Allison Parrish

Victor Tightrope

Word vectors are numerical representations of word meanings in a continuous high-dimensional space. Victor Tightrope is an application and framework for expressively manipulating word embeddings using signal processing algorithms to “write” poetic texts in real-time. The performance consists of a pre-scored piece composed for the application, presented simultaneously with a reading of the resulting text.

Allison is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet, with a focus on artificial intelligence and computational creativity. She is a Teacher at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she earned her master’s degree in 2008.

Named “Best Maker of Poetry Bots” by the Village Voice in 2016, Allison’s computer-generated poetry has recently been published in Ninth Letter and Vetch. She is the author of “@Everyword: The Book” (Instar, 2015), which collects the output of her popular long-term automated writing project that tweeted every word in the English language. The word game “Rewordable,” designed by Allison in collaboration with Adam Simon and Tim Szetela, was published by Penguin Random House in August 2017 after a successful round of Kickstarter funding. Her first full-length book of computer-generated poetry, “Articulations,” was published by Counterpath in 2018. Allison is originally from West Bountiful, Utah and currently lives in Brooklyn.