Meet the Team:

Lead PI and Lab Director

Dene Grigar is Director of the Creative Media & Digital Technology Program at Washington State University Vancouver, whose research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature, specifically building multimedial environments and experiences for live performance, installations, and curated spaces; desktop computers; and mobile media devices.  She has authored 14 media works, such as  “Curlew” (with Greg Philbrook, 2014), “A Villager’s Tale” (with Brett Oppegaard, 2011), the “24-Hour Micro-Elit Project” (2009), When Ghosts Will Die (with Steve Gibson, 2005), “Fallow Field:  A Story in Two Parts” (2004), and “The Jungfrau Tapes: A Conversation with Diana Slattery about The Glide Project” (2004), as well as four books and over 50 scholarly articles. She also curates exhibits of electronic literature and media art, mounting shows at the Library of Congress and for the Modern Language Association, among other venues. She serves as President of the Electronic Literature Organization and Associate editor of the journals, Literary Studies in the Digital Age and Leonardo Digital Review.  Her website is located at

Co-PI and Project Manager

Nicholas Schiller is the Associate Director of the Electronic Literature Lab and a member of the library faculty at Washington State University Vancouver. He is also on faculty with the Creative Media & Digital Culture program where he teaches information structure and leads workshops on search engine optimization. He has published and presented on a variety of topics including current efforts to preserve and archive early works of electronic literature, metaphor and structure in information literacy instruction, and learning in video games as a model for library instruction. He is a previous contributor to the ACRL Tech-Connect blog. He is teaching a course in born digital documentation at the 2018 Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, B.C.

Co-PI and Digital Archivist

Abby Adams is the Digital Archivist at the Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas at Austin, where their primary responsibility is leading ongoing digital preservation and access initiatives for digital collection materials, specifically born digital records. They have more than thirteen years of experience as an information professional, previously in the roles of Digital Projects Coordinator at the Hagley Museum and Library and Access and Electronic Records Archivist in Special Collections at the University of Georgia. Adams is very active in the larger professional archives community, frequently presenting at events such as the Society of American Archivists annual conference, Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, and the University of Texas Digital Preservation Symposium. Most recently, they collaborated on a paper titled “Data Recovery and Investigation from 8-inch Floppy Disk Media: Three Use Cases” for the annual International Conference on Digital Preservation in September 2018, and their article “Digital archaeology at the Ransom Center” was published online. In the fall of 2017, Adams also presented at the Lise Jaillant’s workshop After the Digital Revolution: Bringing together archivists and scholars to preserve born digital records and produce new knowledge in Manchester, England.  For more information about Adams’ work and interests, visit @digarchivist on Twitter.

Co-PI and Asset Manager

Leonardo Flores is Interim Director and Full Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez Campus and Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization. He was the 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen in Norway. His research areas are electronic literature and its preservation via criticism, documentation, and digital archives. He is the creator of a scholarly blogging project titled I ♥ E-Poetry, co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3, and has a monthly e-lit column in 80 Grados.   For more information on his current work, visit

Information Technology Specialist

Greg Philbrook specializes in server management, full stack web development, and content development. A 2013 graduate of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program, he has collaborated on and assisted with numerous projects such as Grigar’s Curlew, commissioned by the OLE.01 Festival in Naples, Italy; and sound artist John Barber’s Remembering the Dead, exhibited recently in Ireland and Washington, D.C. He developed the web game “Fort Vancouverville” for the Grand Emporium of the West app, led by Dene and Brett Oppegaard and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also served as the technical support at exhibits curated by Dene at the Library of Congress, Electronic Literature Organization 2012 and 2016 conferences, and Digital Humanities Summer Institute of 2013 and 2014 in Victoria, Canada. He also teaches web development at Clark College.

Undergraduate Researchers

Our undergraduate researchers will 1) oversee quality control of the migrated metadata by cross-checking its accuracy and controlled vocabulary with other online databases, such as the Electronic Literature Directory, the ELMCIP Knowledge Base, NT2, and other projects in the Consortium for Electronic Literature (CELL), and 2) help with the usability testing of the site.

From left: Austin Fields, Katie Bowen, Holly Slocum, and Mariah Gwin