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System Reboot: Rosenthal / Witte / Armendinger / Greyja / Sáenz
September 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Come celebrate the launch of Sarah Rosenthal and Valerie Witte’s collaborative chapbook, ‘The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow’, and Brent Armendinger’s ‘Street Gloss’, both out now from The Operating System! They will be joined by fellow OS creators Jacq Greyja and Erick Sáenz. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Sarah Rosenthal is the author of several books and chapbooks including ‘The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow’ (The Operating System, 2019; a collaboration with Valerie Witte) ‘Lizard’ (Chax, 2016), and ‘Manhatten’ (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009). She edited ‘A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Poets of the Bay Area’ (Dalkey Archive, 2010). She has done grant-supported writing residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Soul Mountain, Ragdale, New York Mills, Hambidge, and This Will Take Time, and has been a Headlands Center Affiliate Artist. She lives in San Francisco where she works as a Life & Professional Coach, develops curricula for the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, and serves on the California Book Awards jury. More at sarahrosenthal.net.
Valerie Witte is the author of ‘a game of correspondence’ (Black Radish Books, 2015) and three chapbooks, most recently ‘The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow’ (The Operating System, 2019), a collaboration with Sarah Rosenthal. She is a founding member of the Bay Area Correspondence School, and for eight years, she helped produce many innovative books by women as a member of Kelsey Street Press. In her daytime hours, she edits education books in Portland, OR. Read more at valeriewitte.com.
Brent Armendinger’s new book is ‘Street Gloss’, a hybrid work of site-specific poetry and experimental translation, featuring Argentinian writers Alejandro Méndez, Mercedes Roffé, Fabián Casas, Néstor Perlongher, and Diana Bellessi, and drawings by Alpe Romero (The Operating System, 2019). Brent is also the author of ‘The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying’ (Noemi Press, 2015), a finalist for the California Book Award in Poetry. He teaches creative writing at Pitzer College and lives in Los Angeles. His website is brentarmendinger.com.
Jacq Greyja is the author of ‘Greater Grave’ (The Operating System, 2018). Work has recently appeared in HOLD: A Journal, Dream Pop, Linden Avenue Literary, Peach Mag, Bettering American Poetry: Volume II, and elsewhere. They are an MFA candidate and William Dickey Fellow in Poetry at SFSU. More @ greyja.com
Erick Sáenz is a latinx poet and teacher from Los Angeles. He is the founding editor of Lilac Press, a small DIY imprint. He was previously a contributing editor for the online journal Cheers from the Wasteland. In addition to self-publishing several chapbooks and zines, his writing can be found online. ‘Susurros a mi padre’ was released by The Operating System in 2018. He is currently working on his second book and watching too much baseball.