Creative Coding for Creative Writing: Digital Tools in the Poetry Classroom

Rooms 335-336, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, March 11, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Computational and digital poetry tools are increasingly accessible and easy to use, and offer exciting ways to help students compose new work, revise thoughtfully, and hone their sense of purpose as writers. This panel considers the merits of creative coding and other digital practices in poetry classrooms from MFA workshops to undergraduate surveys to high school enrichment programs. We’ll share our experiences using open-source, free, and fun tools to support specific pedagogical goals.

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Event Outline: Creative_Coding_panel_outline.pdf



Collier Nogues’s poetry collections are The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground and On the Other Side, Blue. She is an assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she teaches creative writing and digital poetics. She also edits poetry for Juked.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of Travesty Generator, a book of computational poetry long-listed for the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry.

Lai-Tze Fan is an assistant professor of English at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She researches, teaches, and practices digital storytelling, including through computational art and poetry in computer language, women's crafts, and e-waste.

Douglas Luman is cofounder of Container, art director at Stillhouse Press, head researcher at appliedpoetics.org and digital human. They teach computer science at Allegheny College and author of two books: The F Text (Inside the Castle, 2017), and Rationalism (Subulnary Editions, 2021).

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and recipient of three Bread Loaf scholarships. He holds an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University. Keith works as a writer and game designer in Chicago.


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