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 Neil Tangaroa Aitken is the author of The Lost Country of Sight (Winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize) which will be published by Anhinga Press in Fall 2008. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times and has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Drunken Boat, Ninth Letter, Poetry Southeast, Sou'wester, and elsewhere.

     Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Neil grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and the western parts of the United States and Canada. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California - Riverside, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. 

     In a former career, Neil was a computer programmer for Vivendi Universal Games, a multi-national games publisher. Although he no longer writes game code for companies, his love of programming and technology has recently manifested itself in his current poetry manuscript project, Babbage's Dream, which explores the themes of exile, beauty, and isolation within the world of computers and computer programmers. Poems from this manuscript have already been finding homes in fine literary journals.

     When not writing poetry or designing websites, Neil serves as the editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, an online literary journal focused on publishing poetry and showcasing reviews and interviews pertaining to first books of poetry. You can visit it here.

Excerpt: Three Takes on an Aesthetic and a Synthesis

"If writing is a form of exile then what is beautiful must be that which echoes something from the land I came from, some familiar line or phrase borrowed from the language of loss and memory. Whether that land is a place in time, in the world, or in some buried emotional reality, it is a meeting ground for many people. It must be a universal language. Something that lies at the root of what we all long to say, but do not know how."

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