UVA is hosting a Puzzle Poetics Symposium on October 26-27, in Alderman Library 421. The symposium, Puzzles, Bots, and Poetics, is being presented by the Puzzle Poetry Group and the Scholars' Lab, and is co-sponsored by the Page-Barbour Committee and the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures. Event organizers are describing it as a two-day conversation about poetics that includes computer scientists and literary and art history scholars. Events include coding workshops and examinations of poetic symbolism, psychology, and riddles.
The conversation kicks off on Friday at 9am with a talk and maker workshop from Kate Compton from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Computer Science department, titled "Making Things that Make Things." RSVPs are requested for the maker workshop or for lunch on Saturday to Brad Pasanek.
The Puzzle Poetry Group is an interdisciplinary collective that is examining poems as puzzles, drawing on laser cutters, 3D printers, cluster computing service units, art and architecture studios to isolate the substance of prosody, and apprehend shape as a medium.
Updates will be posted on the group's web site, Twitter, and Instagram.