Writing Practice at the Dawn of the Digital Era

11 Contemporary Poets on writing through the advent of the personal computer and into the arrival of the digital age.

About the Project

CTRL-Shift is an online collection of audio recordings, transcripts, process visualizations, and data analyses broken out from interviews conducted with 11 prominent contemporary American poets from across the United States.

The poets interviewed include: Rae Armantrout, Bruce Beasley, Amy Gerstler, Louise Glück, James McMichael, K. Silem Mohammad, Robert Pinsky, Michael Ryan, Stephanie Strickland, Nance Van Winckel, and Robert Wrigley (below).

The project examines recent changes in writing practices that occurred due to the advent of the computer and the arrival of the digital age and investigates new modes of working with and publishing data from qualitative interview studies.

More about the project ...

The Interviews

We have interview material in a variety of formats for your listening/viewing/reading pleasure

We've also broken the interviews down

by Question

by Respondent

and by Icon
by which we mean medium/material/writing practice

More Analyses

And pieced together
Process Narratives
from each poet's answers

More Processes

So What Did We Find?

We have come up with some initial observations regarding some of the central areas we investigated. They can be found at our Findings page.

Our primary intent with this material, however, was not to make some grand claim about what's changed, as we'd need a bigger and more representative study for that, but rather to open up the data for you, random Internet citizen, for your own investigations and discoveries and in order for those interested to learn more about these wonderful writers

More on Findings

We also practice and encourage messing around with all our data, which is available on GitHub!

We've been messing around ourselves:
Here are some examples, aka our 'flotsam'

Examples of Our Subject Visualization

Armantrout http://ctrl-shift.org/ohms-viewer/viewer.php?cachefile=armantrout.xml" >

Or go to the source:
CTRL+SHIFT, Please generate a poem for me by