HyperText: Explorations in Electronic Literature

During 2003 and 2004, the ELO collaborated with the UCLA Hammer Museum in presenting a reading series for electronic literature.

HyperText: Explorations in Electronic Literature” was a yearlong performative reading series that highlighted some of the most innovative literary work in digital media.

October 17: Christian Bök and Erik Loyer

Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia, a bestselling work of experimental literature, and a book of poetry, Crystallography. Bök has earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry, and his conceptual artworks have appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique.

Erik Loyer is a digital media artist who creates pieces that exhibit strong tactile qualities and a unique synergy. His award-winning 1998 Web site The Lair of the Marrow Monkey was one of the first to be added to the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1999, Loyer received a Rockefeller Media Fellowship to develop his episodic interactive narrative Chroma, which has been exhibited internationally.

See “Reading Between the Bytes,” an article about the first e-lit reading in our series.

November 19: Jody Zellen and M.D. Coverley

Jody Zellen is a Los Angeles-based artist working in many print and digital media exploring the subject of the urban environment. Her websites include Ghost City, Random Paths, and others. Her most recent project, Disembodied Voices, explores how cell phones have changed the nature of public space.

M.D. Coverley is the pen name for Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink. Her interactive, electronic novel Califia is available on CD-ROM, and several hypermedia short stories are published as Fingerprints on Digital Glass, at http://califia.hispeed.com. Luesebrink will present her work The Book of Going Forth by Day: A Dramatic Reading in Three Voices, an electronic, multimedia, interactive novel of ancient and modern Egypt. It will be published on DVD in January, 2004.

February 27: Deena Larsen and Geniwate

Deena Larsen has been a pioneer in the electronic literature field since before the Internet. Her first work, Marble Springs, tells the deep secrets of women in a 19th century mining town through links and hidden connections. Her second work, Samplers, was listed on the NSW Board of Education, Australia, syllabus in 1999. Her third through twenty-fifth works are scattered in Webzines and Internet journals, including the Iowa Review Web, Riding the Meridian, Blue Moon Review, and Cauldron and Net. She has organized and taught electronic lit workshops, helped host ELO/trAce chats since 2000, lectured in universities, and otherwise aided and abetted other electronic lit/new media/hypertext addicts.

Geniwate came to electronic poetry via print and performance poetry. Experiment with visual and audio in performance put her in a good position to make the leap to electronic literature in 1997. She was co-winner of the 1999 trAce-Alt-X International Hypertext Competition. Since then she has been exploring science, technoculture and mythology.

March 19: Talan Memmott and Noah Wardrip-Fruin

Talan Memmott is a hypermedia artist/writer/editor from San Francisco, California. He is the Creative Director and Editor of the online hypermedia literary journal BeeHive. His hypermedia work has appeared widely on the Internet. In 2001 he was awarded the trAce/Alt-X New Media Writing Award for his work “Lexia to Perplexia”, which also received honorable mention for the Electronic Literature Organization’s award in fiction. He is a tutor for the trAce Online Writing School, and has been a speaker, panelist, reader and performer at various conferences and universities.

Noah Wardrip-Fruin is an e-literature writer and scholar, co-editor of The New Media Reader (MIT Press 2003) and First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game.

April 23: Student Reading

Student Reading in conjunction with the UC Digital Cultures Graduate Conference Narr@tive: Digital Storytelling.

Gabe Dunne, UCLA Design | Media Arts
Mark Marino, UCR English
Joel Swanson, UCSD Fine Arts
Angie Waller, UCLA Fine Arts

May 21: Ingrid Ankerson and Natalie Bookchin

Ingrid Ankerson is co-editor, along with Megan Sapnar, of the online journal Poems That Go.

Natalie Bookchin is an internationally-known new media artist. One of her most recent projects, Metapet, is an online game featured in the Whitney Museum’s online gallery.


ELO acknowledges the support of our global sponsor, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation for their generous support of the Electronic Literature Directory project.

We also greatly thank our hosts at UCLA: the Center for Digital Humanities, the English Department, the Design| Media Arts Department, the School of the Arts and Architecture, and SINAPSE.