Benjamin Laird

About Benjamin Laird

I am a software engineer at Octopus Energy Australia, teach digital writing at RMIT University, and support the Cordite Poetry Review website in my free time.

My undergraduate degrees are in engineering and computer science from Swinburne University of Technology and an honours year in creative writing at RMIT University. My honours exegesis, (en)coded poetry: read, write, execute (PDF), concerned the relationship between code and poetry and involved the creation of poems.

I have a PhD from the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University based in Melbourne, Australia. My research was in biographical poetry in print and programmable media. My PhD project, The Code of Things, involved a creative component—poetry in print and programmable media—and a dissertation.

I have worked as IT support, a puppet animation technician, a front-end web developer, a web application developer, a software developer and a creative technologist.

My essays, posts, and poetry have been published in various places.

In general, I am interested in digital poetry, poetry, metadata, the Semantic Web, Python, literature, publishing, ergodic literature, digital humanities and open source hardware.

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