Support the ELC3 with Your Vote

A publication I co-edited, the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3 (ELC3) has been nominated for a 2016 Digital Humanities Award in the category of “Best Use of DH for Public Engagement.”

Please support this publication with your vote here. Voting is open until Friday, February 25.

For more information of these awards read on or visit their page:

Digital Humanities Awards are a set of entirely open annual awards run as a DH awareness raising activity. The awards are nominated and voted for entirely by the public. These awards are intended to help put interesting DH resources in the spotlight and engage DH users (and general public) in the work of the community.

I have been nominated twice for DH awards in the past for I ♥︎ E-Poetry, earning the following awards:

 

 

New Video & Resource: My Networked Narratives Studio Visit

On Tuesday, January 31, I participated in the first Elements of Networked Narratives Studio Visit. Here’s a description of the course and event, which was hosted by Mia Zamora (@MiaZamoraPhD) and Alan Levine (@cogdog).

Networked Narratives is an open connected course of digital storytelling, world building, civic imagination, and a bit of digital alchemy. Join a group of registered students at Kean University for a journey starting January 16, 2017

The studio visit was recorded via Google Hangouts on Air and is now published on YouTube (see below) and beautifully documented and annotated (via Hypothes.is) in their website.


Thank you, Mia, Alan, and all the participants for the invitation and putting together such a wonderful experience and resource!

My Appointment as Department of English Interim Director

I am pleased to share the good news that I have been chosen to serve as the next Interim Director of the Department of English at UPR: Mayagüez.

I wish to thank all the colleagues who supported my candidacy with their vote, writing, and encouragement. This couldn’t have happened without you.

I also wish to thank my wife Kara and my mother Nelsie for their incredible support. I couldn’t do it without your help. And thanks to my loving children Blake and Olivia for their patience with me as I become busier over the next few years.

I especially want to thank Interim Dean Fernando Gilbes Santaella and Chancellor John Fernandez Van Cleve for placing their trust in me.

I’m looking forward to working with the administration and my colleagues to strengthen and transform our English Department so that it can better serve our students, our University, Puerto Rico, and the world in the challenging times ahead.

Mi columna en 80 Grados

Hoy publicaron mi primera columna en la revista digital puertorriqueña 80 Grados, titulada “La literatura electrónica y el futuro de la palabra“.

Este es el comienzo de una serie de columnas mensuales acerca de la literatura electrónica, su historia, trayectoria, tradiciones en distintos países, idiomas y las tecnologías utilizadas. En esta serie se podrán vislumbrar algunos de los futuros potenciales de la palabra en los medios digitales, más allá de los ebooks. Este tipo de escritura es importante tanto como fenómeno literario como una manera de promover y cultivar el alfabetismo digital. El mercado de empleos del presente y futuro lo requiere y nuestro sistema educativo debe incorporarlo por el bien de nuestro pueblo puertorriqueño.

Esta columna es parte de un proyecto recién aprobado por el Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez y la Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades, titulado “La literatura electrónica en Puerto Rico: Divulgando el futuro de la palabra.” Para más detalles del proyecto, lea esta entrada en mi blog.

¡Estoy muy entusiasmado por esta oportunidad de conversar con mi pueblo!

Now Hiring: Two Graduate Research Assistants: Programming and Translation

I am hiring two graduate research assistants to work with me in a project titled “La Literatura Electrónica en Puerto Rico: Divulgando el Futuro de la Palabra.

Both Graduate Research Assistantships are for 300 hours of work during this 2016-17 academic year, divided into 10 hours/week for 15 weeks each semester. The assistantships pay $12 per hour for a total of $1,800 per semester, $3,600 for the whole academic year. These assistantships do not pay for tuition, fees, or other benefits.

To qualify for these assistantships you need to be enrolled full time in a graduate program at UPRM and be available for both semesters of the 2016-17 academic year. The assistantship will be renewed for the Spring 2017 semester based on excellent performance during the Fall 2016 semester. Here’s a general listing of the requirements and duties associated for both assistantships:

Programmer

  • Requirements: Knowledge and experience with programming for Web based technologies: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Python, Ruby, etc. You don’t have to know all of these technologies, but the more, the better. And you need to be willing to learn about what is needed for the job. Guidance and some training will be available.
  • Duties: Programming work for I ♥︎ E-Poetry and DH Internship related projects, developing WordPress plugins and themes, programming a Jekyll port of I ♥︎ E-Poetry, from Ruby back-end to front end template design, and performing other related programming tasks.

Translator

  • Requirements: Fully bilingual in Spanish and English. Meticulous, editorial-level mastery of writing in Spanish. Interest in translation, poetry, literary criticism, and electronic literature.
  • Duties: Translation work for I ♥︎ E-Poetry, help leading and training DH Internship team in translation and porting of I ♥︎ E-Poetry resources, editorial work, and performing other related tasks.

How to Apply

E-mail me (leonardo.flores@upr.edu) the following:

  • A brief letter (500 words or less) in which you establish:
    • Your interest in the project.
    • Your qualifications, relevant skills, and experience.
  • A 1-page resume listing:
    • Education
    • Relevant coursework and experience.
    • Two references and their e-mail addresses.

New Grant: “La Literatura Electrónica en Puerto Rico: Divulgando el Futuro de la Palabra”

I am pleased to announce that I have won a grant from the Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (FPH: Puerto Rico’s National Endowment for the Humanities branch) and the University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez Campus (UPRM) for a project titled “La Literatura Electrónica en Puerto Rico: Divulgando el Futuro de la Palabra.”

This public humanities project seeks to bring electronic literature with a focus on digital literacy to the Puerto Rican community and school system through the following activities:

  • Translating I ♥ E-Poetry into Spanish.
  • Redesigning its website for ease of access by multiple audiences in Spanish and English.
  • Offering 16 presentations in schools in western Puerto Rico.
  • Writing a monthly column in 80 Grados.

In support of this project, the UPRM has assigned 3 credits of my time for two semesters this academic year to dedicate to the project. The FPH will fund two graduate research assistants (a programmer and a translator), an external technical advisor, and some of the online costs for the project.

I’m thrilled to launch this project and am very grateful to the UPRM administration and the FPH for their support.

Publicaciones y Entrevistas en Español

 

La mayoría de mi trabajo académico es en inglés ya que soy profesor de Inglés y mi preparación es en las tradiciones literarias angloparlantes. Pero eso no significa que no me apasione la literatura– tanto tradicional como electrónica– en español y en otros idiomas. Los temas que atiende la literatura electrónica cruzan barreras de idioma, lenguaje y nacionalidad. A continuación, proveo un breve listado de entrevistas y artículos recientes que he hecho en español.

Para un listado más completo de publicaciones, entrevistas y otros escritos, visite mi página de publicaciones o vea mi Curriculum Vitae.

 

I ♥ E-Poetry Impact Report

Every so often, I need to explain that single line in my Curriculum Vitae dedicated to I ♥ E-Poetry (listed under Blogs), because it is likely to be overlooked by proposal reviewers. Digital publications, especially self-published blogs are seldom valued in traditional academic settings, after all.

So I have put together a brief report based on Google Analytics data for the site from December 19, 2011 to October 11, 2015.

Enjoy!

Fall 2015 Presentations

Here are some of my upcoming presentations for the Fall:

Now Recruiting: Bot Makers for HackPR 2015

I’m interested in assembling a team for HackPR 2015 (Sept. 19-20) to create the Hostos Bot 2.0 – a software robot that uses the writings of Eugenio María de Hostos to generate new texts and publish them in social media.

Last semester, my Digital Humanities Internship course created Hostos Bot 1.0, a program that draws from a corpus of 16 books written by Eugenio María de Hostos to generate new (and absurd) texts, which are published every 6 hours in social media networks (Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook). This bot was a collaborative effort: under my direction, the DH Internship students prepared the textual corpora, and Anderson Román wrote the program (using Node.js) to generate the texts and publish them to Tumblr.

Here are some features I’m interested in developing for Hostos Bot 2.0:

  • Develop the ability to post directly to Twitter and Facebook, instead of via Tumblr.
  • Develop interactivity via Twitter, so the bot replies to those who wish to address it.
  • To have the bot comment on trending topics in Puerto Rico, by drawing on newspaper headline feeds and selecting language from it to seed its Markov Chain text generator.

I need 2-3 students who can work with Node.js (or can port it to another scripting language), can work with the Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr APIs, and can set this up as an autonomous hosted bot. I can provide guidance and resources for the project.

This bot will be presented at international electronic literature conferences and at the Magna Feria del Libro Eugenio María de Hostos.

If you’re interested and available for the hackathon, please e-mail me at leonardo.flores@upr.edu.