OS Open Access Library

Welcome to our Open Access library!

All Operating System titles are printed using a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND License, in part a decision we made for times like these, so sharing and access would be fully legal and protect our authors, readers, and organization.

There’s a lot of work happening on the back end to make this possible, so please be patient! For now, we plan to roll out availability by catalog year, reverse chronologically beginning with 2020.

We will not be accepting payment for these titles, and we will not be printing or shipping physical books until we know we can do so safely without stressing laborers or a supply chain which needs to be focusing solely on essential and/or emergency support and function.

You are always welcome to make a one-time or recurring donation to the OS here, but as so many of our collaborating artists and authors have experienced a loss of income in this time, we encourage you to donate directly to them, via links under each title. We believe resources at this time must be focused on remaining liquid for aid.

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2020 Projects

INTERGALACTIC TRAVELS

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Project Description: Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien is an experimental poetry collection that renders an intimate portrait of growing up undocumented in the United States. Through the use of collages,  photographs, emails, and immigration forms, Alan Pelaez Lopez formulates theories of fugitivity that position the Trans*Atlantic slave trade and Indigenous dispossession as root causes of undocumented immigration. Although themes of isolation and unbelonging are at the forefront of the book, the poet doesn’t see belonging to U.S. society as a liberatory practice. Instead, Pelaez Lopez urges readers to question their inheritance and acceptance of “settler rage, settler fear, and settler citizenship,” so that they can actively address their participation in everyday violences that often go unnoticed. As the title invokes, Intergalactic Travels breaks open a new galaxy where artists of color are the warriors that manifest the change that is needed not only to survive, but thrive.

Fugitivity, Sequestration, and Escape: Tactics in the Realm of Language – an OS Interview with Alan Pelaez Lopez
when the doors open, I can’t see the path – an excerpt from Intergalactic Travels – poems from a fugitive alien on the OS’s [RE:CON]CRETIONS series

Alan Pelaez Lopez is an AfroIndigenous poet, installation, and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. They are the author of the art and poetry collection, ‘Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien’ (The Operating System, 2020), and the chapbook, ‘to love and mourn in the age of displacement’ (Nomadic Press, 2020). Their poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and “Best of the Net,” as well as published in Best New Poets, Best American Experimental Writing, POETRY, Puerto Del Sol, Everyday Feminism, & elsewhere. Pelaez Lopez has received fellowships and/or residencies from Submittable, the Museum of the African Diaspora, VONA/Voices, and UC Berkeley. They live in Oakland, CA & the internet (as @MigrantScribble).

GOODBYE WOLF

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Project Description:  GOODBYE WOLF is a collection of poems alternating between the author’s subversion of the horoscope and its tropes and his epistles to chronic illness, dear wolf or lupus. The poems explore the everydayness of disease and the absurdity of asking for answers from the stars — and of course waiting for their replies. Someone once said the longer you wait for the bus, the sooner it’ll arrive.

Essay / Assay: Acceptance, Perhaps: An OS Interview with Nik De Dominic 


check out these excerpts from GOODBYE WOLF:

Your Daily Horoscope for the OS’s [RE:CON]CRETIONS series

5 Wolves at Dream Pop Press
Your Daily Horoscope at Verse Daily
Your Daily Horoscope at Fanzine

Nik De Dominic is an essayist and poet. Work has appeared in Guernica, Los Angeles Review, DIAGRAM, Fairy Tale Review, Verse Daily and elsewhere. De Dominic teaches writing at the University of Southern California where he also co-directs the university’s Prison Education Program. He is the poetry editor of New Orleans Review and lives in Los Angeles.

SPITE

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Project Description: Danielle Pafunda’s SPITE reimagines André Breton’s ‘Nadja’ in conversation with his ‘Communicating Vessels’ and ‘My Heart Through Which Her Heart Has Passed.’ SPITE speaks through the melancholy bohemian dream girl. No longer gateway to the masculine artist’s destiny, Nadja becomes agent of her own evolution. The poems consider what happens when we no longer equate the hospital with the tomb, but understand it as generative site. Nadja rolls her ex-lover on a gurney through a city on fire. She trawls construction sites, nurses’ brows, and apple trees. We pick up the tin-can extension, wreck ourselves on the delirious island, consider the dishonest belief that every day must include / pain, and descend a massive swath of silk. SPITE has no fear of ugly feelings, nor of wonder.

Excerpts appear at:

Diode Poetry

Typo Magazine

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Danielle Pafunda is the author of eight other books of prose and poetry: ‘The Book of Scab’ (Ricochet Editions), ‘Beshrew’ (Dusie Press), ‘The Dead Girls Speak in Unison’ (Bloof Books), ‘Natural History Rape Museum’ (Bloof Books), ‘Manhater’ (Dusie Press), ‘Iatrogenic’ (Noemi Press), ‘My Zorba’ (Bloof Books), and ‘Pretty Young Thing’ (Soft Skull Press). She’s published two chapbooks: ‘Cram’ (Essay Press) and ‘When You Left Me in the Rutted Terrain of Our Love at the Border, Which I Could Not Cross, Remaining a Citizen of This Corrupt Land’ (Birds of Lace). Her work has appeared in three editions of Best American Poetry, BAX: Best American Experimental Writing, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, and a number of anthologies and journals. She teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology.

IN STILL ROOMS

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Project Description:  IN STILL ROOMS is more than a haunted house novel—a strange hybrid drawing its aesthetic equally from ancient Greek drama, ecopoetics, and the Gothic tradition. Set in an old house in rural East Tennessee, three generations of a Greek-American family mourn the loss of a matriarch who reveals herself to each of them uniquely. Regardless of the family’s comings and goings, the reader remains always in the house. In this house, religion, mythology, and superstition all rule equally. In this house, saints speak to mothers from their plaques on the wall; ancient deities manifest in the minds of children; a Chorus of those who have previously died there address the reader directly; and ultimately, the house itself begins to speak.

 

 

In Still Rooms: A Close-Quarters Epic – an OS Interview with Constantine Jones
stacking of years on top of years – an excerpt from In Still Rooms, for the OS’s [RE:CON]CRETIONS series

 

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Constantine Jones is a Greek-American thingmaker raised in Tennessee & currently housed in Brooklyn. They are a member of the Visual AIDS Aritst+ Registry & teach creative writing at CCNY. Their work has been performed or exhibited at various venues across the city & their debut hybrid haunted house novel, IN STILL ROOMS, was released from The Operating System on March 4th, 2020.

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