Computational Poetry Workshop (UCSC)

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University of California Santa Cruz

Engineering 2, 1156 High Street

Room 180

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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When: May 25th, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:30pm

Where: UCSC Campus, Engineering 2, in E2-180, the BSOE Events Center (previously the Similarium)

The Computational Poetry Workshop is dedicated to the poetic use of computational and generative media. We invite you to join us for our look at the intersection between computation and poetry.

Our Speaker

Allison is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet, with a focus on artificial intelligence and computational creativity. She is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she earned her master's degree in 2008.

Named "Best Maker of Poetry Bots" by the Village Voice in 2016, Allison's computer-generated poetry has recently been published in Ninth Letter and Vetch. She is the author of "@Everyword: The Book" (Instar, 2015), which collects the output of her popular long-term automated writing project that tweeted every word in the English language. The word game "Rewordable," designed by Allison in collaboration with Adam Simon and Tim Szetela, was published by Penguin Random House in August 2017 after a successful round of Kickstarter funding. Her first full-length book of computer-generated poetry, "Articulations," was published by Counterpath in 2018.


11:00 am - Talk

12:00 am - Lunch (provided for registed attendants, vegetarian and vegan options included)

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Additional Talks

Computers and Poetry

Using computers for poetry has a history almost as long as computers themselves, dating back at least to Christopher Strachey’s use of the Manchester Mark I to write combinatory love letters. But despite the long history of electronic literature, a dialogue gap remains between the humanities and the engineering-dominated world of computers.

There are many active computational poets, working with generative art or computer-mediated composition or display. Computers will never replace poets. But poets are using computational forms to explore means of expression that were previously inaccessible.


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Yes! You can find our Code of Conduct on the event site. Addendees are expected to follow the code of conduct when attending the Workshop or related events.

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