a reading series at the kelly writers house featuring electronic literature

<< a poem is a small (or large) machine made out of words. >>
[william carlos williams]

MACHINE showcases the literary uses of the computer.

Poets, fiction writers, and others have been combining the networked and computational capabilities of digital machines with the workings of literature to produce new sorts of writing that exists online and on-screen: writing that plays on the context of the Internet, requires interaction and input from the reader, and brings many different media together in new ways. MACHINE is a series in which writers of electronic literature come to the Kelly Writers House to read from and demonstrate their work, and to discuss the literary uses of the computer with area writers and members of the Penn community. MACHINE includes both all-digital events and readings by digital writers that are part of a general poetry, fiction, or other writing event.

MACHINE is a series at the Kelly Writers House, co-sponsored by the Electronic Literature Organization. If you would like to suggest an event or a digital author for inclusion in the series, contact Nick Montfort, nickm at the domain

Upcoming Events

Stuart Moulthrop

Wednesday - April 19, 2006 - 5:30pm

For more than fifteen years Moulthrop has been writing digital works, which include Victory Garden, Hegirascope, Reagan Library, and Pax. One of the most-discussed writers from what Robert Coover called the "golden age" of hypertext, Moulthrop continues to innovate. He has developed his electronic writing in HyperCard, Storyspace, HTML, Quicktime VR, and Flash. At the Writers House, Moulthrop will read from early and recent work.

Past Events

Constructing Poets: Glazier & Carpenter

February 15, 2006
Hosted by Charles Bernstein

Jim Carpenter

Generation and poems from the Erica T. Carter/Electronic Text Composition project

Loss Pequeño Glazier

Readings from Anatman, Pumpkin Seed, Algorithm ... White-Faced Bromeliads on 20 Hectares ... Io Sono at Swoons ... Territorio Libre, and other works

Interactive Fiction Walkthroughs

October 27, 2004
Hosted by Scott Rettberg

Slouching towards Bedlam

winner of the 2003 IF Competition and of four XYZZY Awards, including Best Game
Daniel Ravipinto and Star Foster

Book and Volume

preview of a work in progress [released November 2005]
Nick Montfort


winner of four 2002 XYZZY Awards, including Best Game
Emily Short

Stephanie Strickland (reading with D.A. Powell)

April 8, 2004


V is a three-part work, consisting of WaveSon.nets/Losing L'una (an invertible book with two beginnings) and an electronic component, V: Vniverse, created with Cynthia Lawson
Stephanie Strickland

Joint Work

February 14, 2004

The Unknown

a hypertext novel on the Web
William Gillespie, Scott Rettberg, and Dirk Stratton

2002: A Palindrome Story

published online and in print
Nick Montfort and William Gillespie


a novel on stickers, with text and photos available online
Nick Montfort and Scott Rettberg