LTU’s Sept. 25 Digital Humanities Event Features High-Tech Poet

SOUTHFIELD — Thylias Moss, an award-winning poet who has experimented with using computer technology to write poetry, will give a poetry reading on Friday, Sept. 25, as part of the conference, “Network Detroit: Digital Humanities Theory and Practice,” at Lawrence Technological University.

The poetry reading, which is free and open to the public, will be at 11 a.m. in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium in LTU’s Science Building, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

Moss is a poet, writer, experimental filmmaker, sound artist and playwright. She has published a number of poetry collections, children’s books, essays, and multimedia work related to her work in Limited Fork Theory (

Among her awards are a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Arts Council, an NEA grant, and the Witter Bynner Poetry Prize.

Moss is a professor emerita at the University of Michigan where she taught English and also art and design. Her work has become more experimental and combines multiple genres and fields of study, while also incorporating computer technology. Many of her Limited Fork Theory poems can be found online in podcast journals and on YouTube.

The third annual Network Detroit conference is hosted by Lawrence Tech and the Detroit Historical Society and is sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan Press.

Digital technology has revolutionized scholarship and research in the humanities, and now mobile devices are changing the way future college students interact with literature at a very young age. Network Detroit highlights digital humanities projects in the region and involves undergraduates, graduate students and university faculty. Museum archivists, publishing executives, scholars and teachers will report on the state of digital humanities projects and practices in their fields.

The topics for this year’s panels are:
• Reframing the Debate about Educational Technology
• Detroit, Justice, and the Digital
• Digital Collections Management
• Digital Pedagogy
• Digital Activism and Radicalism
• Teaching Diversity in Computing through Music, Literature, Art, and Sport
• Managing Detroit’s Digital Collections
• Games, Play, and Learning
• Race, Activism, and the Digital

The conference will conclude with a dinner at the Detroit Historical Society, where the keynote speaker will be Lisa Nakamura, a professor of American cultures at the University of Michigan.

Admission to the conference is $65 and includes the dinner. Students can attend the conference for free and the dinner for $25. To register, go to

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management.

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