dormancy, New River Journal has been redesigned and reborn, complete with exciting new works by some of today’s leading digital authors.New River Journal was founded by Virginia Tech English Professor Ed Falco in 1996, with the assistance of Len Hatfield, a computer guru then on the Virginia Tech faculty. The online publication has consistently tested the boundaries and rules of writing in a digital age. This new issue marks the first time the journal has been managed and edited by students participating in the MFA Creative Writing Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Managing editors for the inaugural launch are two graduate students, Laura Dulaney and Bryon Sabol.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to work as an editor on the New River Journal,” said Dulaney. “Digital writing has developed in astounding ways in the past decade, yet it is still in its infancy. Few schools in the country can offer their students the chance to be so involved with this medium on every level.”

The managing editors, with the help of Brent Jesiek of Virginia Tech’s Center for Digital Discourse and Culture, redesigned the New River Journal’s website to provide a user friendly interface and easier access to the journal’s archive. Beginning with this issue, the Journal plans to post new issues twice a year, in December and May.

The current issue includes works by David Herrstrom, Jason Nelson, and Dan Waber.

David Herrstrom’s “The Nicodemus Glyph” is a heady investigation of the ancient author and teacher, Nicodemus. Herrstrom has constructed the Glyph to taunt the reader’s desire for more definite knowledge of Nicodemus, while simultaneously signaling that we can never fully know a historical person or circumstance.

Jason Nelson’s work tests the boundary between “game-like” interfaces and serious poetry. “Poetry Cube” not only allows readers to reorganize Nelson’s words, but it also allows them to enter their own poetry and, with the click of a button, shuffle the lines into an array of possibilities. “Between Treacherous Objects” takes a form reminiscent of a video game flight simulator. Using the mouse, readers fly through the space of images and poetry, choosing to stop where they desire.

Dan Waber’s “Writing Through Time” examines and challenges the limitations and constructs of space and time as they traditionally apply to the written words. Words appear and disappear on the “page,” creating a layered fabric of text and meaning that can be further manipulated by the reader.

“It was an honor to have some of the leading digital writers from around the world contribute to this issue,” managing editor Bryon said. “New River Journal was at the forefront of the digital writing movement, and our goal when we took over the editorship was to reestablish the Journal’s place at the helm. I think with the new website and the excellent work from some of the world’s top digital writers, we accomplished that.”

The Virginia Tech MFA Creative Writing Program was established in 2005. New River Journal’s managing editors Dulaney and Sabol are members of the program’s first class. The New River Journal is currently hosted by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture.

Registration Open for The Future of Electronic Literature

Registration is now open for the Electronic Literature Organization and MITH’s May 3rd public symposium on The Future of Electronic Literature. Keynotes are N. Katherine Hayles (UCLA) and Kenneth Thibodeau (National Archives), but that’s just the beginning of the list of terrific people who will be in attendance.

Registration is free for members of the Electronic Literature Organization, but all attendees must still register. Space is limited, so reserve early!

Nebraska Digital Workshop — CFP

Call for Proposals
The Nebraska Digital Workshop
October 5 & 6, 2007

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) will host the second annual Nebraska Digital Workshop on October 5 & 6, 2007 and seeks proposals for digital presentations by pre-tenure faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students working in the digital humanities. The goal of the Workshop is to enable the best early career scholars in the field of digital humanities to present their work in a forum where it can be critically evaluated, improved, and showcased. Under the auspices of the Center, the Workshop will bring nationally recognized senior scholars in digital humanities to UNL to participate and work with the selected scholars. Selected scholars will receive full travel reimbursement and an honorarium for presenting their work at the Nebraska Digital Workshop.

Selection criteria include: significance in primary disciplinary field, technical innovation, theoretical and methodological sophistication, and creativity of approach.

Please send proposed workshop abstract, curriculum vitae, and a representative sample of digital work via a URL or disk on or before May 1, 2007 to: Katherine L. Walter, Co-Director, UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, at kwalter1@unl.edu or 319 Love Library, UNL, Lincoln, NE 68588-4100. For further details, please see the Center’s website.

May 2-3: MITH/ELO Symposium on the Future of Electronic Literature

MITH and the Electronic Literature Organization are pleased to announce a public symposium on the Future of Electronic Literature, May 2 and 3 at the University of Maryland, College Park, with co-sponsorship from the University Libraries and Department of English. The keynote speakers will be Kate Hayles (John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature at UCLA) and Kenneth Thibodeau (Director of Electronic Records Archives Program, National Archives and Records Administration). In addition to the keynotes and associated panels, we are planning an electronic literature slam on the evening of May 2. A number of ELO Board members and other writers and artists will be in attendance; watch the Web site linked above for more details soon, but in the meantime save the date!

Platform Studies Series Coming from MIT Press

Ian Bogost & Nick Montfort have announced a new MIT Press series,

Platform Studies

Investigating the relationships between the hardware and software design of computing systems and the creative works produced on those systems. The series will include books relevant to electronic literature, digital art, video games, and other sorts of creative computing.

The first book in the series is forthcoming in 2008:

Video Computer System: The Atari 2600 Platform
by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost

For more about computing platforms and their relationship to new media, the new approaches which this series hopes to foster, examples of platforms, and answers to questions about the series concept, see the site:

http://platformstudies.com

Brown U. Electronic Writing Fellowship

Brown University’s Literary Arts department offers what may be the only MFA in writing for digital media. Brown also offers a generous fellowship specifically in this area, which provides two years of support to do your own work, participate in three writing workshops, and take four other Brown courses of your choice. Deadline this year: December 15th postmark.

E-Poetry 2007, Paris

The most important International Festival of Digital Poetry

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Every two years, the E-Poetry series of Digital Poetry Festivals constitutes the most important digital literary gathering in the field. Authors and researchers worldwide meet and present their ideas and works. E-Poetry plays an essential role in the emergence of this new literary field, and provides a forum for the circulation of the ideas and the debates that animate it.

The festival has two facets: a university symposium and numerous artistic presentations.

The symposium will take place at the Université Paris VIII. It will permit researchers to present their latest research and for artists to premier their newest works. Symposium papers will be published by Hermès Science Publications.

Artistic events will take place at key Parisian venues, providing notable authors the opportunity to present their works to a public curious about new literary and artistic trends employing technology and communication.

E-poetry 2007 is organized by:

Opening Sunday, May 20. 2007.

Symposium and evening events: from Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

The symposium will take place at the Université de Paris VIII (Saint-Denis), artistic works at le Cube and at Point Ephémère.

Organizers: Loss Pequeño Glazier, Philippe Bootz, Patrick-Henri Burgaud, Jean Clément, Alexandre Gherban

Information regarding the Symposium: philippe.bootz (at) univ-paris8.fr

Information regarding Works: pburgaud (at) laposte.net

Links:

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Read this call in French or English

Poet Seeks Help Restoring Online Work

Jena Osman, poet and director of the Creative Writing Program at Temple University, needs help renovating a hypertextual interactive poem back into the ether. The poem is programmed in Perl and utilizes a Google image-search function. A stipend of $1500 will be available if research grant comes through. Contact josman at temple dot edu.

AUTOSTART Festival in Philly, Oct 26 & 27

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. Kelly Writers House, October 26 & 27
: Celebrating the Electronic Literature Collection, volume 1
: MACHINE series # Electronic Literature Organization
: http://www.writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/series/machine/
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: THURSDAY Oct 26
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: 1:00-2:30 pm Discussion (Arts Cafe)
. A conversation about writing and literature in the digital
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: > Charles Bernstein – University of Pennsylvania
: > Jena Osman – Temple University
: > Bob Perelman – University of Pennsylvania
: > Ron Silliman – Silliman’s Blog
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: 2:30-5:30 pm The Open Machine Open House
: Electronic literature available for reading and discussion
: throughout the downstairs area, with guided tours at
. 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm by two Electronic Literature Collection,
: volume 1 edtitors:
: > Stephanie Strickland – New York City
: > Nick Montfort – University of Pennsylvania
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: 4:00-5:30 pm Wet Digits Workshop
: An introductory workshop for those new to HTML and digital
: writing, led by the editors of The New Media Reader:
. > Noah Wardrip-Fruin – University of California, San Diego
: > Nick Montfort – University of Pennsylvania
: [[[ RSVP REQUIRED: contact wh@writing.upenn.edu ]]]
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: 5:30-7:30 pm Reading (Arts Cafe)
: Presentations of electronic literature by Electronic
: Literature Collection, volume 1 contributors:
: > Mary Flanagan – Hunter College
: > Aya Karpinska – Brown University
: > Stuart Moulthrop – University of Baltimore
: > Aaron A. Reed – Salt Lake City
. > Noah Wardrip-Fruin – University of California, San Diego
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: FRIDAY Oct 27
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: 10:30-11:30 am Tour of Slought Foundation (4017 Walnut St)
. Slought Foundation broadly encourages new futures for
: contemporary life through public programs featuring
: international artists and theorists.
: > Aaron Levy – Slought Foundation Executive Director
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. 1:00-4:00 pm Electronic Writing Jam (Room 202)
: A time to write collaboratively and to discuss forms,
: techniques, and technologies, hosted by:
: > Jim Carpenter – University of Pennsylvania
: Participants include readers and editors from AUTOSTART’s
: Thursday program as well as:
: > Daniel C. Howe – Brown University
: > Brian Kim Stefans – Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
: Participants by videoconference include two editors of
: the Electronic Literature Collection, volume 1:
. > N. Katherine Hayles – University of California, Los Angeles
: > Scott Rettberg – University of Bergen, Norway
: An editor of volume 2 and volume 1 contributor:
: > Marjorie Luesebrink – Irvine Valley College
: And volume 1 contributor:
. > Jason Nelson – Griffith University, Australia
: [[[ RSVP REQUIRED: contact wh@writing.upenn.edu ]]]
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: Scott Rettberg # Stephanie Strickland
: This volume features 60 digital selections by
: Jim Andrews # Ingrid Ankerson # babel # Giselle Beiguelman
: Philippe Bootz # Patrick-Henri Burgaud # J.R. Carpenter
: John Cayley # M.D. Coverley (Marjorie Luesebrink) # Martha Deed
. David Durand # escha # Damien Everett # Sharif Ezzat
: Edward Falco # Mary Flanagan # Marcel Fr’emiot
: Elaine Froehlich # geniwate # Loss Peque~no Glazier
: Kenneth Goldmith # Tim Guthrie # Richard Holeton
: Daniel C. Howe # Jon Ingold # Shelley Jackson # Michael Joyce
: Aya Karpinska # Robert Kendall # Deena Larsen
: Kerry Lawrynovicz # Donna Leishman # Bill Marsh # Talan Memmott
: Maria Mencia # Judd Morrissey # Brion Moss # Stuart Moulthrop
. Jason Nelson # Marko Niemi # Millie Niss # Lance Olsen
: Jason Pimble # William Poundstone # Kate Pullinger
: Melinda Rackham # Aaron A. Reed # Shawn Rider # Jim Rosenberg
: Megan Sapnar # Dan Shiovitz # Emily Short # Alan Sondheim
: Brian Kim Stefans # Reiner Strasser # Dan Waber
: Noah Wardrip-Fruin # Rob Wittig # Nanette Wylde
: The Collection will be available on the web and on CD-ROM under a
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ELO Plugs into New Hub: MITH @ Maryland

The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) has now established its new headquarters at The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The move, which has been made possible by sponsorship from MITH, the English department at Maryland, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the University Libraries, was completed this summer.

Neil Fraistat, director of MITH, said of the move: “In moving from UCLA to the University of Maryland, the ELO will provide MITH with a unique opportunity for a truly comprehensive program in the Digital Humanities, one that focuses equally on migrating electronically the cultural artifacts of the past and the production of the cultural artifacts of the future.” Thom Swiss, president of the ELO, added: “The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is internationally known and, together with the support of its campus partners in this venture, makes for the best possible home for the ELO because of our similar and now collaborative interests and ambitions.”

Founded in 1999 in Chicago, the ELO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of writers, scholars, educators, and technologists dedicated to exploring how computers can be used for literary expression, and how born digital work can use the computer and the network to build on and extend the tradition of literature. Landmark events in the ELO’s short history include:

* The launch of the Electronic Literature Directory, an acclaimed
database-driven resource of information about electronic literature
maintained by authors and visited by thousands of readers;

* Readings of electronic literature and outreach events in Chicago,
New York, Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Providence;

* The Electronic Literature Awards, which recognized exemplary works
of poetry and fiction and rewarded winners with substantial cash
prizes;

* The State of the Arts Symposium, which united over one hundred
international writers, scholars, and publishers of electronic
literature at UCLA for two days of panels and presentations and
produced hard-copy proceedings; and

* The Preservation, Archiving, and Dissemination (PAD) project’s
publication of two reports, Acid-Free Bits: Recommendations for
Long-Lasting Electronic Literature and Born-Again Bits: A Framework
for Migrating Electronic Literature.

The ELO has an international network of directors, literary advisors,
and members. The organization’s university partners include the
University of Iowa, the University of Illinois Chicago, and the
University of Pennsylvania. After the headquarters of the ELO moves to
Maryland, partnerships with these universities, and the partnership
with UCLA, will continue, as will electronic literature readings,
events, and activities across the country.

The partnership between MITH and the ELO will help both organizations
pursue their related missions. The ELO will work, with MITH’s help, to
further its programs and its impact, both internationally and on the
Maryland campus.