Submissions for Issue #2

Anyone is welcome to submit for possible publication in future issues, but please see the information about our reading periods and the specific calls for each issue. We plan for the information about each N+1th issue to be available in the Nth issue, just as the information about the second issue is available here.
Taper #2: Poems of Two will be the next issue, exploring literary and numerical themes of the number 2. Taper melds the literary traditions of the Oulipo with the restrictions of computing systems to provide a fertile ground for creativity. For this issue, we invite self-contained computational pieces that explore "two" in diverse ways: e.g. mathematical expression (doubles, halves), juxtaposition (pairs, inverses), and/or language constructions (bigrams, digrams). Submissions should use or easily be placed in our template (seen in each of the pieces in Taper #1), be valid HTML5, and include ES6 so that all parts of the page after the header fit within, this time, a 2KB or 2048 byte constraint. (Taper #1 had a smaller 1KB limit.) Submissions should not use any external libraries or APIs or link to any external resources, including fonts.
Refer to the about page in the first issue for license terms under which all poems have been and will be released; by submitting to Taper #2, you agree that, if we accept your work, we may release it, copyright by you, under this same short all-permissive license. We invite submissions from those interested in participating at by September 1, 2018. Simply attach your work in the form of HTML files, and send up to five submissions.
The editorial collective of Taper #2:
Sebastian Bartlett, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Angela Chang, Kaelan Clare Doyle Myerscough, Rachel Paige Thompson
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Issue #1 Authors

Sebastian Bartlett is an undergraduate studying computer science at MIT. He is an arcade game enthusiast who owns, maintains, and is currently studying vintage coin-operated games. He is developing online cross-platform computer games using the Löve2D framework, and has created educational tutorials and lectures on game development principles — see
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of Personal Science (Tupelo Press), a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press), But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press), and Grand Dessein (Container). She teaches in the creative writing MFA at UMass Boston — see
Angela Chang enjoys tinkering with technology to craft shared experiences and bring people closer together. She researches how sensorial design can enhance cognition, collaboration, and presence. Chang is interested in simplifying representations of hidden or complex relationships to improve understanding and communication. People across five continents, from rural children in Ethiopia to audiences in Japan, have experienced her work. She is a member of the MIT Trope Tank, the Berkley Cultural Council, and Emerson College — see
Milton Läufer is an Argentinian writer, journalist and teacher who lives in Brooklyn. He has published articles and short stories in Esquire, Vice, Guernica, CIA Revista, and Otra Parte, and participated in art exhibitions in Latin America, the US and Europe. He earned a creative writing MFA at NYU and is now doing a PhD there focused on digital literature in Latin America. He was the 2016-2017 writer-in-residence at The Trope Tank, at MIT. In 2015 he published Lagunas, a partially algorithmic-generated novel, online. His second computer generated novel, A Noise Such as a Man Might Make, will be published in 2018 by Counterpath — see
Nick Montfort’s books of poetry include The Truelist (Counterpath); Sliders (Bad Quarto); Autopia (Troll Thread); with collaborators, 2x6 (Les Figues); #! (Counterpath), and Riddle & Bind (Spineless Books). He lives in New York and Boston, teaches at MIT, edits the Counterpath series of computer-generated books Using Electricity, and has completed more than fifty individual and collaborative digital projects of different sorts — see
Pierre Tchetgen a.k.a. kwe is a poet, designer of digital media learning technologies, and co-author of The Wellness Guide, a DIY multimedia zine published by Word. Sound. Life. As a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education (UC Berkeley) and visiting scholar in the Trope Tank at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing, his research focus is on understanding what affordances African talking drums and drum languages can contribute to children’s early literacy and social-emotional development, especially when mediated via embodied learning technologies. “Alpha Riddims” is his first digital drum poem — see
This page and the main page of Taper #1 are offered under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license so you can copy and share these two pages, and the whole issue, without modifications. (These pages are mainly informational; We do not want you to edit the author's biographies, modify the open call for Taper #1, or change the way our authors and editors spell their names, for instance.) Each poem is offered individually under a short all-permissive free software license that appears in a comment at the top of each poem's source code. That means you can use any or all of the poems however you like. You are free to study, modify, and share these poems, use them as the basis for projects of your own, and share your modified versions, among other things.
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