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ONLINE WORKSHOP: & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing To Cross the Borders of the Human Imagination

In this creativity-generating workshop we’ll follow in the footsteps of genius eccentrics, outsiders and outlaws who've stepped beyond their perceived limitations, risking ridicule (and worse) to access their unique creative offerings — ultimately proving that what is outside the norm — and the academy — is often the most deliciously innovative and juicy. Together we’ll engage boundary-pushing art-making and writing exercises to become co-conspirators in building a vibrant universe, soaked in the imagination’s brightest colors. Learn more here.

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6:00 PM18:00

Who Makes Bail? A CUP Urban Investigation

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You are invited to an Urban Investigation debut presentation!
@ Bronx School of Law, Government, and Justice
Wednesday, February 14, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

CUP collaborated with Teaching Artist Caits Meissner (that’s me!) and public high school students from the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice to investigate these questions. Students surveyed members of the school community, interviewed key stakeholders working on the issue, and sat in on public arraignments at the Bronx Criminal Court.

The team gathered what they learned and created Who Makes Bail?, a guide to how the bail system works and its impact on local communities.

Free and open to the public
RSVP to RSVP@welcometocup.org by Tuesday, February 13 to reserve your spot

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7:00 PM19:00

Weights and Measures Reading, Brooklyn, NY

The Operating System is thrilled to invite you to a VERY special spring evening with some of our favorite poet-people, including rare out of town guests Sarah Pinder and Johnny Damm!

This quartet crosses paths for one night only, each with a new book in 2016-17 for your continuous pleasure after the night ends!

We'll host this reading en plein air, on the epic roof of OS headquarters, with sweeping views of Brooklyn and NYC. 
(We'll go indoors if it rains) 

And now for our featured readers!

Sarah Pinder is the author of Cutting Room (Coach House Books, 2012) and Common Place (Coach House Books, 2017). Her writing has been shortlisted for the Expozine Small Press Awards, and included in magazines like Geist, Arc and Poetry is Dead. A long time zine-maker, you can also find her work in Montreal’s Distroboto art vending machines. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Johnny Damm is a writer specializing in verbal-visual and creative-critical blends. He is the author of Science of Things Familiar (The Operating System, 2017), Your Favorite Song (Essay Press, 2016), and The Domestic World: A Practical Guide (Little Red Leaves, forthcoming). His work has appeared in Poetry, Denver Quarterly, the Rumpus, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Athens, Georgia, where he is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Georgia and editor-in-chief of A Bad Penny Review and Opo Books & Objects.

Caits Meissner is a multidisciplinary writer, artist and community facilitator. She is the author of the hybrid poetry book Let It Die Hungry (The Operating System, 2016), and The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You (Well&Often, 2012), co-written with poet Tishon Woolcock. With a long history in community arts, Caits currently teaches in prisons, public school, and at CUNY and The New School University. She is an MFA candidate at City College of New York.

Tom Haviv is a writer & artist from New York City. His first book, Flag of No Nation, is forthcoming from The Operating System. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, Conjunctions, Prelude, Black Sun Lit, The Sakura Review, FEELINGS Journal & elsewhere. He is the co-founder of the KAF collective: kafcollective.com. His website is tomhaviv.com.

If you bring work, we will open the stage after for low-pressure open reading from the community. If the night is warm and inviting, let us share and celebrate words and work togther. If you want to play music, that would also be fabulous and encouraged.


**note: this is a private building! no pets please. there will be notes on the doors with numbers to call for entry. please BYO whatever! no smoking inside. queer / trans safe space. sobreity friendly. no elevator for access, unfortunately.**

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