“5 Haitis” by Simon Kerr

Screen capture from "5 Haitis" by Simon Kerr. The background is a poor village with houses made of wood on a dirt road which passes to the left of the houses and two men crossing each other in the road. One of the men is coming out of the river as he crosses the other guy. A river passes on the right side of the wooden houses. The foreground has three textboxes which has the profile of 2 dark skinned women one in each box and a man on the third one. The third box has unintelligile text. Text on the first box: Daily Chores / We must work hard / Guerda. The Lord / must continue to work and so / must we". Text in the Second box: "Daily Chores".
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This multimedia work about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti breathes life into the natural disaster by allowing readers to explore the stories of three characters who experienced it. The winner of the 2011 New Media Writing prize in the student category, this is a truly a work that arises from the logic of new media writing, seamlessly integrating elements of comics, narrative, cyberdrama, electronic literature, and videogames.

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“Welcome to Pine Point” by The Goggles

Screen capture from "Welcome to Pine Point" by The Goggles. Sky blue background with a hand in the foreground dropping a pencil-like object. Various lines of text to the left of the image but it is too small to read.
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This award-winning Web documentary about a short-lived mining town in Canada made the 2011 New Media Writing Award shortlist. A masterful, lovingly produced piece is challenging to categorize in terms of genre: is it a video (its interactivity and born-digital ontology make it difficult to label as “film”), memoir, narrative, poem, or an artistic website? As a multimedia work (using audio, video, text, images) that requires multimodal engagement (reading, listening, viewing, interaction) from its audience, it is fittingly multi-generic.

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“Loss of Grasp” by Serge Bouchardon and Vincent Volckaert

Screen capture of "Loss of Grasp" by Serge Bouchardon and Vincent Volckaert. A blurred picture of a blonde girl over a black background. Text: "Without my being aware of it, this stranger became my wife."
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“Hobo Lobo of Hamelin” by Stevan Živadinović

Screen capture from "Hobo Lobo of Hamelin" by Stevan Živadinović. Hobo Lobo and his dog walking through a wooded area of a village; two eyes stalk him from inside an old barrel. Text: "They had everything they could ever wish / for - with a healthy side-serving of strong moral / fibre - and yet their lives were not as fine and / dandy as they would've liked them to me."
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This comic strip narrative in prose and verse reinvents the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, but with a character called “Hobo Lobo.” Reimagining the comic strip using Scott McCloud’s notion of the “infinite canvas” the comic goes beyond the traditional implementation of a two-dimensional strip. The innovative aspect is that he uses layers to produce a three dimensional parallax effect when the reader scrolls and rethinks the panel by centering layers on adjacent segments on the strip, as he explains in his Parallaxer tutorial. The effect of these layers and panel transitions enhances narrative continuity in panel transitions by replacing the comics gutter with the more cinematic mise-en-scène.

Enjoy this fun retelling of the folktale in all its layers: politics, images, social issues, technology, media, genre, and more, keeping in mind that you’ll notice different things depending on what angle you view it from.

Featured in New Media Writing Prize 2012

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“Window” by Katharine Norman

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This multimedia poem is a profound meditation on place. Based on photographs and sound recordings taken from the same window over the course of a year, this work seeks to capture a sense of space for readers to enter. Norman directly credits John Cage as an inspiration for this piece— a musician interested in listening to ambient sounds and directing audiences to the same, as he did with his (in)famous 4’33”.

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“Pentimiento” by Jerome Fletcher

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This narrative poem is a fascinating type of hypertext because instead of having five primary nodes from which to follow linear threads it uses a layering interface for navigation. The reader, instead of clicking on links, scrapes away at images to reveal an image beneath, and can continue to scrape away until she reaches the end of that narrative thread. This allows readers to reveal more than one layer at a time, as pictured above in a screenshot of three layers in the introduction.


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“CityFish” by J. R. Carpenter

"CityFish" by J. R. Carpenter
“CityFish” by J. R. Carpenter

“He Said She Said” by Alan Bigelow

“My Summer Vacation” by Alan Bigelow


“On Lionel Kearns” by Jim Andrews

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