RADIOACTIVE MOAT PRESS is a nonprofit literary arts organization that originated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Our inaugural publication, Radioactive Moat, was founded in July of 2009 and concluded in the spring of 2013. Radioactive Moat focused on themes of reactivity, corrosivity, ignitability, and toxicity. During this time, photography was curated by Bri Scala.
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In September 2013, Radioactive Moat was succeeded by Deluge, our new bi-annually published online journal. Deluge continues to publish new and dynamic creative work from a variety of writers and artists responding to dark ecologies, grotesquerie, gurlesquerie, futurity (or lack thereof), translation, decolonization, gender, and queerness.
Recently, Jake Syersak of online journal Cloud Rodeo and Paul Cunningham of Radioactive Moat Press joined forces in Athens, Georgia to establish a new micro-press called Radioactive Cloud. Specializing in handbound poetry chapbooks, Radioactive Cloud continues to host annual zero-cost open reading periods.
PAUL CUNNINGHAM is the author of a chapbook of poems called GOAL/TENDER MEAT/TENDER (horse less press, 2015) and he is the translator of two chapbooks by Swedish author, playwright, and video artist, Sara Tuss Efrik: Automanias: Selected Poems (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2015) and The Night’s Belly (Toad Press, Fall 2016). His translations of Helena Österlund have appeared in EuropeNow, Interim, Asymptote, and Sink Review. He is a contributing editor to Fanzine and his writing can be found in OmniVerse, Yalobusha Review, Dreginald, Dostoyevsky Wannabe’s Cassette 68, Fireflies Film Magazine, DIAGRAM, Bat City Review, LIT, Tarpaulin Sky, Spork, and others. He recently completed Evidence from Lunar Rocks, a 7x7.la collaboration with Sam Shoemaker. He co-curates the Yumfactory Reading Series with Jake Syersak in Athens, GA. He holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame.
JAKE SYERSAK received his M.F.A. from the University of Arizona and is currently a Ph.D. student in English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. He is the author of the full-length Yield Architecture (Burnside Books, 2018) and several chapbooks, including Neocologism: A Trio of Encyclopedic Entries for Treading the Anthropo-Scenic Psyche (ShirtPocket Press, 2017), These Ghosts / This Compost: An Aubadeclogue (above/ground press, 2017), Impressions in the Language of a Lantern’s Wick (Ghost Proposal, 2016), and Notes to Wed No Toward (Plan B Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, Verse Daily, Omniverse, and elsewhere. He edits Cloud Rodeo, serves as a contributing editor for Letter Machine Editions, and co-curates the Yumfactory Reading Series alongside Paul Cunningham in Athens, GA. He is currently at work on an anthology of American surrealism and translating the works of Moroccan writer Mohammed Khair-Eddine.