February 11, 2005

ELO + University of Iowa

by Nick Montfort · , 12:41 pm

The University of Iowa just announced its partnership with the ELO. (That’s the Electronic Literature Organization, an organization from the 1990s to facilitate and promote the writing, publishing, and reading of literature in electronic media – not to be confused with any light or heavy electric orchestras from the 1970s and 1980s.) The partnership is thanks to Thom Swiss, a professor of English and the Rhetoric of Inquiry at Iowa who is the new president of the organization. The ELO is based at UCLA; this partnership initiates a new form of the organization, where different campuses will be able to participate as “nodes,” helping the ELO reach its goals in different ways.

The ELO’s new executive committee, headed by Swiss, includes Noah (vice-president), myself (vice-president), Scott (treasurer), and sometime GTxA commenter Rob Swigart (secretary). However, on Friday, a Grand Text Auto official denied rumors that the blog was planning a takeover of the ELO by infiltrating its board of directors.