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Electronic Literature Debuts Version 2.0

By Harriet Staff

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Can you believe that, not very long ago, electronic literature used to come from machines like this? We can’t either! It goes without saying then that Electronic Literature, a digital publication that paved the way for online literary hubs, made a forward-thinking gesture not entirely out of character by re-vamping its website: the newest version of which debuted yesterday. Carolyn Kellogg has all the details and more, at Jacket Copy.

Electric Literature launched a redesigned website Tuesday with a new emphasis on being a digital destination, simultaneously announcing the appointment of a new online editor, Lincoln Michel. It’s an admission of what has been apparent for some time: Electric Literature is an online powerhouse and is leaving its print magazine behind.

While the print-going-digital story is familiar, it’s not what co-founder Andy Hunter had planned when the magazine launched in 2009. Then, the idea was to couple print and digital, to publish a literary magazine simultaneously in print and digital editions that would look good on a text e-reader and an iPhone. Believe it or not, in the pre-iPad days, the prominence that the magazine gave to digital literary fiction was, at the time, forward-thinking, and top writers — Colson Whitehead, Aimee Bender, Michael Cunningham — were enticed to contribute.

But Electric Literature hasn’t published its print magazine since September 2011.

Read on about their redesign and more at Jacket Copy!

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.