This gallery showcases works of electronic literature created by graduate students enrolled in KSU's Master of Arts in Professional Writing program. Students developed these projects through collaborative editing workshops during semester-long professional editing courses led by Dr. Erin Kathleen Bahl in Fall 2019 and Fall 2020. These projects highlight the author-designers' creativity (in imagining stories that explore the narrative possibilities of an online environment) and their technical skills (in determining the tools best suited to digitally realizing their visions).
Prisoner of War (POW) Quilter
As quilters, we know that a quilt can contain powerful messages from the giver to the receiver sewn on a label. Two of my favorites are: 'I count the stitches line by line / And watch the thread record the time' 'Love and memories we impart / To quilt the fabric of the heart." Sometimes, we want to be creative and stitch a saying right on the quilt itself!'
A Ring of Truth
Shannon Pryce arrived in the town of Petrie's Crossing and set up home in the top floor apartment above the antique store she inherited from her Great Aunt Caroline. While cleaning her new office, she found a hidden box and a diary!
Kinetic Poetry Collection
Have you ever thought of putting your poetry in motion literally? How about adding a soundtrack? Well, I decided to try my hand at it after visiting a website where kinetic poetry was displayed.
Hopeful: Poetry in Motion
Please enjoy this video and know that you are not alone.
Ogre and the Crowd
We are the Fur Family. We each have a warm coat of fur. Until now. Our newest little sister has been born helpless. No fur at all. It is up to us to keep her warm!
Satan is your kinda-sorta-boyfriend, and you're in Hell after you sold your soul. (Grad school will do that to you.)
Loosely inspired by Dante's Inferno, you have to get from Limbo to the Ninth Circle. Make friends (and enemies!) along the way, help poor souls, discover a growing plot, and don't abandon all hope.
Cosmological Conundrums, a hypertext fiction electronic literature piece, combines artistic expression and scientific research into some of the most mysterious and unknown wonders of the universe; the more we learn, the less we know. The digital component of the literary work allows the viewer to move throughout the piece in a non-linear fashion, which is one of the many advantages of digital-based publications. Many pages offer a “hover-over” link that will prompt a pop-up box with additional information on the topic at hand. Finally, the electronic design offers viewers a multimodal sensory experience.
The purpose of Inmate 001, as creative capstone project is grounded in the notion of being an advocate for the incarcerated and unheard which stemmed from a childhood in a household with law enforcement. The choice to present my findings as a video game evolved from my life-long love of game-playing, previous experience as an educator in oppressed communities and my comprehension of interactive play as a means for absorbing information.
See also the expanded capstone version of this project.