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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 

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 

FEBRUARY 13 :: MARGARET RHEE & APRIL MATTHIS @ DIXON PLACE for EXPERIMENTS & DISORDERS

FEBRUARY 23 :: AFRO-ASIAN POETICS : MARGARET RHEE, ANA-MAURINE LARA, JOSEPH LEGASPI & NICOLE SEALEY @ A/P/A Institute, NYU

MARCH 4 :: EXECUTIVE ORDERS VOL. 2 LAUNCH & PUBLIC DECLARATION @ QUIMBY’s NYC

MARCH 7-10 :: AWP 2018 BOOKFAIR & CONFERENCE, TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER :: TAMPA, FLORIDA :: Table 1927, with CONTAINER!

MARCH 9 :: WHALE PROM, RIALTO THEATER, TAMPA :: 11am – 4 pm

MARCH 9 :: “HEADS IN THE CLOUD: A CONSIDERATION OF POETICS AND TECHNOLOGY,” HOSTED BY SUBMITTABLE; WITH FOUNDER LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON, NEIL AITKEN, JESSICA MEHTA, AND TANYA JARRETT, MODERATED BY RACHEL MINDELL :: 4:30 pm

MARCH 22 :: JAZZERCISE NYC LAUNCH with GABRIEL OJEDA-SAGUE, UCHE NDUKA, and KRISTEN GALLAGHER @ VON!

MARCH 28 :: JAZZERCISE PHILLY LAUNCH with GABRIEL OJEDA-SAGUE, JULIA BLOCH and CAOLAN MADDEN, @ l’ETAGE!

APRIL 20-22 :: NEW ORLEANS POETRY FESTIVAL & SMALL PRESS FAIR

MORE HAPPENINGS

PRINT DOCUMENTS


JUST RELEASED:

blake nemec, “Sharing Plastic
Andrea Mazzariello, “One More Revolution
Peter Milne Greiner, “Lost City Hydrothermal Field
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
Margaret Rhee, “Love, Robot
Rita Valdivia (trans. Margarett Randall), “La Comandante Maya
Jerome Rothenberg, “Flower World Variations Expanded Edition

FORTHCOMING WINTER/SPRING 2018:

Executive Orders Vol. 2
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Jazzercise is a Language
Israel Dominguez, Return Trip / Viaje de Regreso
Melissa Eleftherion, Field Guide to Autobiography
Erick Sáenz, Sussuros a mi Padre
2018 Chapbook Series :: Greyja, Shickling, Rayne, DuCharme

OUR FULL CATALOG into 2018 is available for purchase or preorder

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RECENT TITLES

AGON – Judith Goldman
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SCIENCE OF THINGS FAMILIAR – Johnny Damm
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THE COLOR SHE GAVE GRAVITY – Stephanie Heit
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TO HAVE BEEN THERE THEN – Gregory Randall (trans. Margaret Randall)
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