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 translator Helena Österlund's Words (OOMPH! Press, 2019) and two chapbooks by Sara Tuss Efrik: Automanias: Selected Poems (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2015) and The Night’s Belly (Toad Press, Fall 2016). His critical and creative work can be found in Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, OmniVerse, Yalobusha Review, Bat City Review, Tarpaulin Sky, Dreginald, Spork, and others. He is an associate editor of Action Books, an editor of Deluge, and co-edits Radiaoctive Cloud. He co-curates the Yumfactory Reading Series in Athens, GA. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia and he holds a M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame.
JAKE SYERSAK is the author of Mantic Compost (Trembling Pillow Press, 2020) and Yield Architecture (Burnside Review Press, 2018). His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, Verse Daily, OmniVerse, and elsewhere. Two of his full-length translations of Mohammad Khaïr-Eddine's work are forthcoming in 2020: the poetry collection Proximal Morocco - and the hybrid novel Agadir, co-translated with Pierre Joris. He edits Cloud Rodeo, an online poetry journal, and co-edits Radioactive Cloud (a micropress).