Reading & Discussion: Neil Aitken “The Sound of a Distant Engine: Writing Babbage & Lovelace into Poetry”

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Join DigLibArts and the Department of Mathematics on Wednesday March 25, 2015 when we host Neil Aitken for a poetry reading and discussion on the lives and work of nineteenth-century computer pioneers Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace.


Wednesday, March 25th
10am – 10:50am
Wardman Library, Faculty Alcove


Neil Aitken is the author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, and founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review. Born in Vancouver, BC, he grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of western United States and Canada. A proud Kundiman fellow and a former computer programmer, his poems have appeared in American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Aitken holds degrees in both Computer Science and Creative Writing, and will be completing his Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California this May.  His current manuscript, Babbage’s Dream, recently placed as a semi-finalist for the Anthony Hecht Prize and explores the themes of beauty, loss, and transformation in the context of the computer programming, the history of computers, and the life of Charles Babbage.  Some of the poems from Babbage’s Dream are forthcoming in Leviathan, a poetry chapbook that will be published later this year by Hyacinth Girl Press.