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:
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.
My proposed Studies in Literature course has been approved by my Department’s Graduate Committee and has been scheduled for the Spring 2015 semester. If you’re interested, here’s the proposal.
Today (December 3, 2013 at 10:30-12:00 in Chardón 318) I’m giving a talk to UPRM Undergraduate and Graduate students about external funding for their graduate studies and beyond. You can see the embedded Prezi for the talk below:
Last Saturday, there was a 4-hour long gathering in Boston with networked participants from around the world organized by Darius Kazemi, called the Bot Summit. And we talked about bots. Here’s a link to Kazemi’s documentation of the event, including a recording of the G+ video stream, the IRC chat logs, and deep links to the different talks and topics during the event. Here’s a direct link to my talk about Bots and the I ♥ E-Poetry resource I created for it.
I was recently interviewed by Daniele Giampà for his blog Electronic Literature Review. The interview format consisted of five substantial questions and he was generous in providing me abundant time to answer them. Here are the questions:
- Leonardo Flores you are running a project called I ♥ E-Poetry and in the year 2010 you wrote your phd dissertation titled “Typing the Dancing Signifier: Jim Andrews’ (Vis)Poetics.” When and why did you start studying e-poetry?
- Writing poetry with digital tools sets completely new paradigms for both poets and readers. Where do you see the main differences between authors of printed texts and digital born works and, with regard to the reader, how do new media tools change the aesthetics of literature?
- Would you say that e-poetry and electronic literature in general are literary experiments?
- What could you tell us about the actual status of the science of electronic literature? Is there a literature canon, a defined terminology or methodology? And how important is it for a scientist to have an institution?
- On your webpage you can read: “His research areas are electronic literature, poetry, and digital preservation of first generation electronic objects.” What would you say are the main issues regarding the preservation of electronic/digital literature works?
Read the interview to learn about what led me to e-poetry, my thoughts on electronic literature, research methods for its study, Digital Humanities projects around e-lit, and digital preservation of born-digital literature.
Screenshot of UPRM Front Page
I am honored to be featured in my University’s front page, with an article and television interview on its Foro Colegial show, currently airing on WORA TV (below). Many thanks to Mariam Ludim for the TV interview, Rebecca Carrero for the essay, and the graphic designer Juan Alberto García for the gorgeous original art for the piece. And my heartfelt thanks to all who have been so supportive of this wonderful experience.
Wordle from Flores y Compañía site.
I am seeking to recruit 2-4 new interns to help me develop several digital humanities research projects. The internships are unpaid, but you can receive credit for it by enrolling in INTD 4995, and gain valuable 21st century skills in the process.
The work will involve developing and tagging files with metadata, working on link structures, describing born-digital materials, learning how to use open-source software like WordPress, Drupal, and Omeka to build collections, knowledge bases, and resources, preparing data sets for visualizations using Gephi, and other related Digital Humanities work.
After completing the course, students should be able to:
- use software like WordPress, Drupal, Omeka, and Gephi
- encode files according to standardized metadata schema
- analyze the structure of collections and knowledge bases
- become conversant in the discourse of Digital Humanities
- develop resources to contribute to the research projects
Students enrolled in 3 credits will need to dedicate 9 hours per week to the project, but you’ll be able to do the work wherever you like, as long as you have a computer and Internet access. We will have weekly 60 minute-long team meetings to report on progress and assign tasks. You can take this course twice for up to 6 credits during your studies at UPRM. For more information, such as the activities being done this semester, visit my internship website.
If you’re interested, contact me (email@example.com) so I can interview you and/or write a letter of invitation.
The video embedded below is my presentation titled “E-Poetry as Code & Data Remix” for Repurposing in Electronic Literature at the DIG Gallery in Košice, Slovakia on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
Visit I ♥ E-Poetry for the resource used in this presentation.
These are my notes for my guest lecture to Dr. Cathy Mazak’s Research Methods class on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. My talk will focus on research methods based on data, including how to find and harvest data from blogs and other Web 2.0 applications and how to study that data through visualizations.
- Context: my research
- Visualization (sidebar)
- Electronic Literature
- Close Reading 2.0
- Code Studies
- Resource: “Born-Digital Literature for a Born-Digital Generation“
- Digital Humanities:
- Preservation of Born-Digital Literature
- Building Resources (see Flores y CIA)
- Blog: I ♥ E-Poetry
- Presentation: Visualizing I ♥ E-Poetry
- Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
- Wordle (http://www.wordle.net)
- Gephi (https://gephi.org/)
- Gephi Wiki
- Jill Walker Rettberg’s Gephi Tutorial
- Scott Rettberg’s visualizations: Critical Writing Referencing Creative Works
- Markov Chains
- Adam Parrish, “N-Grams and Markov Chains“
- Dr. Nerve’s Markov page
- Data Sources:
- ELMCIP Knowledge Base (http://elmcip.net/knowledgebase)
- Digital Public Library of America
- Google Ngram viewer
- Twitter API
- What are your data sources?