This interview is a conversation between Mark DuCharme and Operating System founder / managing editor, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson — it appears in the archival backmatter of his forthcoming 2018 book with The OS, We, The Monstrous. An excerpt appears online at Dispatches from the Poetry Wars.

Greetings comrade! Thank you for talking to us about your process today. Can you introduce yourself, in a way that you would choose?

I am a poet, an adjunct English professor at a community college, and an activist for faculty equity. I live in Boulder, am the author of a number of volumes of poetry…


This interview is a conversation between Adra Raine and Operating System founder / managing editor, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson — it appears in the archival backmatter of her forthcoming 2018 book with The OS, Want-Catcher.

Greetings comrade!
Thank you for talking to us about your process today!

Can you introduce yourself, in a way that you would choose?

I love the spirit of being invited to “introduce yourself in a way that you would choose” as an alternative to being otherwise required to introduce ourselves in ways that we don’t choose, in ways that are imposed upon us by those people, institutions…


This interview is a conversation between Jared Schickling and Operating System founder / managing editor, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson — it appears in the archival backmatter of his forthcoming 2018 book with The OS, Needles of Itching Feathers.

Greetings comrade!
Thank you for talking to us about your process today!

Likewise, greetings. It is my pleasure.

Can you introduce yourself, in a way that you would choose?

I don’t know that I can! Who “am” I — what is this “I” — this person was born, 1978, raised in the 80s, not exactly by choice, certainly without another option; at some point…


This interview is a conversation between Gabriel Ojeda-Sague and Operating System founder / managing editor, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson — it appears in the archival backmatter of his forthcoming 2018 book with The OS, Jazzercize Is A Language, launching in NYC on March 22nd and in Philly on March 28th. Join us!

Greetings comrade! Thank you for talking to us about your process today! Can you introduce yourself, in a way that you would choose?

I’m Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, I’m a Latino, gay poet living in Philly, originally from Miami.

Why are you a poet/writer/artist?

Because I write. I started writing without a…


Marys of the Sea was published in its 2nd Edition by The OS in the summer of 2017. It is available direct from the OS with a 20% discount for our readers! Enter “MEDIUM” at check out.

Who are you?

Joanna C. Valente, a human, alien, sea creature, or ghost.

Why are you a poet?

Because poetry is honest. Because poetry mimics the rhythm of the heart and the fragmented way the brain thinks.

When did you decide you were a poet (and/or: do you feel comfortable calling yourself a poet, what other titles or affiliations do you prefer/feel are…


Margaret Rhee is the author of Love, Robot, forthcoming from The Operating System in November of 2017. Order your copy direct from The OS today with a special discount for our readers when you enter “MEDIUM” at check out.

Greetings comrade!
Thank you for talking to us about your process today!

Why are you a poet/writer/artist?

These questions are so great, and provoking in all the ways we need. But initially, I felt uncomfortable answering. I think many people who write poetry, write not necessarily to understand themselves, but the larger, outside world. Writers like to observe and listen. …


Greetings comrade!
Thank you for talking to us about your process today!

I appreciate the opportunity — and the challenge of addressing some questions I’ve never had to answer, even to myself!

Can you introduce yourself, in a way that you would choose?

I’m a retired lawyer in my late 60’s. I come from a working-class background in a declining Rust Belt mill town, but that was a long time ago. I had the benefit of a terrific education. I chose to live in a vibrant, creative center and participate. …


In 2016 The Operating System initiated the project of publishing print documents from musicians and composers, beginning with Everybody’s Automat and this year’s chapbook series, all of which fall under the OF SOUND MIND moniker, and all of which are written by creative practitioners who work in both poetry and music. I asked each of them a series of questions about the balance of these two disciplines in their practice, which I’ll share with you here.

Please consider this template, approaching The OS’s key concerns of personal and professional practice/process analysis combined with questions of social and cultural…


“Improper Maps” by Alex Crowley

In 2016 The Operating System initiated the project of publishing print documents from musicians and composers, beginning with Everybody’s Automat and this year’s chapbook series, all of which fall under the OF SOUND MIND moniker, and all of which are written by creative practitioners who work in both poetry and music. I asked each of them a series of questions about the balance of these two disciplines in their practice, which I’ll share with you here.

Please consider this template, approaching The OS’s key concerns of personal and professional practice/process analysis combined with questions of social and cultural…


Who are you?

So many people & energies. i am really an Oroborus at heart.

Why are you a poet?

i’ve been a poet since the universe infused my being; it was, is, and shall always be. i’ve never not been a poet. i was a poet in my last life and i will be a poet in my next life. The spirit of poet never dies, it is only transferred &/or transmuted. i am a poet because it is my mission to…

When did you decide you were a poet (and/or: do you feel comfortable calling yourself a poet…

Peter Milne Greiner

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