Nick Montfort has undertaken dozens of academic and literary collaborations, in addition to having a solo career, in digital media and creative computing. He is associate professor of digital media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and faculty advisor for the Electronic Literature Organization. He earned a Ph.D. in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in creative writing (poetry) from Boston University.
Montfort's digital media writing projects include the interactive fiction system Curveship and (with international collaborators) the large-scale story generation system Slant; the ppg256 series and Concrete Perl set of very small-scale poetry generators; the group blog Grand Text Auto; Ream, a 500-page poem written on one day; Mystery House Taken Over, a collaborative "occupation" of a classic game; Implementation, a novel on stickers written with Scott Rettberg; the interactive fictions Winchester's Nightmare, Ad Verbum, and Book and Volume; and several other digital poems and language generators, including the collaborations Sea and Spar Between and The Deletionist.
10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, a 10-author single-voice publication that Montfort organized, focuses on a one-line Commodore 64 BASIC program and is his latest book. Montfort wrote Riddle & Bind (Spineless Books, 2010), a book of literary riddles and constrained poems. With Ian Bogost, he wrote Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (MIT Press, 2009), the first book in the Platform Studies series which he co-edits. He wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction (MIT Press, 2003), and, with William Gillespie, 2002: A Palindrome Story (Spineless Books, 2002), which the Oulipo acknowledged as the world's longest literary palindrome. He also edited The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 (with N. Katherine Hayles, Stephanie Strickland, and Scott Rettberg, ELO, 2006) and The New Media Reader (with Noah Wardrip-Fruin, MIT Press, 2003). Montfort is currently writing Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, completing a book of poetry to be published by Counterpath Press, and further developing several digital projects.
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Nick Montfort develops literary generators and other computational art and poetry. He has participated in dozens of literary and academic collaborations. He is associate professor of digital media at MIT and faculty advisor for the Electronic Literature Organization, whose Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 he co-edited. Montfort wrote the book of poems Riddle & Bind and co-wrote 2002. The MIT Press has published four of Montfort's collaborative and individually-authored books: The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, and most recently 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, a collaboration with nine other authors that Montfort organized.