ASCII Poetry


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Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2018-04-19 19:00:00 2018-04-19 19:00:00 Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library


Event Description

Behind every letter of every word you tweet, every text you text, and everything you type on any computer, is a number. That number is part of the modern version of a code known as ASCII, a code that traces its origin all the way back to the telegraph.

As a way to celebrate this unappreciated workhorse during National Poetry Month artist and Senior Editor of Jalopnik Jason Torchinsky is working with NC State poets and musicians on a project where every letter of a poem is translated to its ASCII value and then turned into a musical tone on an old ‘70s/’80s-era Apple II.

Jason will talk about the history of ASCII, and the poets and musicians will present their compositions: poems who’s ASCII codes will be turned into music, of a sort.

This will be weird. But fun.

Contact Information

Marian Fragola

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

Computer Image for ASCII Poetry