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Pop-up: Neil Aitken

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Neil Aitken reads from him book of poetry Babbage’s Dream in the Portland Art Museum galleries.

Aitken is paired with Jetty by Hank Kowert; found in the Northwest Art, floor 3, gallery 305. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


“In stunningly elegant couplets, Neil Aitken transposes the dreams of machines and humans into musical, sonically deft lyrics that sing songs of creation, vision, possibility, futurity. These beautifully crafted poems—evoking the designs of nineteenth-century mathematician Charles Babbage, who conceptualized the first mechanical programmable computer—explore the tautologies between mathematics and song, science and lyric, the rational and the passionate, dystopia and hope. In the infinite tape loop of memory and imagination, Babbage’s Dream posits a Turing Test in which the reader circles both anxiously and gloriously through aspects of making, maker, and the made.”
—Lee Ann Roripaugh, Author of Dandarians

Neil Aitken

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), which won the Philip Levine Prize, and Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017), as well as a chapbook of poetry, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016). He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review and his own poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Poetry Review, and many other literary journals. Born in Vancouver, BC, Neil grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of western United States and Canada. He now resides in Vancouver, Washington where he works as a creative writing coach and workshop facilitator. He also co-directs De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a mobile reading library that showcases work by writers of color. Visit him online at neil-aitken.com

In addition to his festival event, Neil Aitken is teaching the following workshop: 

Healing the Fractures: Writing From Deep Experience  Saturday, November 10, 2018 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Info HERE 
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