This series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. The 100 Boots Poetry Series is co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & Projects Plus Gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, will be available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The first event of the season features readings by poets Aditi Machado and Geoffrey G. O’Brien. We encourage visitors to arrive early due to limited seating.

Aditi Machado is a poet, translator, and editor from Banagalor, India. Her book Some Beheadings (Nightboat, 2017) received The Believer Poetry Award in 2018. Her other work includes a translation of Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia (Action, 2016); several chapbooks, the most recent of which is This Touch (Belladonna*, 2018); as well as prose and poetry appearing or forthcoming in Western Humanities Review, The Iowa Review,Witness,Jacket2, Seedings, Volt, and Lana Turner Journal, among other journals. Machado is the poetry editor of Asymptote, an international journal of translation, and is a Visiting Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis in the Department of English.

Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s latest book is Experience in Groups (Wave, 2018). He is also the author most recently of People on Sunday (Wave, 2013) and the coauthor of Three Poets (Minus A Press, 2012) with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly. O’Brien is Professor of English at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.