An internationally known Internet writer will visit the West Virginia University campus next week to guide e-literati through the tangled World Wide Web of digital art.

Alan Sondheim will participate in discussions and give a performance and lecture during his Feb. 2-4 stay. The events, sponsored by the English Departments Center for Literary Computing, are open to the public.

Sondheim is a poet, critic and theorist who writes on and about the Internet. Based in New York, he has been involved in the experimental arts since the 1970s. His work over the past decade has focused on the Web as a medium for artistic expression.

He is the author of.echoandDisorders of the Realand editor of the anthologyBeing on Line: Net Subjectivity,He has also taught writing theory at various institutions and performed internationally.

Schedule of events:

  • Monday Feb. 2Formal Systems and Writing: A Discussion Across the Disciplines,a roundtable discussion with Frances Vanscoy, WVU associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering, and Jim Rosenberg, an award-winning hypertext poet, 7 p.m., Mountainlair, Mountaineer Room
  • Tuesday Feb. 3Lecture onArtistic Practice in the Network,7 p.m., Mountaineer Room
  • Wednesday Feb. 4Performance at the Blue Moose Café, 8 p.m., with interactive new media installations by CLC Director Sandy Baldwin and English student Reid Harward starting at 7 p.m.

Founded in 1991, the Center for Literary Computing focuses on literary studies for the digital age. Faculty and students develop interdisciplinary projects using Web technologies, multimedia, hypertext, audio/video and virtual environments.