I wanted to introduce myself to the HASTAC community in earnest. I guess I will start that right here.
I am a sophomore in Hamilton College pursuing studies in political economy. Last summer, I had a great opportunity to work with Professor O'Neill from the English department on a initiative to create a digital archive for the works of Kashmiri-American poet. Our aim was to use new media technology like text analysis tools to analyze Shahid's poems and also make these results widely available.
My major interest in the project was Shahid himself, who expressed the separation and longing for his home. If you are familiar with the conflict in Kashmir, you will understand the pains the poet might have gone through.
By the end of summer, I did get to learn a great deal about Shahid's life, while getting enchanted in the depth of his lyric poetry. I wish to continue working on the project, and will update my blog with our progress.