Electronic Literature Organization

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The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) is a nonprofit organization "established in 1999 to promote and facilitate the writing, publishing, and reading of electronic literature".[1]


Founded by Scott Rettberg, Robert Coover, and Jeff Ballowe, the ELO moved from Chicago to UCLA in 2001 where it was supported by UCLA's English, SINAPSE, and Design|Media Arts departments. It then moved to the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006 where it was supported by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (under the direction of Matthew Kirschenbaum). It is currently coordinated from MIT under the leadership of Nick Montfort.[1]


The activities of the organisation include:

  • A series of conferences
  • Maintaining the Electronic Literature Directory, a listing of electronic works and their authors.
  • Publishing the Electronic Literature Collection, an edited anthology of electronic literature. The first volume was released under a Creative Commons licence in 2006.
  • Preservation, Archiving, and Dissemination (PAD) project to archive notable and threatened works.
  • Holding the 2001 Electronic Literature Awards for fiction and poetry.
  • Hosting readings, symposia and other outreach events such as the MACHINE series (since 2004) to publicise electronic literature.

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  1. ^ a b "Electronic Literature Organization". ELO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 

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