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Electric Literature Debuts Version 2.0

By Harriet Staff


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 Electric 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.