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The ELO's Interactions series continues January 11th 2002 with one of the most celebrated authors working in electronic literature, Shelley Jackson, who will be reading from her new work, The Doll Games. The reading will be held at the University of Illinois, Chicago's Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison (northwest corner of Harrison and Racine). Admission is free.

The ELO's Interactions series continues with Megan Sapnar and Ingrid Ankerson, editors of the kinetic poetry site, Poems that Go. Sapnar and Ankerson will talk about their work on Friday, 5 October, at 7 pm at the University of Illinois Chicago Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison, Chicago. Free admission.

The Electronic Literature Organization has announced the short lists for the first Electronic Literature Awards. The two $10,000 award winners will be announced at a ceremony May 18, 2001 at the New School's Swayduck Auditorium in New York City. Shortlisted were:

"Alternumerics" by Paul Chan
"Lexia to Perplexia" by Talan Memmott
"Patchwork Girl" by Shelley Jackson
"_the data][h!][bleeding texts_" by Mez
"These Waves of Girls" by Caitlin Fisher
"The Impermanence Agent" by Noah Wardrip-Fruin et al.
"Configuration" by Hilary Mosher-Buri
"Cyberpoetry Underground" By Kominos Zervos
"Him" by Dane Watkins
"The Minotaur Project" by Kim White
"Nepabunna" by Geniwate
"Windsound" by John Cayley

On Saturday, March 3, 2001, William Harroff will host 3.3.EBE, an art exhibition on contemporary electronic book forms, at McKendree College's Holman Library in Illinois.

Mary-kim Arnold, the author of "Lust" and "Kokura", is teaching hypertext writing at Wheaton College this semester.

New in HypertextNOW: Diane Greco goes Scrolling with Rob Wittig.

Rob Wittig designed a novel navigation widget for Web design firm 3st.

The Sunday Chicago Tribune (August 15) features "Hypertext: Reading Between The Lines" by Julia Keller, surveying the hypertext scene in Chicago. Interviews with Scott Rettberg, Terry Harpold, Rob Wittig. Thanks Patsy Bernstein, Jeff Ballowe, and several others.

Scott Rettberg, co-author of The Unknown, discusses the evolution of literary sites on the Web over the past two years in a column for


New in hypertext courses: Electric Rhetoric at Iowa.

The Iowa Review has begun to publish hypertext fiction and electronic poetry on it's Web site. Among the first writers represented were Robert Kendall, Deena Larsen, and Edward Falco.


Marjorie Luesebrink, Stephanie Strickland, and Deena Larsen will present a panel on hypertext at The Ninth Annual Cultural Studies Symposium, March 9-11, 2000, Kansas State University , Manhattan, KS.


The Center for Digital Storytelling has announced a collaboration with the Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan in assisting with their Managing Information with Rural America program. In addition, the CDS has expanded its website to include a digital storytelling discussion forum and a new Digital Diner interview with Dorelle Rabinowitz and Kimberly Mercado of OurStories on

Attention, job seekers: Judith Kerman (author of Mothering) writes that Saginaw Valley State University is currently advertising a position in graphic design and multimedia. The successful candidate will have a strong graphic design background that includes electronic media and hypermedia. Applicants for this position are asked to contact Judith Kerman directly. Thanks, Judith Kerman!


On 21-22 February, the University of Minnesota will host CYBER-LITERATURE, two days of lectures, workshops, and performance with Alan Sondheim and Miekal And. Sondheim and And will lecture on cyber-literature on Thursday, February 21, from 2:30-3:45 P.M., in the Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Building, Room 3-210, and will offer a lunch workshop on teaching electronic media on Friday, February 22, from 12-1:30 in Lind Hall, Room 207. The performance will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, 22 February, in the A. I. Johnson Room of the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center--The Gateway.

New in courses: Electronic Literature and Culture discuss the relations between text and image; cyborgs and the technology of reproduction; the stylistics of hypertextual narrative; and the general problem of literary value in relation to codes and information.Thanks, Rita Raley


The Missouri Center for the Book will hold its third Celebration of the Book, November 5-6, at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. This year's theme is "Books and Bytes: The Book of the Future." Sven Birkerts will give the keynote lecture, "Futures of the Book," on Friday evening. On Saturday, Eastgate author and editor Diane Greco will participate in two consecutive panels, "From Monks to Punks: Producing Books in an Electronic Age," and "Hypertext and Beyond: Fiction and the Computer." For more information, visit the MCB website .

New media artist Chris Burnett will curate Writing the Millennium: Y2K Image and Text, an exhibit at Kansas City's The Writers' Place. Scheduled to run from November 19, 1999 to the end of January 2000, the exhibit brings visual artists and writers together in exploring some revolutionary trends in communication. We see the millennium as a focal point for our culture's sense of boundary conditions and limits. For more information, contact Prof. Burnett.


Nick Traenker's essay on interactive fiction as a guide to writing hyperfiction was highlighted in August 3rd's CamWorld, a widely-read general-interest Web log.

South Dakota

Michael Joyce will be the keynote speaker at the Great Plains Computers and Writing Conference at the University of South Dakota in Vermilion, February 26-27. This conference is being held in conjunction with the John R. Milton Memorial Writers Conference, which focuses on Great Plains regional literature. If you miss the keynote, Joyce will also be available to sign books on Saturday, the 26th, from 3-3:30 at the USD Book and Supply Store. Thanks, Michelle Rogge Gannon!


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