Goodbye ELO Board of Directors: Hello LAB and New Initiatives

Image of me holding a quilt that spells LEO along with several fellow ELO Board Members
At ELO Italia, the Board presented me with the LEO quilt, a play on the ELO logo. Quilt created by Anastasia Salter.

As of today, I am no longer part of the Electronic Literature Organization’s Board of Directors.

The reason is simple: since I joined in January 2014, I have renewed my board membership twice, and feel like three 3-year terms is enough time to dedicate to help lead an organization, so I didn’t apply to renew for a fourth term. In these 9 years, I have had the honor of serving as Treasurer, Vice President, and President. And now I will continue to serve the ELO as an engaged, supportive member, and as part of the Literary Advisory Board (LAB). I am super grateful for my colleagues in the Board for their friendship and support all these years. The ELO is in good hands under their care!

And now, I will turn my energies to other efforts that could use my leadership skills, such as helping Lit(e)Lat (the Latin American electronic literature network) formalize as an organization, or perhaps starting a new Spanish language ‘zine to publish creative work, or enhancing the work I do as part of the Taper Editorial Collective. Or maybe I’ll take a little break from leadership (I get plenty in my day job as Chair of a huge English department) and be available to help with initiatives that need me. Whatever the case, I am here for our organizations and communities.

¡Aquí, a la orden (Here, at your service)!

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By Leonardo Flores

Professor Leonardo Flores is Chair of the English Department at Appalachian State University. He taught at the English Department at University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez Campus from 1994 to 2019. He is President of the Electronic Literature Organization. He was the 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen in Norway. His research areas are electronic literature and its preservation via criticism, documentation, and digital archives. He is the creator of a scholarly blogging project titled I ♥ E-Poetry, co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3, and has a Spanish language e-lit column in 80 Grados. He is currently co-editing the first Anthology of Latin American Electronic Literature. For more information on his current work, visit