Judy Malloy

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Judy Malloy
Judith Ann Powers

(1942-01-09) January 9, 1942 (age 80)
Alma materMiddlebury College
ChildrenSean Langdon Malloy
Parent(s)Barbara Lillard Powers
Wilbur Langdon "Ike" Powers
RelativesWalter Powers (cousin)
WebsiteWell.com user page

Judy Malloy (born Judith Ann Powers January 9, 1942) is a poet whose works embrace the intersection of hypernarrative, magic realism, and information art. Beginning with Uncle Roger in 1986,[1] Malloy has composed works in both new media literature and hypertext fiction. She was an early creator of online interactive and collaborative fiction on The WELL and the website ArtsWire.

Malloy has served as editor and leader for books and web projects. Her literary works have been exhibited worldwide. Recently she has been a Digital Studies Fellow at the Rutgers Camden Digital Studies Center (2016-2017)[2] and a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University in Social Media Poetics (2013) and Electronic Literature (2014).[3]


Early life and education[edit]

Born in Boston a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Malloy was raised in Massachusetts. Her mother was a journalist and newspaper editor, and her father, a Normandy veteran, worked as an assistant district attorney in two Massachusetts counties and then as Chief Assistant US Attorney for Massachusetts. Malloy skied and played tennis, summering in New Hampshire, Cape Cod, and the Berkshires. Malloy felt an early calling to the visual arts and began painting and sketching as a child.


After graduating from Middlebury College with a degree in literature and work in studio art and art history, Malloy took a job at the Library of Congress; she also traveled in Europe.[4] In the next few years, while writing and making art, Malloy worked as a technical information specialist at the NASA contractor Ball Brothers Research Corporation, running their technical library and learning FORTRAN programming in order to identify relevant content for research.[4] Malloy moved to the East Bay in the mid 1970s and lived in Berkeley where, in addition to installations and performances, she developed a series of artist's books that incorporated non-sequential narratives driven by words and images.[4]

Her papers are currently being collected by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University.[5]


In 1986, Malloy wrote and programmed Uncle Roger, the first online hyperfiction project with links that took the narrative in different directions depending on the reader's choice. The Wall Street Journal mentioned Uncle Roger as the start of a future art form in their 1989 centennial publication.[6] Uncle Roger was a three-part hypertextual "narrabase" (narrative database) that used keyword searching (including Boolean operators) and appeared on Art Com Electronic Network on the WELL.[7]

In 1988, Malloy became the coordinating editor of FineArt Forum, under the Leonardo publishing umbrella, and developed F. A. S. T. (Fine Art Science and Technology), a resource on the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link (The WELL) bulletin board.[8] Malloy was the initial editor of Leonardo Electronic News, 1991–1993, now Leonardo Electronic Almanac.[9] For Leonardo, she worked to make the work of new media artists more visible, creating the artists' "Words on Works" (WOW) Project, published in Leonardo Electronic News and Leonardo.

Malloy's hyperfiction work its name was Penelope was exhibited in 1989 at the Richmond Art Center and published in 1993 by Eastgate Systems.[10] Also in 1993, Malloy was invited to XEROX PARC as an artist-in-residence, where she developed Brown House Kitchen, an online narrative written in LambdaMOO.[11] Malloy then wrote l0ve0ne, published in 1994 by Eastgate Web Workshop as their first work.[12] Malloy created Making Art Online] in 1994.[13] One of the first arts websites, Making Art Online is currently hosted by the Walker Art Center.

Between 1993 and 1996, while working with PARC, Malloy and Cathy Marshall (hypertext developer) collaborated on "Closure Was Never a Goal in this Piece", an article published in the book Wired Women which documented their experiences working on their other project, Forward Anywhere: Notes on an Exchange between Intersecting Lives, a hypernarrative work based on electronic communication that passed between the two in which they sought "to exchange the remembered and day-to-day substance of our lives".[14]

Malloy worked for Arts Wire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) from its early origins in 1993. She began serving as editor of the online periodical Arts Wire Current in March 1996.[15] She continued as editor through the periodical's name change to NYFA Current in November, 2002, until March 2004.[16][17]

Malloy is the editor of Women, Art & Technology (MIT Press, 2003), a documentation of the central role of female artists in the development of new media. The book lays out a historical outline of the female influence in art and technology including papers written by notable members of the field. She is also the editor of content | code | process (formerly called Authoring Software),[18] a website of resources related to the authoring tools used for hypertext and other forms of database-driven writing. Her most recent work is the 2010 new media poetry trilogy Paths of Memory and Painting,[19] the first part of which appeared in 2008 under the title where every luminous landscape.

Her work has been exhibited and published internationally including the 2008 Electronic Literature Conference, San Francisco Art Institute, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, São Paulo Art Biennial, the Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston Cyberarts Festival, the Walker Art Center, Visual Studies Workshop, Berkeley Art Center, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Centenary of Carmen Conde, Cartagena, Spain, Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum and the Hellenic American Union in Athens, Houston Center for Photography, Richmond Art Center, San Antonio Art Institute, A Space, Toronto, Canada, National Library of Madrid, Eastgate Systems, E. P. Dutton, Tanam Press, Seal Press, MIT Press, The Iowa Review Web, and Blue Moon Review. Malloy's where every luminous landscape (2008) was exhibited at The Future of Writing, University of California, Irvine, November, 2008 and the E-Poetry Festival, Barcelona, May, 2009. In May 2009 it was a finalist in the prix poésie-média 2009 hosted by the Biennale Internationale des poetes (BIPVAL) in Val de Marne, France.[20]

Editing and essays[edit]

Malloy was the editor of the July 2016 MIT Press book, Social Media Archeology and Poetics.[21]

  • Chapter 31. A Way Is Open: Allusion, Authoring System, Identity, and Audience in Early Text-Based Electronic Literature [22]

Selected works[edit]

  • Artists Books (1977–1993)
  • Landscape Projects (1978–)
  • Installations (1979–1995)
  • Malloy, Judy (1980). Bad Thad. Dutton. ISBN 978-0-525-26148-3.
  • Uncle Roger (1986–1987) (2003 revised edition)
  • Bad Information (1986–1988)
  • OK Research, OK Genetic Engineering (1988) information art describes technology
  • YOU! (1991), online poem with multiple contributors, programmed and produced by Judy Malloy
  • Wasting Time, A Narrative Data Structure (1992)
  • its name was Penelope (1993)
  • l0ve0ne (1994)
  • name is scibe (1994) a collaboratively created hyperfiction by Judy Malloy, Tom Igoe, Chris Abraham, Tim Collins, Anna Couey, Valerie Gardiner, Joseph Wilson and Doug Cohen
  • The Roar of Destiny Emanated From the Refrigerator (1995–1999) an epic hyperpoem
  • Forward Anywhere (1995), a collaborative hyperfiction by Judy Malloy and Cathy Marshall
  • Dorothy Abrona McCrae (2000)
  • Interlude — Dorothy and Sid (2001)
  • A Party At Silver Beach (2002)
  • Afterwards (2003)
  • Judy Malloy, ed. (October 2003). Women, Art, and Technology. Leonardo Books. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-13424-8.
  • Revelations of Secret Surveillance (2004–2007)
  • Concerto for Narrative Data (2005–2006, 2008)
  • The Wedding Celebration of Gunter and Gwen (2006–2007)
  • Paths of Memory and Painting (2010)
  • "'A WAY IS OPEN', Allusion, Identity, Authoring System, and Audience in Early Text-Based Electronic Literature" for Contexts, Forms, and Practices of Electronic Literature. edited by Dene Grigar and James O'Sullivan, West Virginia University Press, 2017


Malloy was shortlisted for the 2017 Hayles Prize Social Media Archeology and Poetics, MIT Press, 2016.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Judy Malloy". Leonardo Online. The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. February 25, 2005. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "2016-2017 Digital Studies Fellows – Digital Studies Center". digitalstudies.camden.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  3. ^ Nyhan, Julianne; Flinn, Andrew (2016). "The Influence of Algorithmic Thinking: Judy Malloy and Julianne Nyhan". Computation and the Humanities: Towards an Oral History of Digital Humanities. Springer Series on Cultural Computing. Springer. pp. 99–121. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-20170-2_7. ISBN 9783319201702.
  4. ^ a b c Judy Malloy website. My Life
  5. ^ "Guide to the Judy Malloy Papers, 1956-2010". David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  6. ^ Miller, Michael W. (1989). "A Brave New World: Streams of 1s and 0s". Wall Street Journal.
  7. ^ "Judy Malloy". People. Eastgate Systems. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  8. ^ Leonardo on-line. About LEA: History. Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA), Retrieved on May 9, 2009.
  9. ^ Art California. About. Retrieved on May 9, 2009.
  10. ^ "its Name Was Penelope". www.eastgate.com. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  11. ^ Judy Malloy. Public Literature: Narratives and Narrative Structures in Lambda MOO
  12. ^ Eastgate. L0ve0ne by Judy Malloy
  13. ^ "Judy Malloy Timeline". Making Art Online. Telematic. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  14. ^ The Independent, 6 April 1997. Marek Kohn, Technofile. Retrieved on April 29, 2009.
  15. ^ "Artswire.org. Arts Wire Current. March 5, 1996". Archived from the original on December 1, 2001. Retrieved 2017-04-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  16. ^ Judy Malloy. MICHAEL RICHARDS: August 2, 1963 – September 11, 2001
  17. ^ Judy Malloy resume
  18. ^ Authoring Software (website)
  19. ^ "Paths of Memory and Painting - Title Page". www.well.com. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  20. ^ "Evenement: Prix poésie-média 2009" (in French). Alfortville, France: Biennale Internationale des poetes. May 15, 2009. Archived from the original on December 12, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  21. ^ Social Media Archeology and Poetics
  22. ^ O'Sullivan, James (2021). Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities Contexts, Forms, & Practices. Open access: Bloomsbury Academic Press. pp. 335–364. ISBN 978-1-5013-6350-4.

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