[-empyre-] Introducing Lynne DeSilva-Johnson!
Margaret J Rhee
mrhee at uoregon.edu
Tue May 30 03:51:27 AEST 2017
Many thanks again to Keith, Sun Yung, Jenny, and Saba for the rich
threads generated by the conversation this week!
To add to the Machine Dreams, I'm very happy to e-introduce Lynne
DeSilva-Johnson, who is a dynamic and inspiring artist, activist,
professor, and publisher. Lynne is also the founder and editor of The
Operating System, which will be releasing my full length poetry
collection of robot love poems this Fall. We are thrilled she can join
us for the last few days of the dialogue, and look forward to hearing
more about The OS, and her alchemist work as an artist and editor.
I actually first met Lynne through a digital into to The OS by dear
mutual friend poet and activist Ching-In Chen, and Machine Dreams
contributor Alex Crowley, who is also my editor at Publisher's Weekly,
and has a wondrous poetry chapbook published by The Operating System
titled Improper Maps.
Alex's drone poems are in the Machine Dreams Zine (pg 20)
You can read more about Alex's collection with The OS in a fantastic
dialogue with Lynne here:
Lynne is also the co-editor of this recent anthology of resistance
and you can read a Wave Composition interview with Lynne here:
To begin, Lynne, I wonder if you can speak to the importance of dialogue
in your editorial process? I was struck by the interview you had with
Alex and other authors you work with, why did you decide to include
dialogues, and how do you approach the publishing process differently?
I, and many others, are all very moved by The OS and this description:
"THIS is not a fixed entity. It is an ongoing experiment in resilient
creative practice which necessarily morphs as its conditions and
I love how alive The OS feels, and how you begin with THIS. It reminds
me that The OS is alive. And this has resonance to a recent conversation
I had with really amazing artist Margaretha Haughwout and my class on
art/activism last week. I first "met" Margaretha on empyre as
participants in Kyle McKinley's social practice forum too, and
Margaretha's work has also been a constant inspiration, and she
described collaboration with humans and (non) humans as well in her
I'm feeling some resonance here, and I am moved to think about the (non)
human, but also human and living elements of The OS, and both of your
collaborative practice. Could you share more about The OS, and the
intersections of organic, technological, and poetic in your work as an
artist and editor?
Lynne's bio is below:
Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is a queer interdisciplinary creator, curator,
educator, and facilitator working in performance, exhibition, and
publication in conversation with new media. Now a visiting assistant
professor at Pratt, Lynne was previously an adjunct at CUNY, and
teaching artist for over a decade. She is the founder and Managing
Editor of The Operating System, as well as Libraries Editor at Boog
City. Lynne is the author of GROUND, blood atlas, and Overview Effect,
co-author of A GUN SHOW with Adam Sliwinsk/Sō Percussion, and co-editor
of the anthologies RESIST MUCH, OBEY LITTLE: Inaugural Poems for the
Resistance, and In Corpore Sano: Creative Practice and the Challenged
Body. Recent or forthcoming publication credits include Drunken
Boat/Anomaly, The Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Gorgon Poetics, Supplement,
Live Mag!, and a Panthalassa Pamphlet from Tea & Tattered Pages Press.
She performs often, resists always, and lives in Brooklyn NY.
Margaret Rhee, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Women's and Gender Studies
University of Oregon
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