Deena began doing digital literature before the internet. Her voice emerged when she transferred her language-art installations made with real cards and physical threads onto hypercard in the 1980s. She also interviewed most of the core key practitioners.

Deena's wikipedia entry describes her pioneering efforts better than I ever could.

"Deena Larsen (born 1964) is a new media, hypertext author, known for ground-breaking work in creating structural patterns in hypermedia literature. Larsen has been working with electronic literature since the 1980s and is considered one of the pioneer artists in the field.[1] Her work has been published in online journals such as the Iowa Review Web, Cauldron and Net, frAme, inFLECT, and Blue Moon Review. Since May 2007, the Deena Larsen Collection of early electronic literature has been housed at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deena_Larsen

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