I am a human and a writer. Via happy bits of intentional gurgitation and providential combustion, my writing has appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, the Huffington Post, New York magazine, The Mississippi Review, GQ, Time Out New York, and Picture Magazine. My poems have won finalist for The Mississippi Review Prize, The Arts & Letters Rumi Poetry Prize, and The New Guard Literary Review's Knightville Poetry Contest. I am an MFA candidate in poetry at Pacific University, investigating death of identity in Lorca’s duende and in Japanese death poems. I worked for six years as a creative director at Apple, most recently penning the elusive voice of Siri and developing its global character. I consult for Hanson Robotics on character design for humanoid-robot-citizen Sophia, at Stanford University for studies on AI and authenticity, and on other artistic projects.
In addition to writing, I’ve also worked in politics, fashion, and editorial startups. I’ve been lucky to spend time with some very interesting people, slowly refining over the years an interest in the aesthetics of personality and voice. This is becoming more relevant, as the question of what is AI in my mind begins with the question of what is human. I earned a BA in English Literature from Swarthmore College, including a stint at the Sorbonne in Paris, and a JD from Berkeley Law School with a thesis on human bias. I was born in Taipei, grew up in northern NJ, and spent a good while in NY. I now chill in the verdant equine hills of Silicon Valley with my inimitably incredible son. Because of him, my ear bends to the poetic voice of the quiet (past, present, and future). In the field of AI I’d like to capture in robots the inherent joy and absurdity of human language. I am working on a book.