The Deletionist

The Deletionist (2013), Amaranth Borsuk, Jesper Juul and Nick Montfort –

The Deletionist is a concise system for automatically producing an erasure poem from any Web page. It systematically removes text to uncover poems, discovering a network of poems called “the Worl” within the World Wide Web.


About the Authors:

Nick Montfort develops literary generators and other computational art and poetry. He is a scholar of computational art and media who has undertaken dozens of academic and literary collaborations, and is now professor of digital media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent books are Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities (MIT Press, 2016) and #! (Counterpath, 2014), which contains programs and poems.

Jesper Juul is among the highly cited and influential researchers in the field of video game studies. The author of three research monographs from MIT Press, he has been instrumental in the creation of some of the world’s first master’s level programs in game design and game studies (IT University of Copenhagen and New York University). Juul is co-editor of the Playful Thinking series for MIT Press.

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist interested in textual materiality across media. Her most recent books are Pomegranate Eater (Kore Press, 2016), and, with Kate Durbin, Abra (1913 Press, 2016), recently released as an artists’ book with a free iPhone/iPad app by Ian Hatcher. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.