Digital technology and the Internet make writers better able to study, compose and promote poetry, but it also offers new challenges in archiving and publishing.

The WVU Department of English and the Center for Literary Computing presents “The Archive as Historical Practice,” given by Loss Peque�o Glazier, poet and professor in the department of media study at the State University of New York at Buffalo, on April 15 at 4 p.m. in Colson Hall Room 130. The event is free and open to the public.

Glazier is director of the Electronic Poetry Center (EPC), the first and largest archive and resource for innovative and digital poetry, where he has worked since 1994 to develop web content, make substantial poetry resources available online and engage the emerging multimedia environment of the Internet.

His work led him to become the award-winning writer of “Digital Poetics,” the first scholarly book on digital poems. These electronic works take advantage of the unique capabilities of the computer, and feature embedded elements, like sound files, hypertexts, animation, moving text, and layered text, as properties of writing and CD-ROM publications.

Glazier’s past work includes “Viz �tudes,” a series of performances that present a reading and projection of a number of visual, kinetic, text and JavaScript-based compositions for electronic space that explore the material dimensions of writing.

His more recent work includes “Baila,” which combines algorithmic poetry and live dancers, and “Territorio Libre,” a work of generative electronic poetry about Cuba.

He is also author of “Anatman, Pumpkin Seed, Algorithm,” “Small Press: An Annotated Guide,” the collection “Leaving Loss Glazier,” “The Parts,” and other books, as well as poems, essays, kinetic works and online projects, like generative poems and the study of how writers create drafts, archive works and contribute to database libraries.

For more information, contact Sandy Baldwin, director of WVU’s Center for Literary Computing, at 304-293-9703 or



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