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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 

DECEMBER 5 :: HOMOLATTE: QUEER WORDS AND MUSIC FEATURING BLAKE NEMEC AND DALICE MALICE, HOSTED BY SCOTT FREE @ BIG CHICKS, CHICAGO IL, 7:30 PM

DECEMBER 9 :: MARGARET RHEE READS FROM “LOVE, ROBOT” @ THE POETIC RESEARCH BUREAU, LOS ANGELES. (ORGANIZED BY HAROLD ABRAMOWITZ & ANDREA QUAID)

DECEMBER 9 :: THE WRITING & FILMS OF SHABNAM PIRYAEI @ THE OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY TEMESCAL BRANCH.

DECEMBER 12 :: LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON AND RORIE KELLY @ QUEER ART ORGANICS, DIXON PLACE, NYC

JANUARY 7 :: MARGARET RHEE AND PETER MILNE GREINER @ QUIMBY’S BOOKSTORE, NYC

JANUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 7 :: CHLOË BASS’S THE BOOK OF EVERYDAY INSTRUCTION SOLO EXHIBIT @ STAINAR GALLERY, WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY, LEXINGTON VA

JANUARY 29 :: ONE MORE REVOLUTION READING, BOOK LAUNCH, LISTENING PARTY AND PERFORMANCE @ HAPPY LUCKY NO. 1, FEATURING AUTHOR/COMPOSER ANDREA MAZZARIELLO AND SPECIAL GUEST DAVID DEGGE, PERFORMING MAZZARIELLO’S WAKE/RISE, IN SIMULTANEOUS VINYL RELEASE

MARCH 7-10 (EXACT TIME TBD) :: “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 @ AWP 2018, TAMPA

MORE HAPPENINGS

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JUST RELEASED:

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:

blake nemec, “Sharing Plastic
Andrea Mazzariello, “One More Revolution
Philip Marinovich, “The Suitcase Tree

OUR FULL CATALOG into 2018 is available for purchase or preorder

Thank you to EVERYONE who donated to our Indiegogo Campaign or directly during our Fall fundraising efforts. Between crowdfunding, direct donation, and preorder, we raised over $10K!
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Didn’t make it by the deadline?
We accept secure online tax deductible donations year-round via Fractured Atlas

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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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