The Department of Digital + Media
Rhode Island School of Design

D+M Visiting Artist Series: John Cayley

John Cayley is a London-based poet, translator, sinologist and publisher, born in Ottawa, Canada. He is the founding editor of Wellsweep, a small press which has specialised in literary translation from Chinese, and he is known internationally for his writing in networked and programmable media ( Cayley is the recent winner of the Electronic Literature Organization‘s Award for Poetry 2001. Wellsweep has published pioneering selections from individual Chinese poets and the first ever English translation of a Chinese martial arts and fantasy novel. His last book of poems, adaptations and translations is Ink Bamboo (London: Agenda & Belew, 1996). Cayley has lectured on the writing programme at the University of California, San Diego, where he was also a Research Associate of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). He is now an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of English, Royal Holloway College, University of London, and an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Arts, in close association with their degree-level course on Performance Writing.