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Electronic Literature Organization housed at WSU Vancouver

By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, Wash. – WSU Vancouver will be home to the international Electronic Literature Organization for the next five years.

Previously, the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) was sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

The ELO was founded in 1999 to foster and promote the reading, writing, teaching and understanding of literature as it develops and persists in a changing digital environment. The organization includes writers, artists, teachers, scholars and developers. Its members work at the intersection of art, literature and computation.

As the only scholarly body dedicated solely to the investigation of literature produced for the digital medium, the ELO maintains a presence on six continents.

Dene Grigar, professor and director of the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at WSU Vancouver, is serving her second term as the organization’s president.

The ELO will be housed within the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program offices on the WSU Vancouver campus and will have a presence in Grigar’s Electronic Literature Lab. Nicholas Schiller, systems and instruction librarian in the WSU Vancouver Library, will serve as ELO coordinator. He will be assisted by digital technology and culture major Vanessa Rhodes. Many readings, workshops and events, such as Wikipedia-a-Thons and Traversals, will be held on the WSU Vancouver campus during the 2017-18 academic year.

More information about the ELO can be found at


Media Contacts:

  • Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,
  • Dene Grigar, Creative Media and Digital Culture Program and ELO president, 360-546-9487,

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