Improvising poetry with a typewriter since 2013

I have been writing poetry on the spot for people for over a decade in different parts of the world and in different formats (street, festivals, markets and events). This passion and lifestyle has allowed me to type thousands of poems all around the world for all kinds of people and cultural contexts. Sharing experiences and emotions in such a way has been a true gift, and definitely shaped me to the person I have become.

During my travels I always found broken typewriters in markets and antique stores and the idea of recycling them was always floating around my head. I loved the aesthetics of the keys and thought about how perfect they would fit into jewelry, allowing the object itself to have a second life and become something meaningful for somebody instead of ending up in the rubbish.

After years of constant nomadism, I decided to settle in The beautiful island of Ibiza and finally brought this project to life. 


Publications

As a writer, my poems have been published in digital magazines such as Oculta Lit, Kokoro or La Rabia del Axolotl. I have participated in the anthology of pulp stories She was so bad (Aloha Ed., 2016) and I am the author of El arlequín sentado (Torremozas, 2017). In 2017 I was awarded with the XXIX Ana María Matute Prize for Narrative of women for my story "Where nobody wants us”.

I currently live in Ibiza, typing poems at the historical market of “Las Dalias” and at private villas, weddings and events. 

If you would like to have me and my typewriter in your event you can contact me through the contact form or through this email taniapanesgz@gmail.com.





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The recycling process

Each typewriter that I recycle is broken beyond repair. Sometime pieces are missing or the carriage is completely stuck. Sometimes the typewriter is so rusty that the color is completely gone. The idea is to recycle as many parts as possible (if I can, I send pieces to people who still repair typewriters machines -there are a few left in Spain- since these pieces are no longer produced in any part of the world and can be essential to repair our remaining typewriters). 

The next step is to cut the keys with an angle grinder. This process consists of two parts: first, I do a general cut of the metal bars that hold the key, and second, I attach the key to the vice and do a second cut to flatten the back of the key. 

A third step comes next, consisting in cleaning and restoring the key depending on its needs (get rustiness away with a special product, sometimes opening the key to clean it from the inside or change the glass if its broken). Once the key is clean and restored, I store it with its relatives to be stuck on the holder with a special glue for metals. I cannot weld the keys because the paper burns and the glass usually breaks from the heat.