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:

Project Directors:

  • Flores, Leonardo – Associate Professor of English, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus
  • Bordalejo, Bárbara – Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK; Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Advisory Board:

  • Berens, Kathi Inman – Lecturer, University of Southern California
  • Bigelow, Alan – Professor of Humanities, Medaille College
  • Marino, Mark – Associate Professor, University of Southern California, LA

Contributors:

  • Baillehache, Jonathan – Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
  • Carassai, Mauro – Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida
  • Fajardo, Luís Claudio – Assistant Professor,  Federal University of Juiz de Fora
  • Fedorova, Natalia – Associate Professor, St Petersburg State University
  • Gattass, Luciana, Post-doctoral Researcher, Rio de Janeiro State University
  • Huizar, Angélica, Old Dominion University
  • Morresi, Renata – Docenti, University of Padua
  • Nadkarni, Samira – Ph.D. Candidate, University of Aberdeen
  • Opoku-Agyemang, Kwabena, West Virginia University
  • Pawlicka, Urszula – Ph.D. Candidate, University of Warmia and Mazury
  • Pisarski, Mariusz – Research Associate, University of Warsaw
  • Weintraub, Scott – Assistant Professor, The University of New Hampshire
  • Zalbidea, Maya – Professor, CES Don Bosco
  • Zimmermann, Heiko – Lecturer in English Literature, University of Trier

Thank you, team members, for lending your expertise to this cause.

Let’s hope we get it!