Purple Blurb is a series featuring digital writers reading from, presenting, and discussing their work. "Digital writing" is writing that is developed with the computer as its primary medium. The phrase is interpreted broadly to include video and web projects, media production workshops and online environments for youth, poetry and story generators, digital art that deeply involves writing, hypertext and interactive fiction, writing for machinima, video games involving writing, and archives of texts from the BBS era. People from several schools at MIT come to events, as do many members of the public, including several regular attendees involved in digital art and interactive fiction. The series began in Fall 2007 and is run by Nick Montfort.

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Samantha Gorman December 5 in 6-120 Penumbra: Rich Media & Gestural Text Samantha Gorman Creator of Penumbra, Books of Kells, Canticle; Performance Studies & Digital Literature, RISD

Brian Moriarty November 28 in 6-120 Beyond Zork: Games & Interactive Fiction Brian Moriarty Creator of Wishbringer, Trinity, Loom; Professor of Practice, WPI

Natalia Fedorova October 24 in 14E-310 Seeing and Writing: Russian Multimedia Poetry Natalia Fedorova Creator of Madame Ebaressa and a Butterfly; Visiting Fulbright Fellow, MIT, The Trope Tank

September 19 in E14-674 (Media Lab Extension, 6th floor) Everything Akimbo: Welcoming the ELO to MIT The Electronic Literature Organization: Open House / Open Mic / Open Mouse An international nonprofit organization to facilitate and promote the writing, publishing, and reading of literature in electronic media.

Please join us in welcoming the Electronic Literature Organization to MIT with an open house / open mic / open mouse featuring 5-7 minute presentations and readings by a host of electronic literature authors (perhaps including you)! We've got snacks for you, too. Presenters will include: Nick Montfort, president, ELO Other directors and ELO members John Cayley, Brown University, Organizer, 2010 ELO Conference 5:30 pm is the kickoff: Signup begins and a short presentation about the ELO, followed by discussion, will ensue. At 6:30 pm the open mic readings & presentations will start.