[Air-l] Electronic Literature Interactions Series to Launch Friday August 31st

Steve Jones sjones at uic.edu
Thu Aug 23 07:45:16 PDT 2001

Electronic Literature Interactions Series to Launch Friday August 31st


Dear Chicago Friends of Electronic Literature,

We're proud to announce the launch of the Interactions series.  This series
of events will bring together some of the most innovative artists working in
electronic literature with humanities scholars, who will lead audience and
author discussions of works shown. All four of the interactions series
events will take place here in Chicago.

The ELO's Interactions series kicks off Friday, Aug. 31st 7 P.M. at the
University of Illinois at Chicago's Student Services Building, Conference
Room B, 1200 W. Harrison (northwest corner of Harrison and Racine) with
"Newspoetry." Admission to the event is free.

Newspoetry <www.newspoetry.com> is an alternative online news source that
presents a poem or prose every day responding to
current news. The Urbana, Illinois-based writing collective's efforts
produce a unique and ongoing form of social history, commentary, satire, and
poetry. An ensemble reading will be performed by a group of newspoets
including founder William Gillespie, editor-until-chief Joseph Futrelle,
singer-songwriter Paul Kotheimer, Nicolle Ruth Neulist, Anne Bargar and
others. Following the reading a discussion of the work will be led by Notre
Dame University Associate Professor of English Steve Tomasula.

The Interactions series will continue in October, when the editors of the
kinetic poetry site "Poems That Go" <www.poemsthatgo.com> will be featured.
November 11th, as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, the 2001
Electronic Literature Award Winners John Cayley and Caitlin Fisher will read
at the Chicago Cultural Center. In January 2002, Shelley Jackson, author of
Patchwork Girl, <www.ineradicablestain.com> will read from the classic and
other works. Audio from the events will be archived on the ELO site.

The Interactions series is sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council, the
Chicago Humanities Festival, and the University of Illinois - Chicago
Communication Dept.



The Electronic Literature Organization <www.eliterature.org> is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization with a mission to promote and facilitate the writing,
reading, and publishing of literature designed for the electronic media.
Based in Chicago, the ELO is directed by a national board of leading experts
in electronic literature, technology, and publishing, and is additionally
advised by an international board of literary advisors. The ELO maintains
the Electronic Literature Directory and an Electronic Literature Web
Resource Center. The ELO is supported by the donations of individual
members, by corporate sponsorship and by foundations including the Ford



If the web site doesn't answer your questions about the Interactions series,
or for further info contact Scott Rettberg, ELO's Executive Director at
<773.769.3540> or <rettberg at eliterature.org>


Hope to see you on the evening of the 31st. Tell your friends!

All Best,


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