The Operating System



Misha Erwitt, Wigstock, 1989

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

Upcoming in 2018


August 3-4 :: Press Play Fair @ Pioneer Works, Brooklyn 

August 9 :: Radar Productions Residency Reading for “Show Us Your Spines”  @ San Francisco Main Library, Hormel LGBTQIA Center, featuring Jacq Greyja, DeWayne Dickerson, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko, and Kevin Simmonds,  San Francisco 

August 10 :: Jacq Greyja’s Greater Grave release party @ Alley Cat Books, with Claire Marie Stancek and Christina Svenson,  San Francisco 

August 11 :: Words Are Magic @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, with Joanna C. Valente, Michael Seidlinger, Clint Margrove, Shafina Ahmed, Ricardo thomas Hernandez and Tony Gloeggler 

August 14 :: Beat Music Series @ Silvana, featuring Caits Meissner, Derek Nelson, and Melissa Czarina 

August 18 :: The Small Press Flea @ Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn 

August 2 :: Susurros a Mi Padre launch @ EM Wolfman (Oakland, CA), featuring Erick Sáenz, Hannah Kezema, Ivy Johnson and Angel Dominguez 

September 13 :: PEN America presents Breakout: Voices from the Inside at Brooklyn Book Festival:: Hosted / curated by Caits Meissner; Issue Project Room, 7-9 pm, RSVP here  

September 14 :: Sharing Plastic in SF @ Alley Cat Books : Blake Nemec with Janice Lobo Sapigao and Mason J, 7pm 

September 15 :: Radical Press Fest @ Interference Archive curated by Radix Media with Common Notions, Radix Media, Justseeds, the Operating System, Interference Archive, Rebozo, Ink Cap Press, EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Program, and more; 12-5 pm, free  

September 15 :: Panel Discussion: Publishing as a Tool of Resistance @ Interference Archive, organized by Common Notions. With The Feminist Press Publicity Manager Jisu Kim, The Operating System Founder and Publisher Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Radix Media Publisher Lantz Arroyo, and El Rebozo Palapa Editorial Publisher Pio will discuss their approach to publishing and the role of independent publishing within building social movements. Moderated by journalist and editor Audrea Lim. 

September 15 :: Sharing Plastic in LA @ Poetic Research Bureau : Blake Nemec with Erick Sáenz and Ash Ponders; door 7:30, reading 8pm 

September 16 :: Small Press Union @ Brooklyn Book Festival, featuring the OS and our comrades from: Argos Books, No, Dear, DoubleCross Press, Projective Industries, Augury Books, Resolving Host, Kayrock Screenprinting, Bloof Books, Harlequin Creature, Black Sun Lit, Organism for Poetic Research, Knife | Fork | Book, Belladonna*, Litmus Press, The Distance Plan, Contra Mundum Press, and Quimby’s Bookstore NYC 

September 23 :: Bloom Praise Poems & Praise Our Writing Goals w/ JP Howard @ Women Writers Bloom Poetry Salon, 12-5 pm, Brooklyn [rsvp for details]  

October 5-7 :: &NOW 2018 Festival of Innovative Writing, University of Notre Dame, IN :: Featuring presentations, panels and performances from many OS community members, including founder/director Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Contributing Editor Kenning JP García, Margaret Rhee, Brent Armendinger, Magdalena Zurawski, Johnny Damm, and more

October 11 :: Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series: Rachel Blau Du Plessis introduces Orchid Tierney (A Year of Misreading the Wildcats, OS 2019) and Patricia Spears Jones introduces Serena Fox @ Spoonbill Montrose, 7pm 

October 16 :: Dual-Language Reading & Release Celebration for María Vázquez Valdez’s Kawsay, translated by Margaret Randall @ McNally Jackson Williamsburg featuring the author and translator, as well as special guests from Belladonna* and Ugly Duckling Presse: Elizabeth Zuba, Lila Zemborain, and Urayoán Noel  

October 18 :: A New Disability Poetics Symposium, LGBT Center, UPenn : Organized by all OS Community Members in the UPenn Poetics Working Group: Ariel Resnikoff and Orchid Tierney, with Davy Knittle and Knar Gavin; Free and Open to the Public, 10am-5pm  

October 19 :: Attendance: book launch & dance party  @ Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles :: authors Rocío Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer with special guests Sara Borjas, traci kato-kiriyama, and Ashaki Jackson.    

October 20 ::Litquake Lit Crawl Bookfair @ The Chapel, San Francisco Mission District :: Visit the OS table shared with Timeless Infinite Light; hosted and with book signings by Ivy Johnson, Erick Sáenz, Jacq Greyja, Rocío Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer  

October 20 :: Founder and Creative Director Elæ / Lynne DeSilva-Johnson leads a “Publishing 101” workshop at Queens Library’s Central Branch, for “Indie Author Day” 2018 

October 20-21 :: Elæ / Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Peter Milne Greiner, and many many friends and good folks read in celebration of the Grand Opening of Unnameable Books Amherst  (psst: we are sunday afternoon)

October 27 :: NYC book launch and celebration for Ivy Johnson’s Born Again with special guests Jasmine Gibson and Dorothea Lasky! @ VON, 5-7:30  

November 5 :: “David Wojnarowicz Reanimation Ceremony with Poets” at the Drawing Center (NYC) with Filip Marinovic, Anna Vitale, and Shiv Kotecha 

November 9 :: A reading featuring Wally Swist, reading from Singing for Nothing, at New Africa House, UMass Amherst  

November 15 :: Filip Marinovich reads from A Suitcase Tree (forthcoming) at Greetings reading series at Unnameable Books, Brooklyn 

December 12 :: “Finding the Numinous in the Commonplace,” a launch for Wally Swist’s Singing for Nothing, at the Goodwin Library, Hadley, MA


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


April 21 – June 17 :: Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction:: Solo Installation @ Knockdown Center, Queens NY
[Preorder The Book of Everyday Instruction monograph, forthcoming from the OS, here]  

May 19 :: Jazzercise is a Language @ O, Miami: Gabriel Ojeda-Sague with Cherry Pickman & Michael Angel Martín

May 26 :: How to Build a Feminist Pop-Up Bookfair and Reading @ SOHO20 Gallery

May 27: Philadelphia Supplement Vol. 2 Launch hosted by OS authors Orchid Tierney and Ariel Resnikoff  

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

May 30 :: Andrea Mazzariello on One More Revolution @ con.tent bookstore, Northfield MN

March 4 at 7pm  :: Executive Orders Vol. 2 reading and launch @ Quimby’s NYC in collaboration with Organism for Poetic Research

March 7-10 :: AWP Convention and Bookfair, Tampa FL, shared book fair table with Container Mag! ||
What Section of the Bookstore Does It Go? The Challenges of Marketing Hybrid Books (Thursday at 1:30)
Complex Narratives: a VIDA Voices and Views Disability Focus Interview (Friday at 10:30)
“Heads in the Cloud: A Consideration of Poetics and Technology”  

March 8 :: Stephanie Heit Features @ Bookbound Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI  

March 17 :: Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & The Body : Jay Besemer, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Jose-Luis Moctezuma @ Woodland Pattern, 7pm, FREE!  

March 17 :: Sharing Plastic Book Release with blake nemec, Jen Karmin, Mev Luna, JSun Howard @ Myopic Books Poetry Series, Chicago

March 22 :: Jazzercise is a Language Book Launch NYC @ VON 

March 22 :: On Love: Tiona Nekkia McClodden with Chloë Bass @ RecessArt  

March 28 :: Jazzercise is a Language Book Launch Philly @ L’Etage – 624 S 6th Street, Philadelphia PA, 7:30pm 

March 31 :: Iowa City Suitcase Library presents Jack Jung, Con Messinger, Blake Nemec & Darius Stewart @ Fair Grounds Coffeehouse, Iowa City 

April 10 :: Live Mag/OS @ KGB Bar, NYC: hosted by Jeff Wright, with Chloë Bass, Bill Considine, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Sarada Rauch, and Sarah Sarai  

April 12-13 :: Latinx Poetix Symposium @ Salinas Center, CA. With OS Poet Erick Sáenz, Raquel Salas Rivera, Vickie Vértiz, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, and Farid Matuk 

April 20 :: Pen World Voices Festival / CLMP Press Fest! :: tabling with Black Sun Lit, 4-8 PM @ Washington Mews, Free

April 20-22 :: New Orleans Poetry Festival | Tabling at the Small Press Book Fair || Panel: Collabs, Collectives and Communities. Strategies for sharing resources and growing audience within a framework of co-operation. Readings from blake nemec, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Melissa Eleftherion, Kenning JP Garcia, Marthe Reed, and more

April 21 :: Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction: Opening Reception @ Knockdown Center, Queens. Show Runs April 21-June 17.  

 May 4 :: Broadside Reading Series: JP Howard and Jess X Snow @ Center for Book Arts 

 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 13: Cartographies of Erasure #100hardtruths-#fakenews workshop w/ Lynne DeSilva-Johnson & Alex Juhasz @ Occidental College

May 14: West Coast OS and Friends Reading at Other Books, Los Angeles

May 19: Shadow Traffic: Constellations of Ego @ secret Brooklyn location

June 26 :: JP Howard curates Women Writers Bloom Poetry Salon at Word for Word Reading Series, Bryant Park

June 28 :: Erick Sáenz Susurros a mi Padre @ Enjoy Co., with Melanie Stevens, Holland Andrews, Laura Camila Medina, Mason Mimi Yadira, maximiliano, and Adam Brock Ciresi, Portland OR 

June 29 :: Erick Sáenz Susurros a mi Padre featured at Brown AF: A Celebration of Morenx & Latinx Music and Arts, with music by Dreamdecay, Zeta, Slumberbox, and Nacion de Humo, @ The Vera Project, Seattle WA 

July 3 :: Mark DuCharme & Laura Wright @ Innisfree Poetry Bookstore, Boulder, CO 

July 12 :: Melissa Eleftherion, Manjula Martin & Hilary Zaid @ Get Lit, Aqus Café, Petaluma CA

July 15 :: Ivy Johnson’s Born Again @ Moe’s Books, with Syd Staiti, Isabel Bezerra Balée, Berkeley

July 21 :: Ivy Johnson’s Born Again @ Sponge, with Laura Moriarty and Jamie Divina Erickson, Oakland 

July 21 :: 5-8 pm :: SIN FILTRO: Talleres, Lecturas, y Conversaciones, a PoetrIE series workshop and reading [Spanish Language]; featuring Rocío Carlos and Sonia Gutiérrez @ The Garcia Center for the Arts, San Bernardino, CA  

July 24 :: Adra Raine, Destiny Hemphill and Abigail Lee @ So & So Books, Raleigh NC 

July 24 :: Hot! Festival @ Dixon Place, featuring Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and JK, hosted by Trinity Rayn / PJ Ammonds  

January 6 :: Davy Knittle & Bob Perelman @ Segue Reading Series, Zinc Bar, 4:30 pm

January 7 :: The Once and Future Poem :: Margaret Rhee and Peter Milne Greiner @ Quimby’s, Brooklyn, NY

January 8 – February 7 :: Chloë Bass’s The Book of Everyday Instruction solo exhibit @ Stainar Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington VA 

January 11 :: Poets Settlement Season 3 Finale @ Colony 274, featuring Soraya Shalforoosh, Damien Tillman, Lisa Marie Basile, Erica Buddington, Mat Builes, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Samantha Vacca, Terence Degnan, Shafina Ahmed. Ricardo Thomas, Manuel Hernandez 

January 14 :: Great Weather for Media Spoken Word Sundays @ Parkside Lounge, featuring Sparrow and Kelly Terwillinger, 4-6 pm, $3 suggested donation

January 14 :: Church of the Sacred Body: Word Made Flesh @ LIC Bar, hosted by Audrey Dimola – with Dina Gregory, Kym Nolden, Wendy Angulo, Tania Rivers-Moore, Candice Georgis, and Sydney Hartlove Nichols, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson & Lucy Torres 

January 17 :: NYC Sharing Plastic launch featuring blake nemec, Tennessee Jones, Lara Lorenzo & Trace Peterson @ Bluestockings Books, NYC 

January 18 :: Philly Sharing Plastic launch featuring blake nemec, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague & special guests TBA @ Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia 

January 21 :: Building Interpersonal Infrastructures: A Workshop and Roundtable Conversation @ SOHO20 on Proactive System Building for Women, Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Non-Conforming Creative Practitioners in Traumatic Times – facilitated by Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, OS Founder, cohosted by the OS and SOHO20 

January 22 at 5:30 :: Chloë Bass, The Book of Everyday Instruction, Artist’s Talk and Reception @ Stainar Gallery, Lexington VA 

January 24 at 7 :: The Voices of #MeToo @ Spoonbill Books, Brooklyn – hosted by Joanna Valente, with Lisa Marie Basile, Stephanie Valente, Joanna Valente, Lior Zaltzman, Lynn Melnick, Jessica Reidy, Darley Stewart, Abigail Welhouse, Claudia Cortese, Laura-Marie Marciano, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Christine Stoddard, Omotara James & Jason Montalvo 

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 Home Body 

February 23, 6:30-8:30 :: Afro-Asian Poetics: Kundiman and Cave Canem Fellows reading featuring Margaret Rhee, Joseph Legaspi, Ana Maurine Lara, and Nicole Sealey @ NYU 

December 4 :: Bowery Chapbook Slam Finals! @ Bowery Poetry Club, 8:30 pm

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 6 :: Interactive Poetry Showcase & Open Mic @ Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York presented by CCNY CPS and WWBPS, facilitated by JP Howard, Keisha-Gaye Anderson, T’ai Freedom Ford, and Amber Atiya!

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  

November 24 :: a reading from OS Founder and Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, agon author Judith Goldman, and longtime OS collaborator Sarah Pinder @ Knife Fork Book, Toronto; followed by a craft talk with DeSilva-Johnson and KFB’s Jeff Kirby 

November 12, 6:30 PM :: Chloë Bass, “What is shared, what is offered” (w/ special guest Lisi Raskin) @ Independent Curators International, NYC 

November 1 :: Judith Goldman reads from agon @ Postmodern Culture/Department of Comparative Literature, UC, Irvine

November 2 :: Judith Goldman reads from agon @ Department of English, Pomona College

October 12 :: Poets Settlement at Brooklyn Colony featuring Lynne DeSilva-Johnson @ Colony 274, FREE

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

October 10 :: Margaret Rhee reads from “Love, Robot,” @ Writers With Drinks, San Francisco. (hosted by Truong Tran)

October 7-9 :: The Olimpias (Petra Kuppers & Stephanie Heit): Asylum Project, @ Movement Research; Studio G05 at Abrons Art Center and Judson Memorial Church 

October 7 :: Shabnam Piryaei reads from her new collection, “Nothing is Wasted” at Litquake @ Alley Cat Books, San Francisco

October 6 :: Disability Culture : Queerings :: Petra Kuppers, Stephanie Heit, and Lynne DeSilva-Johnson @ Bluestockings, NYC 

October 3 :: Celebration & reading for Technicians of the Sacred @ Poets House, New York.  With guest readers Anne Waldman, Cecilia Vicuña, Bob Holman, Papa Susso, George Quasha, Ariel Resnikoff, and Stuart Cooke

October 1 :: launch and celebration featuring Jerome Rothenberg and Cecilia Vicuña for the expanded edition of Jerome Rothenberg & Harold Cohen’s 1984 “Flower World Variations” @ Howl! Happening, 7pm

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

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

September 14-16 :: The OS tables at Philalalia  

September 4 :: Backroom Broadsides at Fox and Crow, Jersey City, NJ :: featuring Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and Joel Allegretti 

September 14-16 :: Philalalia Small Press / Hand Made Poetry & Art Fair, Temple University, Philly, PA 

September 16 :: Books for Sale or Trade reading @ Philalalia; hosted by Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

September 17 :: SMALL PRESS UNION @ Brooklyn Book Festival!  You’ll find The OS and our comrades at Argos Books, No, Dear, Tender Buttons, DoubleCross Press, Projective Industries, Augury Books, EOAGH, and Resolving Host flying together under the SPU Banner! Solidarity Forever.

September 17 :: Caits Meissner is featured @ Sunday Kind of Love in Washington DC 

September 18 :: Judith Goldman Reading with Eley Williams, @ Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre, University of London, London, UK 

September 18 :: Boog City 11 Festival at Unnameable Books :: poetry, music, and panel on Poetry in the Age of Trump:: readers include Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Susan Weiman, David Alsasser, Thad Rutkowski, and Michele Carlo 

September 20 :: KPFA Tribute to Margaret Randall : A Celebration of Her Life & Work – Alejandro Murguia, On-Stage Host @ The Hillside Club, Berkeley

September 20 :: Judith Goldman Reading with Terese Svoboda and JL Williams @ School of Critical Studies, Creative Writing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK  

September 23 :: Peter Barlow’s Cigarette #24 : Judith Goldman Reading with Sally Barrett, Cathy Butterworth, Calum Gardner, Claire Potter @ Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester, UK 

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

September 28.: Celebration & reading for Technicians of the Sacred @ Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  With guest readers Charles Bernstein, Ron Silliman, Rochelle Owens, George Economou, Laynie Brown, Michelle TaranskyAhmad Almallah, Julia Bloch, and Ariel Resnikoff.

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

August 11 :: Launch of William Considine’s collection of Verse Plays, The Furies @ VON, 3 Bleecker Street, 6-9 pm

August 6 :: Lynne DeSilva-Johnson performs @ Great Weather for Media Spoken Word Sundays at the Parkside Lounge 

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

August 16 :: Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and Anton Yakovlev on the killer lineup for the I <3 John Giorno Poetry Jam @ Artists Space 

July 23 :: READ & FEED Festival @ Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY12-5 pm

July 2 :: Alter / Altar Workshop Reading @ Bowery Poetry, 3:30 pm

June 22 :: 6pm :: FREE :: 25th Annual Poets House Showcase @ Poets House, NYC 

June 11-12 : 10-7 pm : The OS / Indie Print Union (formerly Small Press Union) at Artists & Fleas Williamsburg! With wares from The OS, Augury Books, Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn Arts Press, and Kayrock Printing!

June 8 :: WITH/and Belladonna* reading series, featuring Joseph Cuillier (The Sensitive Boy Slumber Party Manifesto) and Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, moderated by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs @ Pioneer Books, 7-9 pm

June 8 :: What is shared, what is offered :: Chloë Bass with Bill Dietz @ Independent Curators International, 6:30

June 6 :: Troubadour Tuesday, Featuring Jeff Wright (Radio Poems), Elaine Equi and Paul Hoover @ KGB Bar 

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

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 @ Stone Fruit 

May 21 :: Managing Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson reads for Triangle Quarterly @ Bowery Poetry Club

May 10 :: Gabriel Ojeda-Sague at I/We In/Out Our/Own, @ PeteChechia Photography & Art, Philadelphia 

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

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

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 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 

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

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

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

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

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