December 17, 2008KR BlogUncategorized

Elizabeth Alexander is Obama’s inaugural poet

A smattering of Elizabeth Alexander’s poems are available for you to read online. She’s 45, she’s from Yale University, and she was one of three finalists for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. You can read a little more about her appointment here.

In related news, the Pulitzer Prize now includes online journalism, though MediaBistro has struggled to find exactly who qualifies for the award. The Best American Short Stories also allow for online submissions. (The Kenyon Review also accepts these newfangled submissions, in case anyone has forgotten.) Will any of this affect the stigma attached to digital literature? (Is there a stigma attached in the first place?)

Good riddance to Christine Rosen, whose article David reflected upon yesterday. It turns out that the internet is not an addiction, according to a study by Cyberpsychology and Behavior (via HASTAC). It is, however, highly convenient and often free. Use at your own risk.