John Cayley is a digital poet, translator, publisher, bookdealer, and Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University. All these activities have been influenced by his training in Chinese language and culture. Details of his internationally recognized writing in networked and programmable media may be found on his personal website.
Cayley published Ink Bamboo, a book of poems, translations and adaptations with Agenda Editions, London, in 1996 but afterwards worked chiefly in digital media, winning, in 2001, the Electronic Literature Organization's inaugural Award for Poetry. In 2015 Cayley published a book bringing together original "supply" texts and works composed from generated poetic language, Image Generation.
He has taught or been associated with a number of universities in the United Kingdom, including the Performance Writing degree at Dartington College of Arts and the Department of English, Royal Holloway College, University of London, where he was an Honorary Research Associate. In the United States, he has taught or directed research at the University of California San Diego and Brown University, where he is now Professor of Literary Arts, with a brief to teach and develop writing in digital media. His most recent work explores ambient poetics in programmable media, writing in immersive artificial audiovisual environments, and aestheticized vectors of reading; with parallel theoretical interventions concerning the role of code, the temporal properties of textuality, and 'writing to be found' with/against the services of totalizing statistical models of language.
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