An Entirely New Type of Poetry Slam

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“Code poetry has been around a while, at least in programming circles, but the conjunction of oral presentation and performance sounded really interesting to us,” said Werner. Added Kagen, “What we are interested is in the poetic aspect of code used as language to program a computer.”

The Stanford Code Poetry Slam, held for the first time this year, probed a fascinating intersection between technology, language, and verse.

Click through to their website to see the eight finalists, including the winning entry, in which computer-science doctoral student Leslie Wu recited code as she typed it, then ran the script to prompt the computer to recite verses from Psalms.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →