J.R. Carpenter

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J.R. Carpenter
Born 1972 (1972) (age 46)
Other names Carpenter, J. R.
Occupation artist, writer, researcher, performer

J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian artist, writer, researcher, performer and maker of maps, zines, books, poems, fiction, non-fiction, non-linear hypermedia narratives, and computer-generated texts. She was born in Nova Scotia in 1972, and lived in Montreal from 1990 to 2009. She now lives in South Devon, England. She studied Life Drawing and Anatomy at the Art Students League of New York in 1988 and Fibres and Sculpture at Concordia University in Montreal 1990–1995. She served on the Board of Directors of OBORO, an artist-run gallery and new media lab in Montreal, from 2006 to 2011.[1] She served as a faculty mentor for Performance Writing and Electronic literature on the In (ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge program at The Banff Centre from 2010–2014.[2]

She has written extensively about textile art,[3] media art,[4] digital literature[5] and internet history.[6] Her print essays, art reviews, poetry and short fiction have been broadcast on CBC Radio, translated into French, Italian, and Spanish, and published in numerous anthologies and journals across Canada, the US, the UK, Spain and Italy, including Oxford Poetry, 3:AM Magazine,[7] PRISM International, Arc Poetry Magazine, Fuse,[8] The New Quarterly[9] and Geist.[10]

She has been writing electronic texts since 1993. She made her first web-based work for Netscape 1.1. in 1995. Since that time her pioneering works of Electronic literature have been published, performed, and presented in festivals, galleries and museums around the world, including: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Dare-Dare, OBORO and StudioXX in Montreal; Images Festival and Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art[11] in Toronto; Arnolfini[12] in Bristol; Palazzo delle arti Napoli in Naples; Machfeld Studio in Vienna; The Web Biennial in Istanbul; Open Space, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco; and Bibliothèque nationale de France and Le Cube in Paris. Her digital work is also included in The Rhizome ArtBase,[13] the Electronic Literature Collection Volumes One and Volume Two,[14] and the ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature.[15] Her web-based work CityFish[16] was shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize[17] in 2012. A retrospective of her web-based work was presented at Electrifying Literature: Affordances and Constraints[18] an exhibition held in conjunction with the Electronic Literature Organization Conference 2012 in Morgantown, West Virginia.[19]

She won the CBC Quebec Short Story Competition (now known as the Quebec Writing Competition)[20] in 2003 for her short story "Precipice", which was later anthologized in Short Stuff: New English Writing From Quebec[21] and again in 2005 for her short story "Air Holes", which was later anthologized in In Other Words: New English Writing From Quebec.[22] She won the Quebec Writers' Federation Carte Blanche Award[23] in 2008 for "Wyoming is Haunted",[24] a work of creative nonfiction. She won the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book for her first novel, Words the Dog Knows,[25] which was published by Conundrum Press in Montreal in 2008.[26] She was named a Montreal Mirror Noisemaker in 2009. Her second book, GENERATION[S], a collection of code narratives, was published by Traumawien in 2010.[27]

In 2015 she won the Dot Award for Digital Literature awarded by if:book UK.[28] In 2016 she won the New Media Writing Prize[29] for her web-based work The Gathering Cloud,[30] which was commissioned by NEoN Digital Arts Festival 2016, Dundee, UK.[31] The Gathering Cloud was an Editor's Pick in the Wildcard Category in the Saboteur Awards 2017.[32] In May 2017 a print book based on The Gathering Cloud was published by Uniformbooks, featuring a foreword by Jussi Parikka and an afterword by Lisa Robertson.[33]

23 March 2015 she was awarded a practice-led PhD research degree from University of the Arts London in association with Falmouth University. Her thesis, Writing Coastlines: Locating Narrative Resonance in Transatlantic Communications Networks[34] "contributed to the creation of a new narrative context from which to examine a multi-site-specific place-based identity by extending the performance writing methodology to incorporate digital literature and locative narrative practices, by producing and publicly presenting a significant body of creative and critical work, and by developing a mode of critical writing which intertwines practice with theory."[34] She was a 2015 Visiting Fellow at the Eccles Centre for North American Studies at the British Library, London, UK.[35]

Selected works[edit]


Words the Dog Knows (Montreal: Conundrum 2008)
GENERATION(S) (Vienna: Traumawien 2010)
The Gathering Cloud (Uniformbooks 2017)
An Ocean of Static (London: Penned in the Margins 2018)

Web-based works[edit]

Fishes & Flying Things (1995)
Mythologies of Landforms and Little Girls (1996)
(a grammar of signs has replaced a botany of symptoms) (1998)
How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome (2005)
The Cape (2005)
Entre Ville (2006)
in absentia (2008)
CityFish (2010)
Along the Briny Beach (2011)
Notes on the Voyage of Owl and Girl (2012)
There he was, gone. (2012)
...and by islands I mean paragraphs (2013)
Etheric Ocean (2014)
Notes Very Necessary co-authored with Barbara Bridger (2015)
The Gathering Cloud (2016)
This is a Picture of Wind (2017)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "J. R. Carpenter Biography - Electronic Literature as a Model for Creativity and Innovation in Practice ELMCIP". ELMCIP. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. ^ "J. R. Carpenter Biography - The Banff Centre". banffcentre.ca. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Art Textiles of the World: Canada". Telos. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Massive Media: A Geology of Media book review". Furtherfield. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  5. ^ "From the Digital to the Bookbound". The Literary Platform. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  6. ^ "xxxboîte". StudioXX. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  7. ^ Carpenter, J.R. "This Sea is Nothing In Sight But Isles". 3:AM Magazine. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  8. ^ Carpenter, J.R. "Ingrid Bachmann: Digital Crustaceans v.0.2: Homesteading on the Web". Fuse. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  9. ^ Carpenter, J.R. "Hennessy's High Pasture". http://www.tnq.ca. The New Quarterly. Retrieved 23 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ Carpenter, J.R. "Words Dogs Know". Geist. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  11. ^ "How I Loved the Broken Things of Rome at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art". Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Performance Writing: J R Carpenter". Arnolfini. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  13. ^ "J. R. Carpenter's profile on The Rhizome ArtBase". Rhizome. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Electronic Literature Collections". Electronic Literature Organization. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  15. ^ "ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature". ELMCIP. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  16. ^ "CityFish". J. R. Carpenter. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  17. ^ "New Media Writing Prize Shortlist 2012". New Media Writing Prize. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Electrifying Literature". Electronic Literature Organization. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  19. ^ "J.R. Carpenter". dtc-wsuv.org. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  20. ^ "About the Quebec Writing Competition". CBC Montreal. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Short Stuff: New English Writing from Quebec". http://www.vehiculepress.com. Vehicuel Press. Retrieved 23 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  22. ^ "In Other Words: New English Writing from Quebec". http://www.vehiculepress.com. Vehicule Press. Retrieved 23 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  23. ^ "Past QWF Awards Winners". Quebec Writers' Federation. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  24. ^ Carpenter, J.R. "Wyoming is Haunted". carte-blanche.org. Carte Blanche. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  25. ^ "Le Gala Des Prix Expozine De L'Édition Alternative 2008". Expozine. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  26. ^ Carpenter, J.R. "Words the Dog Knows". Conundrum Press. Conundrum Press. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  27. ^ Carpenter, J.R. "GENERATION(S)". Traumawien. Traumawien. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  28. ^ Pope, Jim. "Focus on the 2015 Dot Award". New Media Writing Prize. New Media Writing Prize. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  29. ^ Template:Cite title=JR Carpenter takes the big prize at the 2016 New Media Writing Prize Awards
  30. ^ Carpenter, J.R. "The Gathering Cloud". Luckysoap.com. Luckysoap.com. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  31. ^ "The Gathering Cloud". NEoN Digital Arts. NEoN Digital Arts. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  32. ^ "Saboteur Awards 2017 Spotlight on the Best Wildcard Shortlist". Sabotage Reviews. Sabotage Reviews. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  33. ^ "The Gathering Cloud". Uniformbooks. Uniformbooks. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  34. ^ a b "Writing Coastlines: Locating Narrative Resonance in Transatlantic Communications Networks". J.R. Carpenter. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  35. ^ "Eccles Centre Fellowships in North American Studies". www.bl.uk. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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