Call for Submissions: The New River Spring 2014 Issue

The New River: A Journal of Digital Writing & Art, a publication of the Virginia Tech MFA in Creative Writing Program, is looking for submissions of new media (hypertext, image/video art, digital text, etc.) for its upcoming Spring 2014 issue. Founded in 1996, The New River is the oldest new media literary journal on the Internet.

The New River seeks to publish work that is interactive, innovative, and fulfills the potential of the digital screen. For the Spring issue, guest editor Josette Torres, a VT MFA alumna and manager of Virginia Tech’s Center for Digital Discourse and Culture, specifically encourages work that addresses political topics or themes.

Submissions will be accepted via email until May 1, 2014. If accepted, you will be asked to upload all files to our server so we can host it locally. For submission guidelines, please visit the journal’s website or contact the guest editor via email at

Announcing the Spring 2013 Issue of The New River

The new issue of The New River, Virginia Tech's journal of digital writing and art, was recently released.

When founded by Edward Falco with help from Len Hatfield in 1996, The New River was the first journal devoted exclusively to digital writing and art. The New River posts new issues twice a year in December and May, and is currently hosted by Virginia Tech’s Center for Digital Discourse and Culture. This issue, edited by Virginia Tech MFA in Creative Writing students Jamie Rand and Jennifer Schrauth, includes work by Brianna P. Stout, Alan Bigelow, Jayne Fenton Keane, Dirk Vis, Barry Smylie, and Christoper Joseph.

Announcing the Fall 2012 Issue of The New River

The editorial staff of The New River, the first online journal devoted exclusively to digital writing and art, is pleased to announce the release of the Fall 2012 issue.

The New River was founded by Virginia Tech English professor Ed Falco in 1996. It has consistently tested the boundaries and rules of writing in a digital age. Since 2007, the journal has been managed and edited by the students of the Virginia Tech MFA Program in Creative Writing.

“Digital literature continues to evolve in surprising ways,” Managing Editor Andy Hobin said, “and we felt privileged to work with artists from this innovative genre. Few schools in the country offer their students such an opportunity.”

This issue includes works by Alan Bigelow, Serge Bouchardon, Loss Pequeño Glazier, and Matt Mullins.

Mark Poster (1941-2012)

With great sadness, we wish to share the news that an inaugural member of our advisory board, Mark Poster, Ph.D. (Emeritus, University of California, Irvine), has passed away.  

Mark was not only a member of our advisory board, but a friend and colleague that will be sorely missed.  His relationship with the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture began even before the Center began, with his keynote at the Learning On-Line Conference in 1998, the year the Center was founded.  He also keynoted Learning 2000.  He contributed to the Center in many ways throughout its existence, including contributing a chapter to our 10th anniversary book.

We will miss Professor Poster.

The April 16 Archive: Front Pages Collection

The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture is pleased to announce our Front Pages Collection, an archive of newspaper coverage of the April 16 tragedy. The hundreds of front pages posted on this site were given to the Center by a thoughtful individual in the aftermath of the shootings. Together, they capture a wide variety of responses to, and representations of, the events and aftermath of April 16 from around the world. The collection is organized by geographic location. It can be accessed at:

Omeka and the April 16 Archive

We are pleased to announce that our April 16 Archive has been successfully upgraded to the current version of the Omeka platform. Developed by George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, Omeka is a next-generation online display platform for museums, historical societies, scholars, collectors, educators, and more. The April 16 Archive was running on a pre-release version of Omeka for more than a year, so we are pleased to be on the current version. In addition to improving the site layout and adding some new features, all of our nearly 1900 digital objects have been transferred to the new archive. We hope you will consider visiting the archive, and perhaps even contribute to it.

Announcing the Spring 2008 issue of New River Journal

The spring 2008 issue of the New River Journal has recently been published. The Journal, the oldest literary journal devoted to digital writing, was last year selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its Internet Archive, a recognition both of the journal’s lasting value and a guarantee that all issues will be available for as long, at least, as the Library of Congress is in existence.

The New River Journal has for the last three semesters been student-edited under the guidance of Ed Falco, the journal’s founding editor (and recent NEA fellow). This semester marked the first time three students have been involved, with editing duties split between Carrie Meadows, Lauren Jensen, and Weston Cutter, each of whom are MFA students in the English Department at Virginia Tech.

April 16 Archive Anniversary

One year ago today we launched the April 16 Archive. Since then, the archive has expanded to include well over 1700 digital objects. To date we have recorded more than 23,000 visits to the site and over 170,000 page views. On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, we recorded nearly a thousand visits to the site. In coming months, we will be adding many more objects related to the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, creating a new archive of thousands of newspaper front-pages related to the the events and aftermath of April 16, and upgrading to the newest version of the Omeka platform. In the meantime we hope you will visit the archive and share your files and stories. And if you would like assistance with archiving a large collection, please contact us at

CDDC Launches Arts, Culture, and Civil Society

The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture (CDDC) at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce the launch of Arts, Culture, and Civil Society (ACCS). This online archive of syllabi, e-prints, web links, and other digital resources is intended to serve as a starting point for students and scholars who are exploring the arts, culture, and civil society in their courses and/or research. These major topic areas are related to many important theoretical concerns for contemporary social criticism, political theory, and cultural policy-making. The collected materials span a wide range of disciplines, analytical frameworks, and locations. Topics range from the nature of current-day urban formations, nation-states, and local communities to the analysis of power, modernity, and discourse as related to the arts.

1500 Objects in the April 16 Archive

We are pleased to announce that our April 16 Archive now includes more than 1500 digital objects, moving us closer to our goal of 2000 objects by the summer of 2008. Recent additions include numerous materials related to the tragedy at NIU, including photos from from the February 18 candlelight vigil held here at Virginia Tech. We also continue to archive college media coverage of April 16, all of which is accessible via our Collections page. And for ongoing media coverage about the archive, visit our News page.

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