Robert Arellano

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Robert Arellano
Robert Arellano live on KLDK.jpg
Arellano, live on KLDK
Born (1969-07-12) July 12, 1969 (age 45)
Nationality American
Other names Bob Arellano
Alma mater Brown University, Bachelor (1991) and Masters (1994) degrees
Occupation Author, musician and educator
Employer Brown University
Organization Electronic Literature Organization; Center for Emerging Media and Digital Arts, Southern Oregon University
Known for The Internet's first hyperzine, LSD-50; the World Wide Web's first hypertext novel, Sunshine ’69; international music exchanges with Cuba; guitarist with Will Oldham

Robert Arellano (born July 12, 1969) is an American author, musician and educator. His literary production includes pioneering work in electronic publishing, graphic-novel editions for Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint, and four novels published by Akashic Books.

Life[edit]

Arellano was born in 1969 and raised in Summit, New Jersey. After earning both Bachelor (1991) and Masters (1994) degrees from Brown University, he taught for a decade on Brown's Literary Arts faculty. In 1993 he used Storyspace to publish the Internet's first hyperzine, LSD-50, on a Gopher server. In 1996, Sonicnet serialized his groundbreaking hypertext novel Sunshine ’69 on the World Wide Web. Arellano is a founding member of the Literary Advisory Board of the Electronic Literature Organization and founding director of the Center for Emerging Media and Digital Arts at Southern Oregon University.

His most recent novel, Curse the Names, about a reporter living and working in Los Alamos, New Mexico[1] was published in 2012 by Akashic. He has published fiction and essays in Jane, The Believer, Tin House, and The Village Voice.

Works[edit]

the World Wide Web's first interactive novel,[3] Sunshine 69
collaboration with artists William Schaff, Richard Schuler, and Alec Thibodeau on a graphic-novel tribute to Mexican comic books
Nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America,[4]

Music[edit]

As Bob Arellano, he has played guitar with Will Oldham (a.k.a Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) on the albums I See a Darkness and Joya as well as in performance and on recordings with Papa M (David Pajo), Jodie Jean Marston, the Pathetics and Havanarama. In March of 2000, Arellano organized an international music exchange in Havana and Pinar del Rio, Cuba called "Rock the Blockade"[5] featuring Cuban performers in concert with Will Oldham, Papa M, Speed to Roam, and Havanarama.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romancito, Rick, Tickling theDragon, Tempo Magazine, The Taos News, March 15–21, 2012
  2. ^ Coover, Robert, 'And Hypertext Is Only the Beginning. Watch Out!' New York Times Book Review, August 29, 1993
  3. ^ Ciccarello, Lisa. "Swiveling My Hips through the Interbunk (And Having a Great Time, Too)". Pif Magazine: January, 2000.
  4. ^ 2010 Edgar Award Nominations for Best Paperback Original — Thrillers, Horror, and Comics
  5. ^ Havanarama - Rock The Blockade: 2000 Incorruptible (CD) at Discogs