Video – Friday Night’s Reading!!

Here it is: A video of Laura Zaylea reading Speak2MeInCode at the Avenues of Access elit performance event!

2013 Modern Language Association Conference
This reading was part of Avenues of Access:
An Exhibit & Online Archive of ‘Born Digital’ Literature
Curated by Drs. Dene Grigar & Kathi Inman Berens

Elit Readings & Performance Night
Friday, January 4, 2013
Bordy Theater at Emerson College
216 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

More about Speak2MeInCode at MLA13
More about the Avenues of Access exhibit & archive
Return to www.Speak2MeInCode.com


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Friday Night Reading

About the Friday night elit show… (Oh gosh! I wrote this Friday night right after the show but am just finally publishing it now — exactly 2 weeks later! Anyway, it was an AMAZING show… Read on!)  ~LZ

Friday, January 4, 2013 – What an AMAZING night of elit readings & performances!

The show Avenues of Access, curated by Drs. Dene Grigar & Kathi Inman Berens, featured a special night of electronic literature readings & performances by 12 different artists!

@dgrigar @kathiiberens Amazing curation – an excellent diversity of technology types & elit styles, a brilliant gender balance and excellent combination of established & emerging artists! I feel honored to be part of the Avenues of Access reading/performance & ongoing digital archive!

The night started out with Alan Bigelow reading a new work. My absolute favorite line: “No rum in paradise.” #loveit!

Next, Amaranth Borsuk read the incredibly impressive Between Page and Screen, an augmented reality visual poetry book (created by Amaranth Borsuk & Brad Bouse), and then Bill Bly spoke of meatAuthors, meatReaders, ghostAuthors and ghostReaders in We Descend 2.0. Caitlin Fisher’s work never ceases to amaze me – after reading about her AR sculptural work Circle online and seeing a demonstration/performance at ELO12 (where she won the Jury’s Choice award), it was amazing to be able to physically interact with the piece this afternoon and see her reading/performance tonight! Mark Marino read Living Will and then introduced us to three twitter personalities – Charles, @juanahang and the controvercial @occupymla! (Finding out that @occupymla was netprov caused quite a stir at MLA… The more I read about netprov & @markmarino’s art, the more I adore it. #impressive #smart!) Next, the whole audience read poetry aloud with Nick Montfort and Stephanie Strickland as they performed their poetry generator work, Sea and Spar Between.

I was delighted to read from Speak2MeInCode – the first public reading of this project, which was created specifically for the Avenues of Access exhibit. The undergrad docents (awesome!!!) handed out little 8.5×11” Speak2MeInCode mini posters (Thank you!!) so that audience members could scan the QR codes & read along on their own devices. (see the video – Fri night reading)

The night ended with a spirited reading/performance by four of the creators of 10 PRINT CHR$ (205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. #playful #smart #inspiring #loveit!!!!! A brilliant finale to an inspiring event!

Overall, I absolutely loved the Friday night event. The whole event ran smoothly, the crowd was engaged & enthusiastic, and the work was diverse & inspiring! For me, one of the most impressive elements about the Avenues of Access show is the way that it exists in so many forms: in the physical Hynes 312 gallery installation, at Friday night’s performance event and as the Avenues of Access Online Archive of ‘Born Digital’ Literature (an invaluable resource – I shared the 2012 MLA archive with my students at Temple University last semester & look forward to sharing the 2013 archive this semester!).

THANK YOU Drs. Dene Grigar and Kathi Inman Berens — for putting together a truly fabulous event!

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See the Avenues of Access Archive

Watch the Speak2MeInCode Video

“Naughty Fun” on Friday

At Friday night’s reading, Speak2MeInCode was described as “naughty fun!”


Laura Zaylea reading Speak2MeInCode – Friday night Avenues of Access #elit performance at #MLA13 – photo tweeted by @rogerwitson (thank you!)

Copied from the Avenue of Access Exhibit page:

Friday Night Performances

On Friday, January 4, 2013, the curators are hosting a special evening of performances by artists featured in the exhibit. This free event takes place from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. at Emerson College’s Bordy Theatre, 216 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617-824-8780. Featured artists include:

Alan Bigelow
Amaranth Borsuk
Nick Montfort
Bill Bly
Caitlin Fisher
Mark Marino
Stephanie Strickland
Laura Zaylea
Some of the 10 authors of 10 PRINT CHR$ (205.5+RND (1)); : GOTO 10


Writing is dangerous because it means expressing the truth of one’s soul. Whether something is “fact” or “fiction” seems less important than where one has to go to find the emotion that drives the story, no matter what it’s about…

Some of my favorite quotes on writing, by Anais Nin:

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write…”

“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

“Someday I’ll be locked up for love insanity. ‘She loved too much.'”

“I walked into my own book, seeking peace.”

“I don’t hear your words: your voice reverberates against my body like another kind of caress, another kind of penetration.”

Another quote that inspires me:

“Be careful, Anais. Abnormal pleasures kill the taste for normal ones.” (from Henry & June)

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The Speak2MeInCode project will be live tweeted with the hashtag #Speak2Me

To also include the MLA Conference and e-literature specifically, “mark” yr tweets #mla13 #elit #speak2me

“Keep the conversation going”


Speak2MeInCode – Locative Media @ #MLA13

The Speak2MeInCode installation goes up today at #MLA13!

Twelve posters will show six places the lovers could have met as well as six ephemeral spaces (anywhere, everywhere, nowhere). The installation is part of the show Avenues of Access curated by Drs. Dene Grigar & Kathi Inman Berens.

More information about the installation can be found here: