Alphanumeric Labs

June 2003

Alphanumeric Labs, which is being spotlighted by Turbulence, is the first project presented by a member of the “Superheroes of Humanities”. The persona is Howard Fineman. The genre is “Genre-Splicing.” Highland wrote for over 25 years before making the transition from traditional Literary Fiction to the genres he practices today.

August Highland is the Director of Culture Animal, a literary production company. Culture Animal presents tens of thousands of literary works by August Highland under multiple personae. This conceptual literary performance is called “Metapoetics Theatre”. Culture Animal has developed over 30 projects.

For each project, Highland designs an individual website. The work is presented by one or more personae who produce literary work in a particular genre or subgenre originated by Highland himself. All the personae of Culture Animal are members of one of three simulated literary movements. They are the “Worldwide Literati Mobilization Network, the “International Belles Lettres Federation” and the “Superheroes of Humanities”.

The literary genres that August Highland has originated are “Hyper-Literary Fiction”, “Microlinear Storytelling”, “Next-Gen Nanopoetics”, and “Genre-Splicing”. There are over 80 personae who collectively have produced over 100,000 literary works that are generally 1,000 pages in length.

Each volume of text produced by Highland is sold as a one-of-a-kind literary work. Like a work on canvas, once the original is bought, the owner owns the only copy of this Highland work. The cost of an individual literary work by August Highland is $350-$500. Each volume is presented on high-grade archival paper, unbound, in a custom-designed box that is available in one of three different wood types.

August Highland is also Editor and Publisher of an online international literary quarterly. The “Muse Apprentice Guild” first appeared online in August, 2002. The premiere issue contained 60 writers and 100 literary works. The Spring, 2003 issue of the M.A.G. presented over 4,000 literary works by 600 writers. The M.A.G. has 35 contributing editors or “liaisons” around the world and is the Internet’s largest and most widely read international literary quarterly.


This work is no longer accessible, and August Highland is nowhere to be found.