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:


  • 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.


  • 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 ( 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.

Presentación: “Los Niños de Ahora y la Literatura Electrónica: Preparación para el Siglo 21”

Mi ponencia “Los Niños de Ahora y la Literatura Electrónica: Preparación para el Siglo 21” está disponible en la Segunda Cumbre Internacional Los Padres de Ahora. Para más detalles, visiten I ♥︎ E-Poetry, donde he preparado un recurso descargable con más de 20 obras de literatura electrónica para niños de todas las edades. A continuación el video promocional (de 30 segundos).

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.


Towards a Geek Pedagogy: A Manifesto

Yesterday I published my first Buzzfeed listicle, titled “6 Critical Concepts We Can Learn From Star Wars.” This is a little project I’ve been mulling over for a while, and many of these ideas were first expressed in my classes. Prompted by the new film and the conversation around the series over the Winter break, I thought I’d harness the buzz around this particular bit of fandom to share some of these basic critical concepts. Continue reading “Towards a Geek Pedagogy: A Manifesto”

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.


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