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Evans Library presents

Edmund Skellings: Poet of Technology

 

Skellings Display Case

 

Edmund Skellings passed away peacefully on August 19, 2012 in his home. He was 80 years old. Go to the Florida Tech Blog post, In Memory of Dr. Edmund Skellings, to read an interview from Diane Newman, Evans Library Archive manager and longtime friend and colleague of Dr. Skellings.


Skellings Tribute


Featured in the Evans Library is Edmund Skellings: Poet of Technology, a display that showcases the work of Edmund Skellings, Poet Laureate of Florida. The Edmund Skellings Collection, an extensive digitized archive of his publications, performances, photographs and literary correspondence spanning over a half a century, is also available online at http://research.fit.edu/edmundskellings/. Over 1500 documents have been scanned and added to the archive. More will be added in the coming months. Visit some highlights of the display here on the website, including a photo gallery of the display.

Edmund Skellings

Dr. Edmund Skellings applies audio, video and digital communication techniques to modernize poetry for the 21st Century. Skellings is well known worldwide for his computer animated poems, which have won television prizes in Berlin, Tokyo, Madrid, New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles and were shown on national PBS by The Johns Hopkins University.

One of Skellings' many accomplishments is producing the first recordbook, Duels & Duets, which won the Chicago Midwest award for Book Design.

Skellings was granted a patent for his revolutionary Color Language Teaching Method, a computer program that color codes words to show linguistic patterns within poems for teaching purposes. Shortly after, IBM published The Electric Poet authoring system based on his teaching system.

The Evans Library is proud to showcase the lifetime contributions of Poet Laureate of Florida Edmund Skellings. Some of the items on display include:

  • Poem entitled "Male Lead" written by Skellings for actor Burt Reynold and a thank-you letter from Burt Reynolds
  • Poem entitiled "Oval" and a framed gift of flowers and a butterfly that inspired the poem
  • Poster advertising Edmund Skellings: The First Electric Poet
  • Certificate awarding Skellings Honoris Causa from the International Fine Arts College
  • Poem entitled "Frost to Skellings" written about Skellings' encounter with Robert Frost at the Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Photograph of Edmund Skellings with Robert Frost
  • Finalist award for animated version of "To His Machine" presented in a national competition by Telly Awards for non-broadcast video and film productions
  • Skellings' first book, Duels & Duets, containing vinyl recordings of him reciting his poetry
  • Nearing the Millennium, an award-winning video biography about Edmund Skellings, featuring his animated poetry
  • An award of excellence from the Joey Awards for Nearing the Millennium
  • Software programs, Comma Cat and Dictionary Dog, which operate with the Electric Poet authoring system that Skellings developed for IBM
  • Certificate naming Skellings as the Poet Laureate of the State of Florida in 1980
  • Signed photograph of Skellings and Governor Bob Graham at the Poet Laureate of Florida inauguration
  • Letter of congratulations from Governor Bob Graham to Skellings
  • Tribute from the Florida House of Representatives in honor of Skellings' birthday on March 12, 1992
  • An award for Superpoems, a video recording of poetry written and performed by Skellings and animated at the Florida Center for Electronic Communication
  • Finalist award from the New York Festivals for "Quartet in 3D"

 

Edmund Skellings Display

 View a collection of books written by Edmund Skellings at the Evans Library display.

 

Duels & Duets book cover Heart Attacks book cover Face Value book cover
Showing My Age book cover Collected Poems book cover Living Proof book cover

Click on a book cover to view the online version of the book.

 

Bibliography

Skellings, Edmund. (1960). Duels & Duets: Poems with the World. Iowa City: Quara Press.
Skellings, Edmund. (1976). Heart Attacks: [poems]. Gainesville: University Presses of Florida.
Skellings, Edmund. (1977). Face Value: [poems]. Orlando: University Presses of Florida.
Skellings, Edmund. (1978). Showing My Age. Miami: University Presses of Florida.
Skellings, Edmund. (1985). Living Proof: Poems. Miami: Florida International University Press.
Skellings, Edmund. (1998). Collected Poems, 1958-1998 [Poems]. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
Skellings, Edmund. (2003). Word Songs. Ft. Lauderdale: Florida Center for Electronic Communication Florida Atlantic University.


Skellings Book Covers
Edmund Skellings’ American Poetry Trilogy covered three classic themes: Heart Attacks (1976) explores man and science, Face Value (1977) concerns man and mankind, and Showing My Age (1978) depicts man and society.

 

Word Songs
Click on the book cover to go to a collection of poetry written and performed by Edmund Skellings and animated at the Florida Center for Electronic Education.

 

Skellings Brochure Cover Skellings Inside Brochure Skellings Back Brochure

Click on the images above for a larger view of a brochure on the Edmund Skellings Collection.


Selected Poems CD

Click on the Edmund Skellings' Selected Poems CD above to listen to poems recited by Skellings.


Visitors can view the Edmund Skellings display in the first floor of the Evans Library.

Related Media

PowerPoint presentation on Edmund Skellings

Photo Gallery

Edmund Skellings passed away peacefully on August 19, 2012 in his home. He was 80 years old. Go to the Florida Tech blog post, In Memory of Dr. Edmund Skellings, to read an interview from Diane Newman, Evans Library Archive manager and longtime friend and colleague of Dr. Skellings.

Evans Library is proud to display an extensive collection of items pertaining to Florida Poet Laureate Edmund Skellings.Edmund Skellings wrote "Male Lead" for actor Burt Reynolds after numerous requests from his friend, Robert O. Collins, an entertainment attorney."Oval," is a poem by Skellings that was inspired by the gift of pressed flowers and a butterfly from a young poet named Jay Taylor.Edmund Skellings performed live poetry as The First Electric Poet to college audiences.
Edmund Skellings was offered Honoris Causa by the International Fine Arts College (left). Skellings wrote a poem about his encounter with Robert Frost at the Iowa Writers' Workshop (right). The display boasts a collection of books written by Edmund Skellings, including Collected Poems: 1958-1998 and an audio CD of the poet reciting his work.The animated version of "To his Machine" received Finalist Award in a national competition by Telly Awards for non-broadcast video and film productions.Edmund Skellings' first book, Duels & Duets, contained vinyl recordings of the young poet reciting his poetry.
Paul Engle, Director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, had Skellings' picture taken with Robert Frost when the famous New England poet came to the University of Iowa.Skellings toured the college circuit as The First Electric Poet performing his work with electric amplification.IBM published the Electric Poet authoring system based upon Skellings' patent.Governor Bob Graham appointed Skellings Poet Laureate of Florida at the inauguration in 1980.
A tribute was given to Skellings by the Florida House of Representatives on March 12, 1992 in honor of his birthday.Skellings received an award for "Superpoems," a video recording of poetry written and performed by the poet and animated at the Florida Center for Electronic Communication.Skellings received the Finalist Award at the New York Festivals for "Quartet in 3D."Edmund Skellings performed as the Electric Poet at the University of Florida.
Edmund Skellings performed as the Electric Poet at the University of Florida."Nearing the Millenium" is an award-winning video biography about Edmund Skellings, featuring his animated poetry.Skellings used color highlights created on an Intelligence Systems Computer (ISC) and printed out this poem using a Xerox color graphics printer in 1978. This transformation allowed him to point out the poetic elements.A PowerPoint presentation on Edmund Skellings' is featured next to the Evans Library display.


 

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