Meet the Conference Team

Deena Larsen
Deena is artist in residence at the Electronic Literature Lab, has been in the digital literature field for decades. Her goal in life is to ensure everyone can enjoy the fascinating possibilities in hypertext/new media/digital stories/and more. Deena has authored over 30 works of electronic literature, including Marble Springs (Eastgate Systems 1993 and revamped 2013), one of the first interactive works of story-poetry, Samplers (Eastgate Systems 1997), Disappearing Rain, and more recelty The Water Seller with Faith Bassey (New River 2023). She has collaborated on works with other artists, ran workshops and other forums from 1997 to the present, and is currently running the Second Tuesday Salon and the Third Thursday Women Electronic Literature Writers in Wikipedia Project.
Dene Grigar
Dene is Founder and Director of the Electronic Literature Lab. She also serves as the Director of the Creative Media & Digital Technology Program at Washington State University Vancouver, with research focusing 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 or co-authored 14 media works, such as Curlew (with Greg Philbrook, 2014), “A Villager's Tale” (with Brett Oppegaard, 2011), the “24-Hour Micro-Elit Project” (2009), as well as six books and over 60 articles. She curates exhibits of electronic literature and media art, mounting shows at the Library of Congress and for the Modern Language Association, among other venues. She serves as Associate Editor for Leonardo Reviews. For the Electronic Literature Organization she served as President from 2013-2019 and currently as its Managing Director and Curator of The NEXT. Her website is located at
Samya Brata Roy
Samya is a PhD Scholar at the School of Liberal Arts, IIT Jodhpur. He is associated as a Fellow with Digital Humanities Research Hub (School of Advanced Study, University of London), Electronic Literature Organization and as Research Associate with DAS|LAB (University of Regensburg). His interests and publications lie in and around Visual Culture, Electronic Literature, Videogame Studies and Digital Humanities. He has curated/peer-reviewed both digital/electronic art exhibits and scholarly outputs. He co-founded Electronic Literature India and his other roles include being a member of the Intersectional Inclusion Task Force with the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations, Technical Advisory Member with Humanities Commons, an Executive board member with Digital Humanities Alliance for Research and Teaching Innovations and a liaison with The Association for Computers and the Humanities.
Lyle Skains
Lyle is an award-winning researcher and creative practitioner in Creative Digital Writing and Science Communication. She conducts practice-based research into writing, reading/playing, publishing digital and transmedia narratives, and how these can be used for health and science communication. Her recent digital fiction includes 'No World 4 Tomorrow' for the You & CO2 project, and 'Only, Always, Never' for the Infectious Storytelling project; both works were designed to effect social change. She is the founder of Wonderbox Publishing, which publishes speculative digital fiction, aiming to explore innovations in digital and online publishing and creativity. She is also the coordinator of the New Media Writing Prize, and an editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, volume 4. Her digital fiction can be found at; articles in Convergence, Digital Creativity, and Computers and Composition; and books with Cambridge UP (Digital Authorship), Emerald (Using Interactive Digital Narrative for Health and Science Communication) and Bloomsbury (Neverending Stories: The Popular Emergence of Digital Fiction).
Vashti Suwa Gbolagun
Vashti has a PhD in Creative writing from Salford University, Manchester. Her creative works include personal and collective lived experiences recreated in short stories and poems. Vashti is currently working on making her short stories available to the Nigerian youth electronically.
Astrid Ensslin
Astrid is Professor of "Dynamiken virtueller Kommunikationsräume" (literal translation: "Dynamics of Virtual Communication Spaces") at University of Regensburg. She previously held full professorships at the University of Wales (Bangor), the University of Alberta (Canada) and the University of Bergen (Norway). Her research and teaching sit at the multiple intersections between digital media and game studies, cultural studies, literary studies, and applied linguistics. Her key publications and research projects focus on digital fiction and literary computer games, body image and digital media, critical community co-design and narrative therapy, discourses of gaming, the spatial design and narrative potential of virtual realities, as well as in methods of digital humanities and empirical reader research. She is currently developing new decolonial and postcomparative approaches to researching literary media ("Electronic LiteratureS") with a special focus on India.
Scott Weintraub
Scott es Profesor de literatura latinoamericana en el Departamento de Lenguas, Literaturas y Culturas de la University of New Hampshire. Es autor o co-editor de más de doce libros y números especiales de revistas académicas, incluso a Juan Luis Martínez’s Philosophical Poetics, el primer estudio en inglés sobre el poeta (Bucknell UP, 2014; traducción de Cuarto Propio, 2019), La última broma de Juan Luis Martínez: no sólo ser otro sino escribir la obra del otro (Cuarto Propio, 2014), y Latin American Technopoetics: Scientific Explorations in New Media (Routledge, 2018). Ha publicado artículos en revistas arbitradas en Estados Unidos, Canadá, América Latina y Europa, y junto con Luis Correa-Díaz editó Latin American Digital Poetics (Palgrave, 2023) y Poéticas y poesías digitales/electrónicas/tecnos/New-Media en América Latina: Definiciones y exploraciones (Bogotá: Ediciones Universidad Central, 2016) entre otros libros. También ha editado varios números especiales de, y dossiers en, revistas académicas sobre temas tales como la relación problemática entre la literatura y la filosofía en España y América Latina, la poesía vanguardista, y la literatura electrónica en Latinoamérica, España y Portugal. Actualmente es Director de la revista académica A Contracorriente: una revista de estudios latinoamericanos.
Hannah Ackermans
Hannah is a postdoctoral researcher within the Center for Digital Narrative at the University of Bergen. Their dissertation research dealt with the interfaces of electronic literature as a form of digital humanities. Ackermans' postdoctoral research investigates the role of embodiment and (dis)ability in electronic literature's functioning, accounting for both the bodymind of the implied reader and the potential diversity of readers' bodyminds.
Erik Zepka
Erik is a scientific and cultural researcher specializing in biology, data science, open access and creative technology. He is currently engaged in Covid research at the University of Barcelona. He has presented his work globally whether as scientist (Tongji University, Engineers.SG, MIT, Curiosity Collider, Innovation Labs @ Microsoft, New York University, DeTao Institute), theorist (Furtherfield, Publication Studio, V&A Museum, Transfer Gallery, Pearl Art Museum, VIVO Press), artist (Tate Modern, Videographe, ISEA, Nabi Museum, Pikselfest, The Whitney Museum), or interdisciplinary researcher (Simon Fraser University, Neutral Ground, University of Victoria, Shanghaitech, Tentacles Gallery, MLA Conference). He is the founding president of the Open Science Network and the founder of the international research production system XOX Labs.
Holly Slocum
Holly is Project Manager and Senior Designer in the Electronic Literature Lab (ELL). She completed her B.A. in Digital Technology and Culture and specializes in user experience design, front-end web development, and digital preservation. Her work includes the reconstitution of several pieces of electronic literature, including Richard Holeton's hypertext novel Figurski at Findhorn on Acid, Bill Bly's We Descend, and Deena Larsen's 17 hypertext kanji-ku poems. She also designed and manages the development of The NEXT, a multimedia museum and archive space owned by Electronic Literature Organization (ELO). Holly also serves as the Coordinator for ELO and designer for The Digital Review.
Greg Philbrook
Greg graduated from the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program and now works as the program's information and instructional technician. As a developer, he headed the creation of Electronic Literature Organization's (ELO) The NEXT and has produced the catalog for the Electronic Literature Lab (ELL). He participates in the preservation projects in ELL and has collaborated with media artists, Dene Grigar on “Curlew,” and John Barber on “Sound Spheres.” He has also served as the technical support at exhibitions curated by Grigar at the Library of Congress, ELO, Modern Language Association, and Digital Humanities Summer Institute.