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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.
We’re happy you’re here.

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 

We’re moving all our online content over to Medium! Now exploring our interviews, excerpts, the 30/30/30 project and more will be even easier! Head on over to our Medium page to see what’s there so far!

The Operating System now offers two types of subscriptions! Check out our subscriptions page to learn about our Book of the Month subscription and our Chapbook Series subscription.

Read a review of Stephanie Heit’s The Color She Gave Gravity in Anomaly Blog!

Read a glowing review of Chely Lima’s What The Werewolf Told Them in Publishers Weekly!

We love this review of Caits Meissner’s Let It Die Hungry from New Pages!

Read new interviews with OS founder managing editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson at EntropyCulture Designers!

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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.

Learn more about / join the Small Press Union

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 

Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers read at Horizon Books in Traverse City, MI on August 12

Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and Anton Yakovlev read at the I <3 John Giorno Poetry Jam @ Artists Space

The OS tables at Philalalia September 14-16

The OS tables with Small Press Union at Brooklyn Book Festival September 17

Join us for the launch of Peter Milne Greiner’s Lost City Hydrothermal Field on October 11th at Wythe Hotel

MORE HAPPENINGS

PRINT DOCUMENTS

JUST RELEASED:

Shabnam Piryaei’s “Nothing Is Wasted”
Williams Considine’s “The Furies”
Joanna C. Valente, “Marys of the Sea.”
Chely Lima, “Lo Que Les Dico El Licántropo / What the Werewolf Told Them,” (trans. Margaret Randall)
Jessica Tyner Mehta, “Secret-Telling Bones”
Patrick Roche, “An Exercise In Necromancy”

FORTHCOMING SUMMER / FALL 2017:

Margaret Rhee, “Love, Robot”
Peter Milne Greiner, “Lost City Hydrothermal Field”
Rita Valdivia (trans. Margarett Randall), “La Comandante Maya”
Jerome Rosenthal, “Flower World Variations Expanded Edition”

OUR FULL CATALOG into 2018 is available for purchase or preorder

Thank you to EVERYONE who donated to our 2016 Indiegogo Campaign!
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The Operating System is growing steadily! Help us grow!
We accept secure online tax deductible donations year-round via Fractured Atlas

RECENT TITLES

FLOWER WORLD VARIATIONS EXPANDED EDITION – Jerome Rothenberg and Harold Cohen
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NOTHING IS WASTED – Shabnam Piryaei
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LA COMANDANTE MAYA – Rita Valdivia (tr. Margaret Randall)
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AN EXERCISE IN NECROMANCY – Patrick Roche
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