Talks & Lectures

Invited Lectures

“Comparative Machine-Aided Close Listening.” Plotting Poetry: Bringing Deep Learning to Computational Poetry Analysis Conference. Freie Universität Berlin. September 2018.

“Dialectical Materialities: PennSound, early poetry audio, and disc-to-disk translations.” Invited lecture, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland. Digital Dialogues Series. April 2018.

“The Quantified Poem: Finding the Phrasing in William Carlos Williams’ Poetry.” Invited lecture, Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. February 2018.

“Radio Free Poetry: PennSound @ 14,” with Charles Bernstein. Invited lecture, University of Pennsylvania. November 2017.

“Machine-Aided Close Listening and the Poetic Phonotext.”  Concordia University. Montreal, Canada. October 2017.

“Robert Frost, the Speech Lab Recordings, and a Machine-Aided Close Listening of ‘Mending Wall.’” Part of a presentation with Natalie Gerber and Setsuko Yokoyama. Robert Frost Symposium. Bennington, Vermont. September 2017.

“Poetry(,) Audio(,) Platform.: Experimental digital analyses of the poetic phonotext.” Invited lecture, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. Lab of Prof. Dr. Winfried Menninghaus. Frankfurt, Germany. April 2017.

“PennSound and the Archaeo-Platform,” keynote lecture with Charles Bernstein, Les archives sonores de la poésie conference, Paris-Sorbonne. Paris, Fr. November 2016.

Featured speaker, 2015 Vachel Lindsay Association Annual Meeting. Invited Speaker. Springfield, IL. November 2015.

“PennSound, Phonotextuality, and Poetry Audio Research.” Featured speaker (invited), Penn State Abington Fall 2014 Arts & Humanities Colloquium. Abington, PA. October 2014.

“Toward Determining the Provenance of Poetry Recordings Using High-Performance Computing Tools.” Invited speaker, High-Performance Sound Technologies for Scholarship and Access Conference. Austin, TX. May 2014.


Machine-Aided Close Listening

Check out the prototypes of these tools for Machine-Aided Close Listening, a reading-listening methodology that seeks to align the visual forms of poems with their sonic forms. Article on this topic forthcoming in Digital Humanities Quarterly. These tools were developed with Reuben Wetherbee and my research assitant Zoe Stoller.

* Robert Creeley's "I Know a Man"
* Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"
* Comparative tool for William Carlos Williams' "To Elsie"