The Operating System



Misha Erwitt, Wigstock, 1989

Lots of great events coming up! Come out to play: 

Upcoming in 2017

April 1-30 :: 6th Annual Poetry Month 30/30/30 Series
Week 1 curated by Janice Sapigao
Week 2 curated by Johnny Damm
Week 3 curated by PJ Ammonds
Week 4 curated by Stephen Ross

April 16 :: Resist Much / Obey Little Reading @ Queens Museum

April 28 :: Zieher Smith Annual Book Party, 6-8 pm, @ Zieher Smith Gallery, 516 W 20th Street, NYC

April 23 – May 21 Alter/Altar: Memory, Mirror, Monument, Map – 5 wk workshop @ Bowery Poetry w/ OS Founder & Managing Editor, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

April 3 ::Caits Meissner talks at the Life After the MFA Panel @ City College of New York 

April 12 :: Caits Meissner reads with Ebony Stewart @ Malvern Books, Austin, TX 

April 28 :: Stephanie Heit with Claudia F. Savage read with musical guests @ Ford Food & Drink in Portland, OR 

April 29 :: Tom Haviv (A Flag of No Nation) reads with Ali Power, Chelsea Hogue, JD Larson, and Virginia McLure, for Black Sun Lit at Unnameable Books. 7pm, Free.

April 30 :: Mad and Moving States: A Somatic Writing Workshop with Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers @ Performance Works NW, Portland OR, 3:30-5:30 pm 

May 3 :: Caits Meissner reads at Housework @ Chapterhouse in Philly 

May 5 :: PEN World Voices Festival Press Fest, 4-8 pm @ Washington Mews / NYU

May 13 :: Summoning the Archive Press Fair, 2-5 pm @ Institute of Public Knowledge

May 20 :: Weights and Measures: Haviv x  Damm x Meissner x Pinder read from their new books @ the roof at 141 Spencer Street in Brooklyn

June 3 : Chapbook Series 2017 Launch/ 5th Anniversary Series Celebration! @ VON, 7pm, FREE – featuring Connie Mae Oliver, Susan Charkes, and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, with Anton Yakovlev, Gregory Crosby, Peter Milne Greiner, Alaina Ferris, Alex Crowley, and more

August 12 :: Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers read @ Horizon Books in Traverse City, MI 

September 24 :: Stephanie Heit w/ Petra Kuppers and Claudia F. Savage @ Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, MI 


 A good time was had by all! An archive of past events: 


April 16 :: Resist Much / Obey Little Reading @ Queens Museum 

March 18 :: Stephanie Heit reads at the Social Justice Art Festival, Ann Arbor, MI 

March 19 :: Founder / Managing Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson on “The Business of Poetry” panel at Bowery Poetry 

March 21 :: Caits Meissner reads at CUNY Turnstyle Reading Series in NYC 

March 23 :: Passwords: Margaret Randall Reads from ONLY THE ROAD / SOLO EL CAMINO: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry @ Poet’s House 

March 25 :: Stephanie Heit reads @ Petals and Perks in Frankfort, MI 

March 3 :: Judith Goldman Poetics Plus Book Launch for agon @  WNY Book Arts Center, SUNY University at Buffalo

March 8 :: Stephanie Heit reads @ Otros Libres/Other Books in LA 

March 11 :: ACLU/People Power Action Event: Resistance Training livestream at 4:30 @ Bureau of General Services Queer Division (learn more here and here) 

March 11 :: Wikipedia Art & Feminism Edit-a-Thon @ MoMA 

February 19 :: Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers at Small Press Traffic in San Francisco 

February 17-19 :: Boog City 10.5 – Lynne DeSilva-Johnson Guest Curates @ Unnameable Books + Sidewalk Cafe — curated performers include Wendy S. Walters, erica kaufman, Davy Knittle, Anton Yakovlev, Nomi Stone, Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte, JP Howard, Sparrow and Maryam Parhizkhar.

February 8-11 :: AWP @ Washington Convention Center, Washington DC  —  book signings from Johnny Damm, Stephanie Heit, JP Howard and Caits Meissner!!!

Saturday, February 11, 6pm: “Do Not Deal”: a reading from Judith Goldman and John Yau @ Galerie tANJA gRUNERT, in conjunction with Carol Szymanski and Barry Schwabsky’s exhibit, “Emergency Eyewash.” 

January 29 :: Ariel Resnikoff and erica kaufman at Dhalak Paradise in Philadelphia 

January 19 :: Anton Yakovlev at Aldritch Press Showcase at Berl’s 

January 6, 8pm :: The Island of GAMBAZini & Brooklyn Wildlife’s 30 Days of Art @ Hell Phone, 247 Varet Street

January 7, 6-8pm: Chloë Bass’s “The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter Six: What is shared, what is offered,” premiering at CUE Art Foundation, as part of The Visible Hand, curated by David Borgonjon.

January 8 :: To Have Been There Then Launch w/ Gregory Randall and Margaret Randall @ Bowery Poetry


January 27 :: A Reading Featuring JP Howard (SAY/MIRROR, OS 2015), Hafizah Geter, and Organic Weapon! Arts authors Michael Bazett and Javier Zamora @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop 

featuring JP Howard (SAY/MIRROR, OS 2015), Maryam Parhizkhar (PULL, OS 2014), Amanda Ngoho Reavey (MARILYN, OS 2015) and Caits Meissner (Let it Die Hungry, Forthcoming OS 2016)

February 12-14 :: Welcome to Boog City 9.5 :: Annual Poetry, Music and Theatre Festival, featuring OS Poets Bill Considine, Alex Crowley, Peter Longofono, and Mark Gurarie @ Unnameable Books / Sidewalk Cafe

February 16 :: ANIMAL FARM SERIES :: featuring Thomas Heise, Rachel Lyon, Ariel Resnikoff, and Ben Lasman

February 28 :: Quixotic Rhapsodies Reading featuring Bill Considine (Strange Coherence, OS 2013), Anton Yakovlev (Neptune Court, OS 2015), and Olivia Grayson @ Zinc Bar

February 29 :: Jennifer Nelson and Ariel Resnikoff (TEN FOUR, OS 2015) @ The Poetry Project 

March 27  :: OF SOUND MIND Series Launch Featuring Stanford Cheung (Any seam or needlework), Alex Crowley (Improper Maps), Alaina Ferris (While Listening), Peter Longofono (Chords) and Mark Gurarie (Everybody’s Automat) @ VON

March 30-April 2 :: AWP @ Los Angeles Convention Center 

April 2 :: Everybody’s Improper Maps :: Mark Gurarie, Alex Crowley, Keara Driscoll, with Charlie Getter and Miguel Pereira at the Beat Museum, San Francisco 

April 8-10 :: Poetics: The Next 25 Years [Conference]

April 9-10 :: Buffalo Small Press Fair @ Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum 

April TBA :: 30/30/30 Group Hug 2nd Annual Poetry Month Tribute LIVE

May 11 :: Page Meets Stage with John Murillo and Caits Meissner (Let It Die Hungry OS forthcoming 2016) @ Celebration of Whimsy (COW)

May 15 :: Sparrow’s Surviving Civilization Collapse Book Jamboree @ Unnameable Books

May 23 :: The Minimalist Poem Workshop and Reading with SPARROW, to celebrate publication of “How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization (and other helpful hints)” @ Bowery Poetry Club 

June 11 :: Popsicle OS Showcase feat. Peter Longofono, Alex Crowely, and Mark Gurarie @ Throne Watches 

June 13 :: Saturn Reading Series with SPARROW @ Shades of Green

June 16 :: Fire Sloth SPARROW Launch Party @ HappyLuck no.1 

June 19 :: Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon at Word For Word Reading Series @ Bryant Park 

19 :: Day of Solidarity for Ashraf Fayadh 

July 30-31 :: The New York City Poetry Festival @ Governor’s Island, with JP Howard, Amando Ngoho Reavey, Mark Gurarie and Mona Kareem

August 7 :: JP Howard @ Queens Book Festival 

August 8 :: SPARROW’s Presidential Rally @ The Golden Notebook 

August 11 :: SPARROW’s Presidential Rally @ VON 

September 15-17 :: The OS tables at Philalalia 

September 18 :: The OS tables at Brooklyn Book Festival 

September 19 :: Peter Milne Greiner reads at Rendering Unconscious @ The Delancey

October 4 :: Caits Meissner reads at Pen and Brush Reading Series 

October 15 :: Caits Meissner’s Let It Die Hungry Launch Party @ VON
with Alec Betterley, Yesenia Montilla, and Najee Omar

October 24 :: Lynne DeSilva-Johnson reads at LIVE MAG! PRESENTS: GREAT-ETC HITS — a Celebration of La Mama. ETC’s 55 yearswith
Akeem Duncan, Jane LeCroy, David Mills, Wanda Phipps, Ilka Scobie and Jeff Wright

November 7 :: Sparrow performs at E Il Topo “manifesto launch” — free!, @ Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn. 7pm.

November 10 :: SOUND:MIND:CONCEPT:CONCERT featuring OF SOUND MIND poet-musicians and their musical groups! Alex Crowley, author of Improper Maps, and his band, Warmth (; Alaina Ferris, author of While Listening, with guests Brent Arnold and Lacy Rose. (; Mark Gurarie, author of Everybody’s Automat; playing with the group, Galapagos Now! ( and Peter Longofono, author of Chords, and his group Continue. A fundraiser for the OS! Suggested donation $10. @ IDIO Gallery 

November 10 :: SOUND MIND — NORTH! Stanford Cheung, poet/musician and author of “any seam or needlework,” reads @ Knife Fork Book at Rick’s Cafe in Kensington Market, Toronto. Free! doors 6:30, reading 7pm

Contributing Editor Jay Besemer and Poet / Disability Culture Activist Petra Kuppers read from Besemer’s ‘Chelate’ and Kuppers ‘PearlStitch,’ at Sector 2337 / Green Lantern Press, in Chicago.

November 11 :: Caits Meissner reads with Marty McConnell at Women and Children First Bookstore, Chicago 

November 13 :: Caits Meissner reads at Chicago Slam Works @ Green Mill, Chicago 

November 13-20 :: SPARROW and Margaret Randall @ Miami Book Fair 

November 18 :: Contributing Editor Jay Besemer and ‘Marilyn’ Author Amanda Ngoho Reavey read in celebration of Besemer’s recently released ‘Chelate,’ from Brooklyn Arts Press, at Woodland Pattern Book Center, in Milwaukee.

November 18 :: Deputy Editor Peter Milne Greiner reads with Vanessa Gabb, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Evan Johnston, Masha Tupitsyn, Svetlana Kitto, Jasmine Gibson, and H. Tucker Rosebrock for A Queen Mob’s Teahouse Teaparty, at Topos Bookstore, in Ridgewood, Queens. 7pm.

November 22 :: Caits Meissner reads at Northampton Poetry, Northhampton, Mass 


December 5, 2015 :: Launch Reading and Celebration for Amanda Ngoho Reavey’s MARILYN 

September 20, 2015 :: Brooklyn Book Festival 

September 17-19 :: Philalalia Small Press // Hand Made Book & Art Fair
@ Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA

August 2015 :: Boog City Annual Small Press Fair / Festival
@ Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, NY

August 4, 2015 :: Word for Word welcomes Cave Canem
@ Bryant Park Reading Room, 7pm. Featuring JP Howard reading from SAY/MIRROR, alongside Angel Nafis, and Brian Gilmore

July 25 – 26 ::  The Operating System’s 4th year at the Annual NYC Poetry Festival  on Governor’s Island, NYC

 We’ll be on the Algonquin Stage at 1 PM, in a sexy sexy sandwich between Argos Books and Deadly Chaps Press! Featuring Anton Yakovlev and Joseph Cuillier, reading from their 2015 releases, and Sparrow, reading from his upcoming 2016 release, “How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization & Other Helpful Hints.” Curated and emcee’d by Managing Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

June 25 :: Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception and Reading at Poets House, 

our five 2015 volumes to date are included in this extensive, incredible exhibit! (free, runs through August 16)

June 20-21 :: Popsickle Six Brooklyn Literary Festival @ The Living Gallery
Davy Knittle, Caits Meissner, and Peter Milne Greiner will represent The OS for Popsickle’s 6th Annual Event!

June 4 :: Belladonna Series @ La Casa Azul Bookstore :: Featuring JP Howard reading from SAY/MIRROR, alongside Christina Olivares and Tonya M. Foster.

May 20, 2015 :: OF SYSTEMS OF Chapbook Launch Reading @ VON

featuring Davy Knittle, Joseph Cuillier, Anurak Saelaow, and Anton Yakovlev (read interviews with all four featured poets here.) Emcee/Host Managing Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson [/h4]

April 28, 2015 :: GROUP HUG!!! NAPOMO 30/30/30 LIVE at Mental Marginalia @ The West

featuring: Joe Pan, Diana Rickard, Gregory Crosby, Caits Meissner, Anthony Cappo, Brian Mihok, Anton Yakovlev, Jeannie Hoag, David Moscovich, Clara Lou, and Peter Longofono with OS Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and MM Host Alex Crowley. [/h4]

April 2, 2015 :: 2015 Chapbook Festival @ The Graduate Center, CUNY

April 1-30, 2015 :: The OS’s 4th Annual NAPOMO 30/30/30 Poets-on-Poets Series

featuring: Barrett Warner, Joanna C. Valente, Kristen Tauer, Christine Trudeau, Jeannie Hoag, Charles Theonia, Joe Pan, David Moscovich, Lauren Neefe, Brian Mihok, Peter Longofono, Chia-Lun Chang, Lauren Klotzman, Damon Ferrell Marbut, Catherine Bull, Clara Lou, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Anthony Cappo, Anton Yakovlev, Sivan Butler-Rotholz, Amanda Ngoho Reavey, Amber Atiya, Hune Margulies, Alex Crowley, Andre Bagoo, Liz Harlan-Ferlo, Lawrence Kaplun, Mariana Ruiz Firmat, Sophia Starmack, and Diana Rickard 

March 28, 2015 :: The CCNY MFA Reading Series featuring The Operating System, @ Bunga’s Den

featuring: Managing Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, SAY/MIRROR’s JP Howard, and MOONS of JUPITER’s Steve Rosenstein, with works by KM Saxby, Nicholas Magliato, and Stephanie Stowe [/h4]

March 24, 2015 :: Mental Marginalia Poetry Series @ The West
featuring: Maryam Parhizkar, Natalie Eilbert, Matthew Siegel, and Joey De Jesus. 

February 28, 2015 :: Women Writers in Bloom Salon :: JP Howard presents SAY/MIRROR, History, and Memory a reading and workshop to launch and celebrate JP Howard’s debut collection, SAY/MIRROR 



(please excuse the utter lack of formatting below, there’s only so many hours in the day)

Exit Strata CoCo Salon : January 22, 2012
eXiT STraTa CoCo [Collaborative Content] Salon
to be held Sunday the 22nd of January from 1-6 pm
at SPACE SPACE, 390 Seneca Avenue (click link for directions)
Chapbook Festival (The Trouble With Bartleby)
March 28-30,2012

POTLATCH: A Tribal Gathering: Curated Creatives Brunch and Open House
The Operating System / 141 Spencer Street #203
Brooklyn NY 11205
March 30, 12-6pm

OWS Poetry Anthology Reading
Jefferson Market Library
April 14, 2012

Inaugural Poetry Month 30/30/30 Celebration
April 1-30

Exit Strata PRINT!: A Celebration, Reading, Performance
May 12, 2012 2-9
at This Must Be The Place
afterparty at TenderTrap BK

Naropa Panel
June 2012

Poetry Festival 2012, Tishon Woolcock, Bill Considine, and Lancelot Runge

Infinite Combinatoriality vs. Animal Language, or simply, HUMANS VS ANIMALS
July 26, 2012, 7-10 pm at The Operating System

Exit Strata CoCo Salon Vol. 2
Space Space 390 Seneca Avenue Ridgewood NYC
August 19, 2012, 12-5

100TPC 2012 9/29/2012

100TPC / OWS Anthology Reading Co-Host/Facilitator with Stephen Boyer

Frenzy Into Folly
Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Sept. 14 – Oct. 26

Exit Strata Vol. 2 Launch
january 2, 2013

AWP Boston
March 6-10, 2013

Poetry Month 2nd Annual 30/30/30 Series
April 1-30, 2013

Live Virtual Cover Layer Tennis: OLE!
April 14, 12-10 pm

Vol. 3 Collaborative Content Salon
april 21, 12-6

Ada Athorp Opening,
May 2, 2013 / Project Parlor

Cinema Village
May 3-9, 2013

GC CUNY Chapfest 2013
May 2-4, 2013

PRINT! Document Chapbook Series Reading
Mellow Pages Library
May 4, 2013, 7-9pm

Chloe Bass Bureau of Self-Recognition
May 31-June 30
Momenta Art

Exhibit A
June 14-21 2013
featuring MONTANA RAY (poet, translator, poets house fellow, founder, Brooklyn Ladies Text-Based Salon), SELDON YUAN (conceptual artist), KEVIN WILLIAM REED (printmaker/performance artist), SHANNA MAURIZI (filmmaker, video/conceptual/installation artist),GEORGIA ELROD (painter and co-curator/co-runner of HELIOPOLIS PROJECT SPACE), the founders of MELLOW PAGES LIBRARY, OPENINGS COLLECTIVE, (and other guests to be confirmed)

part of Do It (Outside) at Socrates Sculpture Park

Jump Rope Salon
Bowery Poetry Club
July 14, 6-7:30

Extrinsic Confessions of a Closet Transcendentalist
Brooklyn Fireproof
July 18, 6-8

NYC Poetry Festival
Montana Ray, Michael Broek, Caits Meissner
July 27-28, 2013

CANON: Songs and Poems in the Round
August 15, 7:30-10
Mellow Pages

The OS Presents: Foamola and Friends
September 5, 2013, 7:30pm
Mellow Pages

100TPC Global
September 28, 2013

DUMBO Arts Festival
Poet Sculpture

The OS Volume 3 Launch
October 17, 2013

Who By Fire: Wayfarers Reading
March 31, 2014

Chapbook Festival 2014
April 1-3
Graduate Center, CUNY

Poetry Month 3rd Annual 30/30/30 Series
April 1-30

US Department of Arts and Culture Cafe
Bowery Poetry Club
April 12, 19, 26

Books Without Words
April 23, 2014

BY HAND: Chapbook Release and Reading
Pete’s Candy Store
May 20, 2014

Featured Press, Book Culture

Poetry Festival
July 26-27, 2014
Maryam Parhizkar, Peter Milne Greiner, Casey Leach

Boog City / Welcome To Boog City Festival
Unnameable Books
August 1-5

10/28/14 Mental Marginalia @ The West
feat Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Saeed Jones, Niina Pollari, and Peter Longofono
Boog City Best of NYC Small Presses
Sidewalk Cafe
11/20 6pm
MOONS of JUPITER/TALES from the Schminke Tub Launch
VON 12/6 7pm

12/9/14 Mental Marginalia @ The West
featuring Peter Milne Greiner, Cynthia Cruz, JD Scott, Keegan Lester, and Chelsea Coreen