ELL Welcomes Two ELO Fellows

The Electronic Literature Lab welcomes two Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) Fellows in 2019-2020. They are Dr. Amy Spencer, a post-doctoral research assistant at Bath Spa University in the UK, and Julia Polyck-O’Neill, a Canadian artist, curator, critic, and writer completing her doctorate in Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program. Both researchers will work under the mentorship of Dr. Dene Grigar to document works of electronic literature featured in the lab’s Traversal events in the organization’s scholarly ELD and in Wikipedia. Both are funded by Grigar in support of the lab.

ELO Fellows is a new initiative by the Electronic Literature Organization aimed at supporting early career scholars interested in developing a critical understanding of born digital literature and gaining access to mentorship and leadership opportunities in ELO. The program is designed to train editors and scholars from around the world, as a necessary complement to the curators and creators that have always been the Organization’s forte. A total of eight ELO Fellows were selected in a competitive pool of applications. Each receives a stipend and membership in ELO and are recognized at the banquet at the forthcoming ELO conference in Cork, Ireland.


Julia Polyck-O’Neill is a Canadian artist, curator, critic, and writer. She is a SSHRC-funded doctoral candidate in Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program. She teaches in art history and contemporary visual culture, and from 2017-18 was a visiting lecturer and scholar in the Obama Institute for transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. She is also an award-winning emerging scholar in digital humanities, where she focuses on digital art history and visual culture.


Dr. Amy Spencer is a post-doctoral research assistant at Bath Spa University in the UK. She has an MA in English from King’s College London and a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, where her research focused on understanding the process of collaborative authorship in digital writing. She recently worked at UWE Bristol as a post-doctoral research fellow as part of the Ambient Literature Research Project and her current research address the affordance of mobile technologies for telling stories. Amy writes both fiction and non-fiction and is the author of DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture.

Dene Grigar is Director and Professor of the CMDC Program. She specializes in electronic literature, emerging technologies and cognition, and ephemera.