Reading Robot Poetry! Celebrating the publication of Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love

61ugTSQ3M4L copyJoin us for a robot inspired poetry reading celebrating the new collection, Radio Heart; or How Robots Fall Out of Love by Margaret Rhee, visiting assistant professor at the University of Oregon and BCNM alumna. The poetry collection investigates the intersections of love and robotics, inspired by the work of Professor Ken Goldberg, Alan Turing, and others. The event will include a short talk and a poetry reading by Rhee, with a very special guest reading by Professor Goldberg. Attendees are encouraged to bring your own tech/science inspired poetry to share!



picture-2836 Margaret Rhee is an artist and scholar engaged in the poetics and technologies of difference. As a poet, she is the author of Radio Heart; or How Robots Fall Out of Love, and the recipient of poetry fellowships from the Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and Kundiman. Her project The Kimchi Poetry Machine was sponsored by the UC Invention Lab and selected to exhibit at the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3. Currently, she is a visiting assistant professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies department at the University of Oregon. In 2014, she earned her Ph.D. in ethnic studies, with a designated emphasis in new media studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender.



BCNM was lucky to have alum Margaret Rhee return to UC Berkeley to read from her latest collection Radioheart: Or How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2016) on December 5th. Margaret first offered a talk situating the creative work in the context of her academic scholarship on representation and identity of Asian Americans. She argued that Asian Americans have been automatized and treated like “robots” by the media in America, while robots have been portrayed in media in the same terms as immigrants. Further explorations of robots, Margaret suggested, provide an interesting point of entry into investigating what it means to be human as a result. Creative explorations in particular offer the opportunity through affect to dismantle the binary relationships often at work in these discussions. Margaret then read several poems from her collection and invited Ken Goldberg, BCNM and EECS professor and mentor from her time at UCB, to read as well. It was a real treat to engage with Margaret’s work again and to celebrate her continued success! Check out the photos below!

2016 Reading Robot Poetry