Making Poems out of Trash: A Writing Workshop with Aditi Machado

Join The Open Mouth Literary Center for a generative workshop, Making Poems out of Trash, with featured poet Aditi Machado.

But is it trash or is it compost? In this workshop, we’ll mess about with old poem drafts and little bits of language you don’t know what to do with. Mess about = techniques of collage, machine translation, and other fun stuff. We won’t be performing conventional critiques or making revisions. We will be making something NEW. Please bring some of your old writings to this workshop.

The workshop will take place virtually via Zoom with Otter Live Captions. An ASL interpreter will be present. Access copies of workshop materials will be made available via Google Docs.

Register for the virtual workshop by clicking on the "Registration" button on the Eventbrite page, donating any amount you can, and entering the required fields. You will receive an email with the Zoom information.

Suggested donation of $5.

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Aditi Machado is a poet, translator, and essayist. Her second book of poems Emporium received the James Laughlin Award and will appear in Fall 2020 from Nightboat. Her other works include the poetry collection Some Beheadings (Nightboat, 2017), a translation from the French of Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia (Action Books, 2016), and several chapbooks the most recent of which are a long poem called Rhapsody (Albion Books, 2020) and an essay titled The End (Ugly Duckling Presse, coming soon). Machado’s work appears in journals like Lana Turner, Volt, The Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and Jacket2. A former Poetry Editor for Asymptote (2011-2019), she works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. See more at