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This scholarly blog was launched on December 19, 2011 as a constraint to read and critically reflect upon a work of e-poetry every day, leading me to revisit known works, discover new ones, and expand my knowledge of this emergent poetic genre. Its initial performance was a continuous run of 500 daily entries, completed on May 2, 2013. In support of its mission, it now has an advisory board, a team of collaborators, and new Calls for Postings, as part of its ongoing Phase 2.
This project is designed as an encyclopedic resource on e-poetry, with concise entries that provide poetic, technological, and theoretical contexts, close readings of the poems, and some strategies for readers to approach the work. Its goal is to broaden the audience base for e-literature, both within and outside of academia. In order to extend its potential audiences, the blog broadcasts its content on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
I ♥ E-Poetry is developing a worldwide audience, receiving over 130,000 visits since its launch and approximately 3,000 visits per month. It has been adopted in courses, used in comprehensive exam lists, reviewed in scholarly websites, is fully integrated with the ELMCIP Knowledge Base—a multinational research project funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), and it is part of the Consortium of Electronic Literature (CELL).
And it has been well received:
- “The project not only catalogs e-lit but also makes a major contribution to the scholarly apparatus for talking about it.” Jacket2, March 27, 2015.
- “The sustained curatorial work of I ♥ E-Poetry has been one of the inspirations behind Around DH.” Around DH in 80 Days, June 24, 2014.
- 1st runner up in “Best DH project for public audiences” 2013 Digital Humanities Award.
- It is featured in the Critical Making in the Digital Humanities project.
- 1st runner up in “Best Blog, Article or DH Publication” 2012 DH Awards.
- I ♥ E-Poetry is “a living, growing catalog of priceless short overviews and links to work that without it would slowly fall into oblivion.” Mariusz Pisarski. Techsty, December 1, 2013.
- “a superheroic one-every-day series.” Judy Malloy. “July 2012 Featured Link” on Authoring Software.
If you have any questions, feedback, requests for coverage, would like to contribute, and/or wish to join the team, contact me.
I ♥ E-Poetry has been generously supported by the following institutions and programs:
- The Fulbright Scholars Program, which funded via the US Norway Fulbright Foundation allowed me to dedicate the 2012-13 academic year to teaching & researching e-literature in the Digital Culture Program at the University of Bergen (UiB).
- The College of Arts & Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez (UPRM), which has granted me research release time to continue developing I ♥ E-Poetry (Fall 2013 to present).
- The NEH Digital Humanities Startup funded project “Synapse: A Search Engine for Electronic Literature” led by Sandy Baldwin, which has allowed I ♥ E-Poetry to better integrate within the Consortium of Electronic Literature (CELL) (2014 to present).