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“In a world of disrupt and competition and polar dichotomies,
The Operating System crucially widens space for what is possible.”

 
“A revelation…what publishing should be but rarely is”


“a press that accepts no boundaries between forms,
that views literature as inseparable from the rest of the arts,…
a rarity, a potent force in lineage with the great art-book publishers of the past.”

“Working with The OS is like coming home.”

Welcome to The Operating System.
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NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 

The Operating System has been listed in Entropy mag’s “Best of 2017″ Presses, Magazines, Publishers and Journals list, and Margaret Rhee’s Love, Robot also selected as one of the mag’s Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections of 2017. We’re also grateful to be listed as one of the “Presses That Slayed” in 2017, in Joanna Valente’s year end list.

Love, Robot has beautiful reviews in both The Chicago Review of Books  and Publisher’s Weekly.

Peter Milne Greiner’s collection, Lost City Hydrothermal Field, had a standing room only launch in October at the Cinema of the Wythe Hotel, and received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. There is also an interview with PMG and Joanna Valente, who shared the stage at the launch, up at LunaLuna.

Two new interviews with Founder and Managing Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson about The Operating System are up as part of Entropy’s Small Press Database as well as at Culture Designers.

Ashraf Fayadh has won the 2017 Oxfam Novib/PEN Award for Freedom of Expression. His book, Instructions Within, translated by Mona Kareem with Jonathan Wright and Mona Zaki, was longlisted for the 10th Annual Best Translated Book Awards; check out the “Why This Book Should Win [the BTBA]” article on Instructions Within on the Rochester website, by Riffraff Bookstore owner Emma Ramadan. Here’s an April 2017 review at The Messy Booker,  a review and feature from Publisher’s Weekly around its release in October 2016, and an excerpt and interview with Mona Kareem at Words Without Borders.

Amanda Ngoho Reavey’s Marilyn has won the 2016 award for Best Book of Creative Writing (Poetry) from the Association of Asian American Studies

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OPPORTUNITIES and RESOURCES 

The OS is growing! Are you interested in becoming an intern, or do you have a special skill you’d like to apply to the OS community? Not sure, but want to get involved somehow? Reach out at operator@theoperatingsystem.org.

The Operating System is a peer-facilitated experiment in the redistribution of creative resources and possibility. Join us!

We are committed to gathering resources for citizen action, to transparency, to a unique publishing model, and to continuous evolution.

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Explore our extensive archives of original content, including 5 years of our annual 30/30/30 Poetry Month series.

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EVENTS and WORKSHOPS 

MAY 4 :: BROADSIDE READING SERIES: JP HOWARD AND JESS X SNOW @ CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

MAY 4 :: SHARING PLASTIC LAUNCH WITH BLAKE NEMEC, AERIN COOPER, NORA GAINES, AND KIAM MARCELO JUNIO @ WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST BOOKSTORE, CHICAGO

MAY 5 :: RACE IN THE MEDIA: A POETRY WORKSHOP @ BROOKLYN COLLEGE :: LED BY CHET’LA SEBREE AND MARGARET RHEE, PART OF ALEX JUHASZ COLLABORATIVE POETRY PROJECT, #100HARDTRUTHS-#FAKENEWS – RESERVE A SPOT TO PARTICIPATE HERE, AND READ MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT ON OUR FIELD NOTES SERIES HERE

May 11-12 :: Feminist Poetics, Emergent Pegagogies Symposium: @ Immanuel Presbyterian Church and Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles; Hosted by Margaret Rhee and Andrea Quaid, with Tia Blassingame, Erica Kaufman, Jennifer Scappettone and Celina Su. Including a featured workshop by Lynne DeSilva-Johnson.

MAY 12 :: INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE PRINT FEST @ IPK, 20 COOPER SQUARE, 11-4PM, FREE

May 25 :: Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction:: Book Launch and Couples Counseling for Artists and Institutions Workshop @ Knockdown Center, Queens NY

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RECENT TITLES

LOST CITY HYDROTHERMAL FIELD – Peter Milne Greiner
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LOVE, ROBOT – Margaret Rhee
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FLOWER WORLD VARIATIONS – Jerome Rothenberg
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– LA CAMANDANTE MAY -Rita Valdivia (trans. Margaret Randall)
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