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I ♥ E-Poetry Nominated for 2013 DH Awards

2013 DH Awards
Vote for I ♥ E-Poetry in the 2013 Digital Humanities Awards.

I ♥ E-Poetry has been nominated for the 2013 Digital Humanities Awards in the “Best DH project for public audiences” category.

Last year, I ♥ E-Poetry competed in 2012 DH Awards and was the first runner up in the “Best DH blog, article, or short publication” category. Back in 2012, the project was a bit different– a blogging performance in which I read an e-poem and wrote about it every day in a minimalist Tumblr designed for serendipitous or serial exploration. But 2013 saw several changes, especially when I concluded Phase 1 on May 2, 2013. Following the guidance offered by my Advisory Board, I moved the site to WordPress, changed its URL to, and started to develop resources for audiences to better access the knowledge base it had become. I also opened it up to collaboration and guest entries with five CFPs, launching Phase Two, which brought in new contributors from around the world. For a detailed recap of the year, read I ♥ E-Poetry: Year Two Retrospective.

If you are new to this resource, read the About page, get to know its team, and explore its menu and sidebars, both of which offer deep access to its over 570 entries. Explore I ♥ E-Poetry and discover our loving obsession with language and how it inhabits digital spaces.

And if you like what it has to offer, support it with your vote.

Thank you!


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Teaching Poetry in an Age of Digital Media

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 10.21.58 AMThis presentation is designed for the Teaching Assistants at UPRM, delivered on January 30, 2014. The presentation is full of links to resources, including slideshows and Prezis for previous talks, so I encourage readers to zoom a bit beyond the presentation slide to access the links available in almost every slide. The prezi is embedded below. Share and enjoy!


My Election to ELO Board of Directors


I have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) to serve as a board member and Treasurer.

To be in such high regard by a group composed of some of the leading scholars and artists in my specialization is a great honor and  a milestone in my career.

My heartfelt thanks!

P.S. Inspired by a little joke by Nick Montfort, I created the animated GIF you see above to commemorate the occasion. I hope taking such liberties with the ELO Logo doesn’t get me fired on my first day ;-)



Leonardo Flores @ MLA 2014 Convention


I’ve prepared my MLA 2014 Convention calendar created as a convenience for me, and made public here for those interested in meeting up. I will be presenting at the Electronic Literature after Flash roundtable and performing a Bot Choral at the MLA Off-Site E-Lit Reading.

If you want to get together, don’t hesitate to contact me by e-mail, Twitter (@leonardo_uprm), or Facebook. I also have a phone number, available to my Facebook friends at this link.

See you @ MLA!


I ♥ E-Poetry featured in “Critical Making in Digital Humanities” Archive

My scholarly blogging project has been featured in an archive curated by Roger Whitson and Dene Grigar, Critical Making in Digital Humanities. The concept of Critical making will be discussed in a special session at the MLA Convention, but Whitson and Grigar offer a great starting point in their resource. And judging from the quality of projects archived, it’s quite an honor to be featured in the launch of this timely resource!


Performance: A Bot Choral

On Friday, January 10, I’ll be participating in the ELO’s MLA Off-Site E-Lit Reading at the Flaxman Library in Chicago. Here’s a link to the Facebook event invitation.

And here’s a description of the part I’ll be involved in.


(listed in alphabetical order):

  • Leonardo Flores
  • Mark Sample
  • Zach Whalen
  • Roger Whitson


This 10-minute performance will feature four scholars reading from a Twitter stream set to feature the output of multiple bots, including some created by the scholars themselves. Each reader will select several bots to read out loud, and the reading sequence will be determined by the curated Twitter stream, which will be displayed live on screen. The resulting juxtapositions should be both humorous and thought-provoking, with the individual readers’ voices lending continuity to the bots. During the performance, there will be a few moments in which a reader focuses on the text generated by a single bot, in the tradition of a solo riff.

This fun performance should raise awareness of a growing emergent e-lit genre: the bot.


New NEH proposal: “A World of E-Literature”

Today I submitted an NEH Collaborative Research Grants proposal to collaboratively write 530 I Love E-Poetry entries and a book manuscript in a 3-year period. Here’s the 1000-character summary from the proposal, titled:

This project seeks to use the publication and metadata structure of I Love E-Poetry to collaboratively produce a manuscript for a book titled A World of E-Literature. The team consists of scholars who possess expertise in the e-literature produced in their respective country, language, or region. Initially, each contributor will write and publish 30 to 50 entries as they survey the field while creating a valuable reference for the publication’s growing audience. Then each scholar or team of scholars will use their entries as raw material to write a chapter for the manuscript. This will allow them to better formulate the poetics of e-literature in their national, language, and/or regional focus. The metadata for each entry will allow for the creation of data visualizations and will inform the introductory and concluding chapters which will examine global connections across language, regional, and national boundaries.

This project has attracted a dream team of early career scholars to contribute their expertise on e-lit from Africa, and e-lit produced in several languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Italian, French, and German. Here’s a list of participants, by role:

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A Shifting Electronic Text: Close Reading “White-Faced Bromeliads on 20 Hectares”


How does one closely read a work that changes before your eyes and can produce more variants than can be read in a lifetime?

My essay, “A Shifting Electronic Text: Close Reading White-Faced Bromeliads on 20 Hectares,” offers some suggestions to appreciate, play along with, or hack this e-poem by Loss Pequeño Glazier.

Here’s a link to Emerging Language Practices 2 (2012), from which you can download a free PDF copy of the essay, as well as discover other great work by influential scholars in the field.