Sasha Stiles a first-generation Kalmyk-American poet, artist and AI researcher widely recognized as a pioneer of generative literature and language art. Her award-winning work fuses elements of poetry, art, code, AI, digital humanities and web3 creativity to probe what it means to be human in a nearly posthuman era.
Stiles is author of the “instant techno classic” poetry collection, Technelegy (Black Spring Press Group, 2021), and has been named “perhaps the leading blockchain poet” by Right Click Save, as well as one of the top 10 NFT artists to watch in 2023. Her work is available via many of the world’s top platforms, including fxhash, Quantum, SuperRare, Objkt, Foundation, Nifty Gateway, Artsy, and Infinite Objects. In 2022, she became the first writer to bring AI-powered literature to a major auction house when her poem, “COMPLETION: When it’s just you,” sold at Christie’s. Other honors include a Future Art Award, nominations for the Forward Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and finalist status for the Christopher Smart Prize and Palette Emerging Poet Prize.
A sought-after thought leader in the arena of blockchain poetics and publishing innovation, Stiles has spoken at events and institutions including Art Basel (Switzerland), the Brooklyn Museum, SXSW, Digilogue Istanbul, Parsons The New School, Binghamton University, the University of Colorado – Boulder, the Ai4 Summit, Miami Art Week, Art Market San Francisco, Consensus, NFT NYC and NFT London, and has exhibited at venues such as Superchief Gallery NYC, SuperRare Gallery, Kunsthalle Zurich, Annka Kultys Gallery, Unit London, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, SCOPE Art Show, Art Cologne, the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art, Krasl Art Center, L’Avant Galerie Vossen, the Carousel de Louvre, CADAF Paris, Digital Art Month NYC, New York Fashion Week, the billboards of Shibuya, Tokyo, and virtual Times Square.
As poetry mentor to BINA48 since 2018, Stiles is engaged in shaping the literary mindfile of one of the world’s most advanced humanoid AI robots. Her work often incorporates elements of nature, investigating nonhuman intelligence and the ethos of consciousness. Her ongoing experiments with natural language processing posit new modes of human-machine collaboration, challenging what we know about cognition and creativity.
Stiles is also co-founder of theVERSEverse, an acclaimed crypto literary collective where poems are art, poetry is code, and language is limitless. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, Stiles lives just outside New York City with her husband and studio partner, Kris Bones.