Join The Operating System for a very special evening to celebrate the launch of Peter Milne Greiner's collection of poetry and science fiction, 'Lost City Hydrothermal Field,' featuring readings from PMG, Anna Dunn, and Joanna Valente. And, naturally, snacks and beverages.
— «Peter Milne Greiner’s poems range widely across space, time, and cultural history—from the Magna Carta to The Little Mermaid, from the pyramids to the astronomical observatory at Mauna Kea—and catch up in their full-throttle trajectory a universe of detail about the nature of things. Indeed, the poet’s brooding over the fate of Geena Davis as well as that of 'lame dystopias' suggests nothing so much as Lucretius’s epic enterprise: 'I mine human doing,' Greiner declares, 'for all its garish hyper objects.' By deploying a language alert to figurative provocation that’s sharpened by a tautly disjunctive syntax, Greiner uncovers the apocalypse in the quotidian and raises everyday life to fearsome implication.» -Albert Mobilio
“'Lost City Hydrothermal Field' is in the world, but it’s not of it. Peter Milne Greiner is the voice of the cosmic mundane—sublime, real, and existentially funny.” — Claire L. Evans
Drawing on the work of such thinkers as John McPhee, Rachel Carson, Timothy Morton, Frank White, and others, 'Lost City Hydrothermal Field' explores philosophies of nature old and new through poetry and science fiction. The anthropocene crisis and the crisis of humanity-as-invasive-species are framed in this text as global, as well as personal, misadventures. A mixed-genre work, readers encounter poems and stories—islands and continents—in a rapid succession of speculative geography, and readers are invited to join its beleaguered, psychozoic populations.
Peter Milne Greiner’s work has been featured in Motherboard, Dark Mountain, Fence, SciArt Magazine, and elsewhere, and has been lauded by the likes of Jeff VanderMeer and Claire L. Evans. He studied poetry at The New School under Sekou Sundiata, and is a scholar of the history of the Roaring Forties. In July of 2013 he sent a poem into space through the Jamesburg Earth Station in Carmel Valley, California. He is the author of the chapbook 'Executive Producer Chris Carter.' 'Lost City Hydrothermal Field' is his first full length collection.
— Anna Dunn is a freelance editor, as well as a food and crime fiction writer. She was born in Western Massachusetts and greatly appreciates Bruce Springsteen, rescue pups, mezcal, and Murder She Wrote. Early on her mother threw the television out when Anna let it slip that she aspired to be Magnum P.I. when she grew up. Ever since Anna has lead a successful career in cracking crimes of the imagination. She is the co-author of two cookbooks, Dinner at the Long Table and Saltie: A cookbook as well as Editor In Chief of Diner Journal, an independent food, art and literature magazine which she has edited since its inception in 2006. Most nights you can find her mixing cocktails at Roman's in Fort Greene, Brooklyn or tucked away above Marlow & Sons, collecting recipes and art work for a forthcoming issue. For at least twenty minutes every day she is hard at work on her first crime fiction novel and/or concentrating on her breathing.
— Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Sexting the Dead (Unknown Press, 2017) & Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes, Poetry and the managing editor for Civil Coping Mechanisms and Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, BUST, Spork Press, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente