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:

Continue reading


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.


Bot Summit

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.



Electronic Literature Review (ELR) Interview


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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. Would you say that e-poetry and electronic literature in general are literary experiments?
  4. 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?
  5. 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.


UPRM Front Page & TV Spot

Screenshot of UPRM Front Page

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.