On Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m., Counterpath hosted a reading at the Dikeou Popup space at 312 E. Colfax in Denver, featuring Nick Montfort, Michael Friedman, Sanaz Fatemi, and Graham Foust.
Nick Montfort’s digital writing projects include Sea and Spar Between (with Stephanie Strickland) and The Deletionist (with Amaranth Borsuk and Jesper Juul). He developed the interactive fiction system Curveship and (with international collaborators) the large-scale story generation system Slant; was part of the group blog Grand Text Auto; wrote Ream, a 500-page poem, on a single day; organized Mystery House Taken Over, a collaborative “occupation” of a classic game; wrote Implementation, a novel on stickers, with Scott Rettberg; and wrote and programmed the interactive fictions Winchester’s Nightmare, Ad Verbum, and Book and Volume. He is the author of Riddle & Bind and co-wrote 2002: A Palindrome Story with Willliam Gillespie. The MIT Press has published four of Montfort’s collaborative and individually-authored books: The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, and most recently 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, a collaboration with nine other authors that Montfort organized. He is associate professor of digital media at MIT.
Michael Friedman is the author of the just published Martian Dawn and Other Novels (Little A) and two full-length books of poetry, including Species (2000), and four chapbooks. His work has been included in many journals and anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems. His first novel, Martian Dawn, was published in 2006 by Turtle Point Press. Previously, he was the chair of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University’s MFA writing program. He is the cofounder of the literary journal Shiny. He lives in Denver, Colorado, where he practices law.
Graham Foust is the author of several collections of poetry, including To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (Flood Editions, 2013) and A Mouth in California (2009). With Samuel Frederick, he has translated three volumes of poetry by Ernst Meister, including In Time’s Rift (Wave Books, 2012), Wallless Space (Wave Books, 2014), and Of Entirety Say the Sentence (forthcoming from Wave Books, October 2015). He teaches at the University of Denver.
Sanaz Fatemi’s works with experimental literature, game design, and emerging new media. After graduating from the University of Tehran with a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, Sanaz joined the Emergent Digital Practices MA program at the University of Denver to research creative coding and new game design methods. Through writing and designing interactive fictions, she seeks new methods of storytellin. Her new interactive fiction, “Cross It Out,” addresses notions of metafiction and immersion, creating a new experience with words, moving and static images, and sounds, outside the boundaries of conventional literature and games.