Turbulence.org Commission: “A Travel Guide” by Allison Parrish

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“A Travel Guide” is a web-based, location-based, mobile-centric application for randomly creating short, poetic texts in the style of the travel guide. “A Travel Guide” has as its goal to give its visitors an alternate reading of place, through the serendipitous juxtaposition of their current location with evocative procedural text.

“A Travel Guide” is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation, now celebrating 50 years of the creative spirit of emerging artists.


Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet. Allison is currently the Digital Creative Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University and an adjunct professor/”something-in-residence” at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she teaches a course on writing computer programs that generate poetry.

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