The juries for “The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature,” “The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature,” and “The Marjorie C. Luesebrink Career Achievement Award” are comprised of award-winning international artists and scholars.
Jury for The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature
- Alan Bigelow’s digital stories for the web have appeared in Turbulence.org, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, FILE 2008/2009 (Rio de Janeiro), Root Division (San Francisco), E-Poetry 2007/2009 (Paris/Barcelona), FreeWaves.org, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and many other venues on and offline. Created in Flash and using images, text, audio, and video, these non-traditional narratives employ poetic and occasionally humorous/ironic metaphors. Often they make statements about contemporary life, culture, and politics. The stories are created for viewing on the web, but they can be (and have been) shown as gallery installations. In addition to teaching full-time at Medaille College, Alan Bigelow is a visiting online lecturer in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, UK. You can see his work at webyarns.com.
- Dene Grigar is Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver whose research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature, specifically building multimedial environments and experiences for live performance, installations, and curated spaces; desktop computers; and mobile media devices. She has authored 14 media works such as “Curlew” (2014), “A Villager’s Tale” (2011), the “24-Hour Micro E-Lit Project” (2009), “When Ghosts Will Die” (2008), and “Fallow Field: A Story in Two Parts” (2005), as well as 54 scholarly articles adn three books. She also curates exhibits of electronic literature and media art, mounting shows at the British Computer Society and the Library of Congress and for the Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA), among other venues. With Stuart Moulthrop (U of Wisconsin Milwaukee) she developed the methodology for documenting born digital media, a project that culminated in an open-source, multimedia book, entitled Pathfinders (2015), and book of media art criticism, entitled Traversals (2017), for The MIT Press. She is President of the Electronic Literature Organization, Associate Editor of Leonardo Reviews and Literary Studies in the Digital Age (LSDA), and a series editor for Electronic Literature, with Bloomsbury Press. In 2017 She was awarded the Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professorship by her university. She also directs the Electronic Literature Lab at WSUV.
- Claudia Kozak is a Doctor of Letters (UBA), Independent Researcher CONICET / Gino Germani Institute (UBA), with category I in the Incentive Program for Teachers-Researchers of the Ministry of Education. Full Professor in the Communication career and Deputy in the Careers of Letters of the University of Buenos Aires; Director of the Doctorate in Social Sciences of the National University of Entre Ríos. He is a member of the Academic Council of the Doctorate in Comparative Theory of Arts (UNTREF) and the Erasmus Mundus Masters “Crossways in Cultural Narratives”. Dictates postgraduate courses in different universities.He is a member of the editor group of Artefacto magazine. Thoughts about technique;director of Ludión. Argentine exploratory of poetics / technological policies (www.ludion.org) and coordinator of the Latin American Electronic Literature Network (http://litelat.net/). She has published the following books as compiler and author: Poetics / technological policies in Argentina -1910-2010- (La Hendija, 2014); Argentine technopoetics. Soft archive of art and technology (Caja Negra, 2012, second ed., 2015);Technological poetics, transdiscipline and society. Proceedings of the Ludión / Paragraphe International Seminar (Exploratorio Ludión, 2011); You demarcate. Essays on literature and its limits in the 20th century (Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2006); The clean walls say nothing (Libros del Quirquincho, 1991). As an individual author, she has published Against the Wall. On graffiti, graffiti and other urban interventions (Libros del Rojas, 2004) and the anthology Rock en letras (Libros del Quirquincho, 1990). Currently, she directs the UBACyT project “Latin American Technopoetics: Critical Archive of Art, Technology and Politics”, with the following research team: Jazmin Adler, Carmen Crouzeilles, Flavia Costa, Paula Croci, Aleli Jait, Pablo Farneda, Carlos Gradin, Pablo Katchadjian, Lila Pagola, Juan Pablo Ringelheim, Pablo Rodriguez, Ingrid Sarchman, Lucia Stubrin and Alejandra Torres.
The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature
- Andrew Klobucar is originally from Vancouver, but enjoys working in the New York area, as do many of his fellow Canadians. He works and researches in electronic literature, specializing in the use of algorithms and Natural Language Generation software in the literary arts. Other academic interests include the cultural analysis of social media, digital sound art, coding practices and education technology. He has published both critical and creative work in a variety of different digital formats. He is currently an Associate Professor at NJIT, Department of Humanities, and serves as the Director for the department’s graduate degree program in Professional and Technical Communication. Some Recent Publications include “The Aesthetics of Usage,” Crayon 5 (Fall 2008), “Artifice and Intelligence,” TCR: The Capilano Review 2.50 (Winter 2007), “Bird is the Word: Electronic Knowledge,” Backflash, (Fall 2005), GUI Sunday. Flash Essay. CD ROM Publication. Artspeak Gallery: Vancouver, 2003.
- John Cayley has practiced as a poet, translator, publisher, and bookdealer, and all these activities have been influenced by his training in Chinese language and culture. Details of his internationally recognized writing in networked and programmable media may be found on his personal website http://programmatology.shadoof.net. Cayley published Ink Bamboo, a book of poems, translations and adaptations with Agenda Editions, London, in 1996 but afterwards worked chiefly in digital media, winning, in 2001, the Electronic Literature Organization’s inaugural Award for Poetry. In 2015 Cayley published a book bringing together original ‘supply’ texts and works composed from generated poetic language, Image Generation (London, Veer). Before coming to Brown in 2007, Cayley taught at a number of universities in the United Kingdom, and was an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of English, Royal Holloway College, University of London. In the United States, he has taught or directed research at the University of California San Diego and as a visitor to Brown in 2003 and 2005. Recent work has investigated ambient poetics in programmable media and writing for immersive stereo 3D audiovisual environments (the ‘Cave’ and now also the ‘YURT’). A major ongoing collaboration with Daniel C. Howe (http://thereadersproject.org) explores aestheticized vectors of reading and ‘writing to be found’ within and against the services of Big Data and Big Software. In future work he aims to compose for a readership that is as much aural as visual. Cayley is also well known as a theorist in the field of digital literary practice and links to his critical writing can be followed from his website.
- Anna Nacher is Assistant professor at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts of the Jagiellonian University (Department of Audiovisual Media). Her scientific interests focus on the theory of media in the perspective of culture studies, sound research, media art, e-literature, and video games in artistic strategies. Current topics of own research: new generation media (hybrid space, location media, internet of things), post-digital imaging aesthetics (virtual reality, automated imaging). In the years 2009 – 2013 she coordinated a new interdisciplinary specialization (video game design) realized at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts of the Jagiellonian University in cooperation with the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of the Jagiellonian University, financed by the European Social Fund under the Operational Program HUMAN CAPITAL, Sub-measure 4.1.1 Strengthening the didactic potential of the university. Currently, specialization courses in this field are part of the study program in the field of film studies and knowledge about new media. She was the head of post-graduate studies for teachers of the second subject (Knowledge about culture), ICT and foreign languages financed from ESF funds (220 students) in 2006/2007 – 2007/2008. She has also served as Secretary of the editorial staff of the “Cultural Review,” from 2012 a member of the Main Board of the Polish Cultural Studies Society.
The Marjorie C. Luesebrink Career Achievement Award
- Stephanie Strickland is a poet living in New York City. She has published eight volumes of print poetry and co-authored eleven digital poems. Her files and papers are being collected by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book And Manuscript Library at Duke University. Strickland was born in Detroit, lived for five years in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and attended Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. She studied at Harvard University (A.B. 1963), Sarah Lawrence College (M.F.A. 1979), and Pratt Institute (M.S. 1984). From 1978-1990, she worked at the Sarah Lawrence College Library as Head of Access Services, Automated Services Librarian, and Women’s Studies Reference Specialist. She served on the Board of the Hudson Valley Writers’ Centerfrom 1983-1995 and 1999-2005 and as editor at Slapering Hol Press from 1990-2005. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization. Strickland held the 2002 McEver Chair in Writing at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she created, curated and produced the TechnoPoetry Festival 2002. Other invited appointments have included Distinguished Visiting Writer at Boise State University; Hugo Visiting Writer at University of Montana Missoula, Visiting Poet in Residence at Columbia College Chicago; and Visiting Poet in Residence in the MFA-PhD program at the University of Utah. Strickland presented at the &NOW Festival in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011, and frequently at the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA). She co-edited volume 1 of the Electronic Literature Organization’s Electronic Literature Collection and the Fall 2007 issue of the Iowa Review Web, Multi-Modal Coding.
- Jeremy Hight is an artist/theorist/information designer/writer/photographer/musician/editor/curator (and hates the need for so many hyphens but works in a range of fields). His essay “Narrative Archaeology” was named one of the 4 primary texts in locative media and he created locative narrative in the project “34 North 118 West”. His works in different fields have been shown in museums, galleries and festivals internationally and in locations in the landscape. He has published roughly 30 essays, articles and book chapters on locative media, new media, augmented reality, interface design, immersive educational tools, spatial internet applications, language theory and art. He is getting serious about photography after it being a hobby for many years and has been in a few exhibits with still photos and narrative animations built from his photographs. He feels like he is just starting out and has many larger goals and ambitions in showing the creativity of science and the scientific elements within art as well as the possibilities of fusing philosophy, creative writing and critical theory.
- Scott Rettberg is an American digital artist and scholar of electronic literature based in Bergen, Norway. He is the co-founder and served as the first Executive Director of the Electronic Literature Organization. In June 2016, at the annual Electronic Literature Organization conference at the University of Victoria, Rettberg’s collaboration with Roderick Coover, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project, won the 2016 Robert Coover Award for the best work of electronic literature of any length or genre. Rettberg is a Professor of Digital Culture in the Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has co-edited a number of academic collections, including Electronic Literature Communities. Rettberg was the project leader of the HERA-Funded ELMCIP research project (2010-13), and is the director of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base. Rettberg became known as an author of hypertext fiction in the 1990s. His first major project was the collaborative web novel The Unknown, A Hypertext Novel, which was written in collaboration with William Gillespie, Dirk Stratton, and Frank Marquadt, and won the trAce/Alt-X Hypertext Competition 1998. It was also featured in the Electronic Literature Collection Vol. 2, and has been analysed by a number of scholars. Rettberg’s cinematic collaboration with Roderick Coover, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project, received the Robert Coover Award in 2016. The annual award is given by the Electronic Literature Organization each year in recognition of an outstanding work of electronic literature.