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In May, Alan Bigelow, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Humanities, won the 2011 BIPVAL International Prix de Poésie Média. He received the award at a ceremony in France, and in his remarks to the audience, he said:
"Electronic literature–and by this I mean not just digital poetry but digital fiction, as well–is an exciting and vibrant part of the literary arts today. It deserves to be encouraged and nurtured because embedded within its multimedia presentation and variety of forms is a vision...of a new type of literature that does not replace traditional print but works alongside it. This vision recognizes that soon, if not already, people will see poems and stories not simply as the sole domain of text, but the intersection of many disciplines and arts. And this vision opens our eyes to the infinite possibilities within literature itself, and the exciting future offered by technological change."
His full remarks are available at netpoetic.com.
In recent news, he also presented his digital fiction and poetry to the MATX Graduate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. His digital poem "This Is Not A Poem" appeared in the exhibition SOLEDADES 2.0 at the Centro de Arte Pepe Espaliú, Spain, and his digital story "Archetypal Africa" was included in the SCAN: Journal of Media Arts and Culture Gallery from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Finally, his digital story "Saving The Alphabet" appeared in The 22 Magazine.
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