Paul Cunningham is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His chapbook Goal/Tender Meat/Tender (2015) is available from Horse Less Press. He is the translator of two chapbooks by Swedish author, playwright, and video artist, Sara Tuss Efrik: Automanias: Selected Poems (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2016) and The Night's Belly (Toad Press, 2016). Excerpts from his translation of Helena Österlund's full-length collection Words and Colors have most recently appeared in Exchanges, EuropeNow, Interim, Asymptote, and Sink Review. OOMPH! Press will publish a bilingual edition of Words in 2019.
He founded Radioactive Moat Press in 2009 and the online journal Deluge in 2012. With Jake Syersak, he currently co-edits a micro-press called Radioactive Cloud (a collaborative effort between Cloud Rodeo and Radioactive Moat Press). He served as co-editor of Slippery Rock University's sixth issue of SLAB, which was awarded the AWP National Director's Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines in the Category of Content. He formerly worked as an editorial assistant for Action Books and as a co-editor for Action, Yes. He has also served as a judge for The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12.
His original writing has appeared in The Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, Quarterly West, OmniVerse, SAND: Berlin's English Literary Journal, Yalobusha Review, Fireflies Film Magazine, DIAGRAM, Bat City Review, Gigantic Sequins, glitterMOB, Spork, LIT: The Journal of The New School, Tarpaulin Sky, Smoking Glue Gun, The Volta, Cloud Rodeo, DREGINALD, Witness, and others. His book reviews have appeared in Fanzine, DIAGRAM, and Entropy. With artist Sam Shoemaker, he completed Evidence from Lunar Rocks, a 7x7.la collaboration. In 2018, Sarah E. Brook selected one of his poems to be featured in "Viewfinding," a public sculpture located in Manhattan's Riverside Park.
His most recent short film It Is Announced (a collaboration with poet/painter Valerie Mejer Caso and photographer Barry Shapiro) premiered in the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Other poem-films have appeared in the MAKE Magazine Lit & Luz Festival, Seattle’s INCA (The Institute for New Connotative Action), the Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, and Kastratet (kastratet.se). He is a Princeton University INCH scholar (International Network for Comparative Studies) and he holds a M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame.
Recent scholarly activity:
"Crypto-Poiesis: Reimagining the Real through the Non-Human," 2018 &Now Conference, University of Notre Dame
"Toad Press International Chapbook Series Celebrates 15 Years of Translation," 2018 AWP Conference
"We Are Still Here: The Future of Horror in Contemporary Poetics," 2017 NOLA Poetry Festival
Recent public screenings and lectures:
M.F.A., Poetry (2015) University of Notre Dame
B.A., English (2011) Slippery Rock University