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Thursday, November 7 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Virtual Verse in the Library: Surveying the e-Poetry Landscape

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In a 2009 issue of Poets & Writers, poet Sandra Beasley said the literary world was confronting “the reality that print venues…are rapidly ceding ground to Web-based publishing.” Online literary journals, e-zines, and print publications’ websites allow literature to be disseminated more extensively than ever before, and into a wider variety of settings, including the classroom.

While many of these online publications follow the quality control guidelines of print publications, the egalitarian nature of web publishing has raised questions about the value of online literature. Poets in faculty positions face the same tenure requirements as their colleagues in other academic departments and also must consider journal quality and impact when selecting a publication venue.

In order to explore their opinions and behavior related to online literary publishing, we surveyed faculty at Creative Writing Master’s of Fine Arts-granting institutions, and conducted subsequent interviews with select faculty members. This research uncovered interesting and sometimes unexpected commentary about the Internet’s role in the art of poetry.

Although web-based literary publishing has made poetry more accessible, most online-only poetry is not indexed in standard resources such as Humanities International Complete. In the interest of improving discoverability, we also asked respondents to describe resources that might make online-only poetry more accessible. This poster will also share our respondents’ aggregated “wish list” of features for such a tool.

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Rachel Fleming-May

Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences; University of Tennessee
Rachel Fleming-May is an Associate Professor in the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences. Her research and teaching interests include assessment, academic librarianship, and the intersection of creative writing and information


Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Bistro Area, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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