116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Writing Today

Session Chair: 
Karin Bauer, McGill University
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 139
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  1. Michael Humphrey, Colorado State University
    A psycholinguistics lab mathematically mapped the linguistic patterns of story, measuring novels, short stories and thematic apperception tests. In this study, I replicated the method on a small social media site that prompts users to "Tell a Story." The results spoke volumes about our contemporary relationship with the term, "story."
  2. Jason Wiens, University of Calgary
    My paper examines Bill Kennedy and Darren Wershler's online poetic generator apostropheengine.ca as a case study in computer-generated poetics. By comparing different iterations of poems generated by the engine, I consider the limits of computer-generated poetics, and the changing landscape of the Internet as an online archive.     
  3. Sibylle Gruber, Northern Arizona University, Nancy Barron, Northern Arizona University
    We provide analytical explorations of published blog writing, and show why teachers and students need to become responsible and active members of our respective “public spheres.” We show the importance of critically analyzing writing in public spheres and we conclude by encouraging participants to incorporate public writing as a valuable teaching tool that promotes critical analysis of written communication and production of new and innovative writing.
  4. Virginia Ramos, University of San Francisco
    This essay focuses on what we understand as processes of reading, as well as the concept of authorship in the digital era. Besides poets Neil Aitken and Margaret Rhee, I explore the “re-staging” of Beckett’s Comment c’est in How It Is in Common Tongues, a 2012 digital poetry work by John Cayley and Daniel Howe. 
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