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Naturally Speaking
Sandra Alland, published by espresso Books (Toronto)

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  • ISBN 978-0-9866214-1-3
  • 8.00
  • poems and a short essay
  • 32 pp
  • 2012

***co-winner of the 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award***

Naturally Speaking is Sandra Alland's poetic love affair with voice-activated software.

Naturally Speaking is a limited-edition, hand-bound, numbered art book, and contains poems and a short essay. In this collection, Alland composes at the bizarre intersection of disability poetics, artificial intelligence, gender, queer feminism and translation.

Sandra Alland is also the author of Proof of a Tongue (McGilligan Books, Toronto, 2004), Blissful Times (BookThug, Toronto, 2007) and Here's To Wang (Forest Publications, Edinburgh, 2009).

To read a feature article on Naturally Speaking, click here.

To watch/listen to a reading from Naturally Speaking, click here.


"...this collection is a truth towards ineffable laughter at & of togetherness... Sandra Alland explores new language junctions between the listening cognition recognition communication and communion... Allands pomes come from the disquieting collaboration artificial intelligence and speak to from of the processes of translation identity and pain."

Sandra Ridley and kevin mcpherson, judges of the
2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award