Mariana is a human and writer. Via happy bits of intentional gurgitation and providential combustion, her 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. Her 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. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Pacific University, examining death of identity in Lorca’s duende and in Japanese death poems. She worked for six years as a creative director at Apple, recently penning the elusive voice of Siri, and overseeing its global character. She consults for Hanson Robotics on character writing for humanoid-robot-citizen Sophia; at Stanford University in studies on AI and authenticity; and on other AI projects with international visual artists.
In addition to writing, Mariana has worked in politics, fashion, and digital startups. She has been lucky to spend time with 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 her view begins with the question of what is human. She earned a BA in English Literature from Swarthmore College, with coursework at the Sorbonne in Paris, and a JD from Berkeley Law School in intellectual property, with a thesis on human bias. She was born in Taipei, grew up in northern NJ, and lived in NY. She now chills in the verdant equine hills of Silicon Valley with her inimitably incredible son. Because of him, her ear bends to the poetic voice of the quiet (past, present, and future). In the field of AI she would like to capture in robots the inherent joy, weirdness and absurdity of human language and interactions. She is working on a book.