Spring 2014 Interns

I [minion] e-poetryThis Spring 2014 semester, I had the pleasure of working with a group of 5 interns enrolled in my Digital Humanities Internship course, and Ian Rolón, a volunteer from the Fall 2013 semester. Together, they worked on activities such as:

  • Developing Web presence for La Feria Internacional del Libro.
  • Developing posters, resources, presentations, and outreach activities for I ♥ E-Poetry at the Feria Internacional del Libro.
  • Helping organize and host the E-Poetry 2014 Intensive.
  • Developing an A to Z by Title Index for I ♥ E-Poetry.
  • Fine-tuning all I ♥ E-Poetry entries to follow the same template.
  • Developing resource pages and linking entries back to them.
  • Writing descriptive alt-text tags for all images at I ♥ E-Poetry to meet W3C Accessibility standards.
  • Writing new I ♥ E-Poetry entries, which will be posted all of next week.

Here’s a brief profile for each intern for this semester, in alphabetical order:

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New Series: E-Lit for ESL


The purpose of the E-Lit for ESL series– a branch of the E-Lit Pedagogy CFP– is to offer teaching resources for ESL based on the works featured in I ♥ E-Poetry. These materials will consist on highly adaptable lesson plans which seek to:

  • develop proficiency in any of the four basic language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking),
  • introduce grammar structures and vocabulary, and
  • integrate digital literacy in high school and college ESL classrooms.

These lesson plans are designed to be modular, describing activities without predetermined time periods, in order to make them adaptable to multiple environments– age groups, proficiency levels, course objectives, and educational contexts. Teachers will be able to select the activities they want to implement and decide whether a task can be performed during a class session or as an assignment.

We welcome feedback and suggestions on how to improve these lesson plans. Please use the Contact form to do so.

New Contributor: Lauren Pérez Mangonez

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I ♥ E-Poetry welcomes its new contributor: Lauren Pérez Mangonez.

Lauren Pérez is a certified teacher of English and Spanish, graduated from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia. She is a Research Assistant at the University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez Campus), where she is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English Education; her thesis is about the use of E-literature in the ESL classroom. She loves horror, sci-fi and fantasy literature, and of course, E-Poetry.

Lauren’s passion for e-lit pedagogy will enrich this resource with lesson plans designed to address ESL (English as a Second Language) and general education needs.

2013 Digital Humanities Awards Results

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For the second year in a row, I ♥ E-Poetry is the first runner up in the Digital Humanities Awards, this time in the “Best DH project for public audiences” category. Here’s a link to the official results.

This accomplishment couldn’t have been possible without its fabulous team: the Advisory Board which suggested changes that led to our current expansion into a collaborative effort, the contributors who freely lend their expertise and insight to the project, and the interns whose behind-the-scenes work help develop this resource. Here’s the I ♥ E-Poetry team:

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New Contributor: Jonathan Baillehache

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I ♥ E-Poetry welcomes its new contributor, Jonathan Baillehache.

Jonathan Baillehache is an Assistant Professor of French at the department of Romance Languages at the University of Georgia, where he teaches French Literature, Electronic Literature, and Video Games. His research focuses on translation studies and new media studies. His current book project explores the relationship between textuality and computing in the context of the radical remediation of literature by authors of electronic-literature and digital humanists. In collaboration with the Digital Humanities Lab, he is currently building the Digital Arts Library, a library dedicated to the preservation, research and teaching of video games and electronic literature at UGA.

His research in the rich traditions of French electronic literature and video games will help expand I ♥ E-Poetry’s scope into other languages and cultures.

I ♥ E-Poetry Nominated for 2013 DH Awards

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Vote for I ♥ E-Poetry in the 2013 Digital Humanities Awards.

I ♥ E-Poetry has been nominated for the 2013 Digital Humanities Awards in the “Best DH project for public audiences” category.

Last year, I ♥ E-Poetry competed in 2012 DH Awards and was the first runner up in the “Best DH blog, article, or short publication” category. Back in 2012, the project was a bit different– a blogging performance in which I read an e-poem and wrote about it every day in a minimalist Tumblr designed for serendipitous or serial exploration. But 2013 saw several changes, especially when I concluded Phase 1 on May 2, 2013. Following the guidance offered by my Advisory Board, I moved the site to WordPress, changed its URL to iloveepoetry.com, and started to develop resources for audiences to better access the knowledge base it had become. I also opened it up to collaboration and guest entries with five CFPs, launching Phase Two, which brought in new contributors from around the world. For a detailed recap of the year, read I ♥ E-Poetry: Year Two Retrospective.

If you are new to this resource, read the About page, get to know its team, and explore its menu and sidebars, both of which offer deep access to its over 570 entries. Explore I ♥ E-Poetry and discover our loving obsession with language and how it inhabits digital spaces.

And if you like what it has to offer, support it with your vote.

Thank you!

Leonardo Flores, PhD


I ♥ E-Poetry Fall 2013 Interns

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Fall 2013 Interns: Cynthia Román and Ian Rolón

During the Fall 2013 semester, I ♥ E-Poetry was graced by its first generation of interns: students enrolled in an interdisciplinary course titled INTD 4995, which I titled “Digital Humanities Internship.” The two remarkable students enrolled in this course had to complete a series of tasks which helped restore I ♥ E-Poetry to full functionality and expanded its resources. In exchange, they earned college credits for learning and developing 21st century skills in the Digital Humanities. Here’s a list of the tasks assigned to them.

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Jetpack 2013 Report

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Visitor location visualization

I received an e-mail from WordPress.com’s Jetpack service, which offers site analytics, publicity, and other features– including a year-end report. Here’s a link to the full report, which accounts for data accumulated since early May 2013. It’s not as thorough as the reports published on site visits and visitor locations, but it’s an insightful and user friendly report. Enjoy!

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I ♥ E-Poetry Visitor Location

Locations Stats from May 2013 to December 2013
Visits to I ♥ E-Poetry (at http://iloveepoetry.com) using WordPress pageview data from May to December 2013, click on image to see Google Analytics visualization based on site visits.

To follow up on yesterday’s entry celebrating I ♥ E-Poetry’s second anniversary, I’d like to share some data about where our readers come from. In the visualization above, we can see some of the top locations calculated from May 2 to December 23, 2013. It is important to note two things: the report generated by the WordPress Jetpack plugin are based on pageviews, which is a higher number from site visits, in part because visitors tend to visit at least two pages, on average. The visualization below is generated by Google Analytics and is based on site visits to http://leonardoflores.net (the old I ♥ E-Poetry URL) from December 2011 to July 2013.

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I ♥ E-Poetry: Year Two Retrospective

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I ♥ E-Poetry is two years old!

When I started this project back in December 19, 2011 I thought of it as a kind of public annotated bibliography of electronic poetry, powered by a simple, yet ambitious constraint: to read an e-poem and write a brief entry about it every day. And I did it for 500 consecutive days— what I now call phase 1 of the project. Along the way, I started to cultivate a steadily growing readership, almost won an award, recruited an advisory board, formed a partnership with the ELMCIP Knowledge Base, reconceptualized and relaunched the project, joined the Consortium of Electronic Literature (CELL), and attracted a team of contributors and interns to help me develop I ♥ E-Poetry.

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