Patrick Herron

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Patrick Herron ( is a poet, artist and information scientist from Chapel Hill, NC, US. His doll Lester is the author of Be Somebody (2008, Effing Press), about which Pulitzer winner Ron Silliman wrote, "Like somebody who understands that what makes Moby Dick great is all that stuff about whales, Be Somebody is difficult in the way the very best books are." Patrick is the author of several books of poetry including The American Godwar Complex (2004, BlazeVox) as well as a recent book on the relationship between text mining and scientific discovery in medicine (2008, Verlag Dr. Mueller). He is now working on a new volume of poetry tentatively entited_Embedded_. Patrick's poetry and media art has appeared in the Tokyo Metropolitan ArtMuseum and his ( was the first new media poetics site added to the permanent collection of the New Museum for Contemporary Art. You may find some of Patrick's poems and essays in print and online journals such as The Exquisite Corpse, Jacket, Fulcrum, Fanzine, A Chide's Alphabet, and Talisman. He is the founder of the Carrboro International Poetry Festival, a member of the board of Carolina Wren Press, winner of the 2005 Triangle Arts Award from The Independent (Durham, NC, US), and a former Carrboro NC Poet Laureate.

Patrick teaches new media studies, develops serious games (Virtual Peace,, a HASTAC DML winner), and studies global innovation networks for the Jenkins Chair at Duke University. He recently published a lengthy analysis of Chinese biopharmaceutical nanotechnology along with Tim Lenoir. The two have collaborated on developing bleeding-edge retrieval and visualization tools including SparkIP and are now collaborating on the development of a real-time meme network tracker and visualizer.

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