Neil Aitken is a Chinese-Scottish Canadian writer and librettist whose texts are inspired by the intersections of nature, technology, migration, history, and culture. A former computer programmer, he left that industry in 2004 to pursue an MFA in creative writing at UC Riverside, and later, a Ph.D. at USC. He is the author of two books of poetry and a poetry chapbook, as well as an accomplished translator of contemporary Chinese poetry. For his work as a poet and translator, he has received the Philip Levine Prize, the Elgin Award, and the DJS Translation Prize, and has been a Kundiman Poetry Fellow three times. Working with composer Juhi Bansal, he is writing the libretto for an opera about Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century mathematician credited as the first computer programmer for her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. This is his first year working as an artist with LA Opera Connects. He presently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he works as a creative writing coach and manuscript editor.

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