The fourth Code Poetry Slam, a competition that encourages poets and programmers to integrate the performance aspect of coding with more traditional notions of poetry, will be held this February.
Melissa Kagen, a German studies doctoral candidate, alongside Kurt James Werner, another Stanford graduate student, founded the Code Poetry Slam after being fascinated by how much of an art form computer code was and how computers were essentially “performing” code.
Code poetry combines elements of computer programming with the aesthetic qualities of poetry, which allows for leeway and creativity for poets, performers and programmers.
“People have done really wild, creative things,” Kagen said, who now organizes the Code Poetry slam. “It really depends on the poem.”