Katy Gero / Anastasia Voron

Katy Gero / Anastasia Voron

 

Katy Gero is a PhD student in Computer Science at Columbia University, working on models of poetic language, human-machine collaboration, and tools for artists. Katy is a published poet and essayist—her writing has been featured in Synaesthesia Magazine, the Blueshift Journal, Electric Literature, and more—and she is an alum of the School for Poetic Computation. She did her undergraduate work at MIT in mechanical engineering and worked in tech start-ups for 4 years as a jack-of-all-trades engineer before returning to school to figure out how AI and poetry could intersect in a way that was meaningful for scientists _and_ poets. Her research is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Anastasia Voron graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Art History and French. Her past professional experiences include positions at Sotheby’s NY and Paddle8. In 2015, she founded No Home Gallery, a nomadic art gallery that produced interactive exhibitions with unique teams. In 2017, she produced Escaping Time: Art From U.S. Prisons, a reoccurring exhibition that showcased over 500 pieces of original artwork created by currently incarcerated men and women. She currently works at Young New Yorkers, a nonprofit organization that offers alternatives to incarceration for court-involved youth. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog Lily, traveling with her partner, and getting better at embroidery.