Office of Recuperative Strategies (featuring Christian Hawkey & Rachel Levitsky)
The Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS) is a mobile research platform that explores new ways to affirm and promote the reuse, perversification, reanimation, and reparation of precarious or correctable cultural phenomena. It was opened in 2010 by Christian Hawkey and Rachel Levitsky. OoRS works tirelessly to ensure it might not exist.
Christian Hawkey has written two full-length poetry collections (The Book of Funnels and Citizen Of, both from Wave Books), four chapbooks, and the cross-genre book Ventrakl (2010, Ugly Duckling Presse). In 2006 he received a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award. In 2008 he was a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Fellow. He translates contemporary German poetry, and with the German poet Uljana Wolf he translates the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger.
Rachel Levitsky is the author of Neighbor (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Under the Sun (Futurepoem Books, 2002), and DEARLY (A+Bend Press, 1999). Her book The Story of My Accident Is Ours is forthcoming from Future Poem Books. In 1999, Rachel started Belladonna* as a reading series at the Bluestockings Women's Bookstore. She is now a founding member of the Belladonna* Collaborative.