WSU Vancouver to house Electronic Literature Organization

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:19pm -- brenda_alling

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will be home to the Electronic Literature Organization for the next five years. Referred to as the ELO, this international organization was previously 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. It is led by Dene Grigar, professor and director of the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at WSU Vancouver. She 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:

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

# # #


Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,

Dene Grigar, Creative Media and Digital Culture Program and ELO president, 360-546-9487,

Share the news: