"Alt-Lit Divas: be not afraid. I come bearing good tidings. In academia and mainstream media, we are constantly being presented with literary rubrics from which we are locked out; but the world, like Death, is different from what we supposed, and luckier. Therefore if we attentively comb through the literatures of other cultures, occultly presented to us by indie presses and at the hands of provocative translators, we just might find ourselves exposed to an alternate and inverted set of art-heroes, an ‘alt-lit’ landscape that upends and distends our own. To that end, I give you the Brazilian wonderworker Hilda Hilst, and her first English title, The Obscene Madame D.” -from Joyelle McSweeney’s review of Hilda Hilst’s The Obscene Madame D via The Fanzine

"Alt-Lit Divas: be not afraid. I come bearing good tidings. In academia and mainstream media, we are constantly being presented with literary rubrics from which we are locked out; but the world, like Death, is different from what we supposed, and luckier. Therefore if we attentively comb through the literatures of other cultures, occultly presented to us by indie presses and at the hands of provocative translators, we just might find ourselves exposed to an alternate and inverted set of art-heroes, an ‘alt-lit’ landscape that upends and distends our own. To that end, I give you the Brazilian wonderworker Hilda Hilst, and her first English title, The Obscene Madame D.”

-from Joyelle McSweeney’s review of Hilda Hilst’s The Obscene Madame D via The Fanzine

"… this collection could be labeled ‘experimental’, but only insofar as trans* bodies are consistently maligned as ‘experimental’. If the work herein tends to move outside of convention, it is less due to a pretense of ‘challenging our audience’ than of challenging normative meanings mobilized against other ways of making sense. What follows is less an ‘experiment’ in form as a documentation of bodies, interrogating the different ways we come to understand, desire and survive” -Jos CharlesTHEM Is. 1 features work from:
Boston Davis Bostian, Brody Wood, Calvin Gimpelevich, Cassady Bee, Codi Suzanne Oliver  &  Willow Healey, Gr Keer, Grey Vild, H. Melt, Janani Balasubramanian, j/j hastain, Joy Ladin, Levi Sable, Lucas Scheelk, Mx Glass      reba overkill, Rex Leonowicz, Stephen Ira, Van Binfa

"… this collection could be labeled ‘experimental’, but only insofar as trans* bodies are consistently maligned as ‘experimental’. If the work herein tends to move outside of convention, it is less due to a pretense of ‘challenging our audience’ than of challenging normative meanings mobilized against other ways of making sense. What follows is less an ‘experiment’ in form as a documentation of bodies, interrogating the different ways we come to understand, desire and survive” -Jos Charles

THEM Is. 1 features work from:

Boston Davis Bostian, Brody Wood, Calvin Gimpelevich, Cassady Bee, Codi Suzanne Oliver  &  Willow Healey, Gr Keer, Grey Vild, H. Melt, Janani Balasubramanian, j/j hastain, Joy Ladin, Levi Sable, Lucas Scheelk, Mx Glass      reba overkill, Rex Leonowicz, Stephen Ira, Van Binfa

Four poems from my manuscript, One Hundred Acres, are waiting for you in the eighth volume of Smoking Glue Gun!! The new issue also contains fantastic new work from Laurel Hunt, Dean Young, Ginger Ko, Caitlin Scarano, Melissa Burton, Aaron Apps, Eszter Takacs, Chanel Clarke, Jerrod Bohn, Christopher Lott, Rachel Milligan, and Fernando Flores.Much LOVE to the wonderful Blake Lee & Taylor Jacob Pate!!

Four poems from my manuscript, One Hundred Acres, are waiting for you in the eighth volume of Smoking Glue Gun!! The new issue also contains fantastic new work from Laurel Hunt, Dean Young, Ginger Ko, Caitlin Scarano, Melissa Burton, Aaron Apps, Eszter Takacs, Chanel Clarke, Jerrod Bohn, Christopher Lott, Rachel Milligan, and Fernando Flores.

Much LOVE to the wonderful Blake Lee & Taylor Jacob Pate!!

"Being human should not be an ideal for humankind, which is human by fate, being human has to be the way I as a living thing obeying through freedom the path of living things, am human. And I don’t even need to take care of my soul, it will fatefully take care of me, and I don’t need to make a soul for myself: I just have to choose to live. We are free, this is Hell. But there are so many cockroaches that it seems like a prayer."-Clarice Lispector, The Passion according to G.H.

"Being human should not be an ideal for humankind, which is human by fate, being human has to be the way I as a living thing obeying through freedom the path of living things, am human. And I don’t even need to take care of my soul, it will fatefully take care of me, and I don’t need to make a soul for myself: I just have to choose to live. We are free, this is Hell. But there are so many cockroaches that it seems like a prayer."

-Clarice Lispector, The Passion according to G.H.

"Call for Submissions: Beasts, Monsters, Creatures, and Cyborgs: An Anthology of Post-Human Poetry  In the twenty-first century poetry interfaces with animal-machine. The ‘human’ is not a given concept, but rather is one that is made in an ongoing technological and anthropological process. We hope to publish an anthology of poetry that participates in technological, biological, representational, sexual, political and theoretical post-humanisms. We’re looking for poetry that engages with or is written by animals, beasts, monsters, immigrants, creatures, aliens, cyborgs, queers such that it challenges western, enlightenment figurations of the ‘self’ and ‘human.’”via Feng Sun Chen & Aaron Apps

"Call for Submissions:

Beasts, Monsters, Creatures, and Cyborgs:
An Anthology of Post-Human Poetry


In the twenty-first century poetry interfaces with animal-machine. The ‘human’ is not a given concept, but rather is one that is made in an ongoing technological and anthropological process. We hope to publish an anthology of poetry that participates in technological, biological, representational, sexual, political and theoretical post-humanisms. We’re looking for poetry that engages with or is written by animals, beasts, monsters, immigrants, creatures, aliens, cyborgs, queers such that it challenges western, enlightenment figurations of the ‘self’ and ‘human.’”

via Feng Sun Chen & Aaron Apps

Rauan Klassnik shows his support for my forthcoming e-chapbook of poems, foamghast (NAP, 2012). Rauan lives in Mexico with his wife. His book, Holy Land, was released from Black Ocean in 2008.

foamghast is very much a critique of ideals/absolutism. I like how creative Rauan was/chose to express himself. Thanks for sending me a video, Rauan!

Send me video footage of yourself foaming at the mouth and I will include your video in an upcoming promotional video for foamghast. Send anytime during the month of April.

Email your video to:

p (dot) edward (dot) cunningham (at) gmail (dot) com

FOAMGHAST is my collection of poetry forthcoming from NAP Literary Magazine (May, 2012).

Send me video footage of you foaming at the mouth and I will include your video in an upcoming promotional video for FOAMGHAST. Send anytime during the month of April.

Email your video to:

p (dot) edward (dot) cunningham (at) gmail (dot) com

Radioactive Moat Press is hosting an open reading period for chapbook manuscripts of poetry during the month of April. We’ll be selecting one of those manuscripts in early May to publish as a print chapbook.For chapbook guidelines, click [here]Our first print chapbook was Feng Sun Chen’s Ugly Fish. You can read it [here] if you haven’t already.

Radioactive Moat Press is hosting an open reading period for chapbook manuscripts of poetry during the month of April. We’ll be selecting one of those manuscripts in early May to publish as a print chapbook.

For chapbook guidelines, click [here]

Our first print chapbook was Feng Sun Chen’s Ugly Fish. You can read it [here] if you haven’t already.

MOAT SIX HAS FINALLY ARRIVED.

The spring issue features great new work by Sylvia Chan, Feng Sun Chen, Mark Decarteret, Christine Friedlander, Jared Joseph, Michael H. Koh, Robert Krut, Rob MacDonald, Neila Mezynski, Jacob Oet, Diana Salier, Amanda Silbernagel, Kimberly Ann Southwick, Cody Todd and collaborative poems by Nick Sturm and Wendy Xu!!

Bri Scala has also curated a special collection of photography by Rebecca Cairns—the same photographer who is responsible for the cover photo.

check out the contributors to the sixth moat

greetings from chicago

“I have grown weary of literature: silence alone comforts me. If I  continue to write, it’s because I have nothing more to accomplish in  this world except to wait for death. Searching for the word in darkness.  Any little success invades me and puts me in full view of everyone. I  long to wallow in the mud. I can scarcely control my need for  self-abasement, my craving for licentiousness and debauchery. Sin tempts  me, forbidden pleasures lure me. I want to be both pig and hen, then  kill them and drink their blood.”-Clarice Lispector

“I have grown weary of literature: silence alone comforts me. If I continue to write, it’s because I have nothing more to accomplish in this world except to wait for death. Searching for the word in darkness. Any little success invades me and puts me in full view of everyone. I long to wallow in the mud. I can scarcely control my need for self-abasement, my craving for licentiousness and debauchery. Sin tempts me, forbidden pleasures lure me. I want to be both pig and hen, then kill them and drink their blood.”

-Clarice Lispector

My poem “Edenic Language Suburbs and Holograms" has been featured in the March 2012 issue of Thrush Poetry Journal alongside great writers like Sarah Bridgins, Traci Brimhall, Callista Buchen, Anne Champion, Tiffany Chaney, Mary Stone Dockery, Michaela A. Gabriel, Cindy Goff, Jessica Goodfellow, Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Katie Manning, Nate Pritts, Michell Reale, James Robison, Daniel Romo, Peter Schwartz, Ocean Vuong, and J. Michael Wahlgren.A huge thanks to editors Helen Vitoria & Walter Bjorkman!"Edenic Language Suburbs and Holograms" will also appear in my forthcoming e-chapbook of poetry, foamghast (NAP, May 2012)

My poem “Edenic Language Suburbs and Holograms" has been featured in the March 2012 issue of Thrush Poetry Journal alongside great writers like Sarah Bridgins, Traci Brimhall, Callista Buchen, Anne Champion, Tiffany Chaney, Mary Stone Dockery, Michaela A. Gabriel, Cindy Goff, Jessica Goodfellow, Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Katie Manning, Nate Pritts, Michell Reale, James Robison, Daniel Romo, Peter Schwartz, Ocean Vuong, and J. Michael Wahlgren.

A huge thanks to editors Helen Vitoria & Walter Bjorkman!

"Edenic Language Suburbs and Holograms" will also appear in my forthcoming e-chapbook of poetry, foamghast (NAP, May 2012)

First, I love the meme :D

Second, many of you recently had the chance to view a number of videos that I posted on my Vimeo page. These videos were intended to satirize specific happenings within the alt lit literary scene. These videos have been perceived as humorous, but they have also been just as widely perceived as mean-spirited. I do not think each video is wholly mean-spirited, but I will not deny that there are moments of mean-spiritedness. Though, I consider each video a comedic effort rather than an opportunity to bully or degrade. I consider the Steve Roggenbuck video a tribute more than anything; it contains not a drop of mean-spiritedness, however, some of you believed I was ridiculing Steve. If I disliked Steve, I would not be returning his Facebook pokes.

I do not know what “good” art or “bad” art is, but I do believe literature is an art form and I do think it should be approached as an integral part of society. I also believe it is important to examine the functionality of ‘the idea’ behind a particular work of art. For instance, I happen to strongly believe in the concept of literary art being used as a form of activism. What is the point of one’s art if there’s no idea behind it? What are you saying? What do you want people to read and why should they read it? Surrealist literature is based on spontaneity and automatism, but it still exists because of a reactionary idea. One cannot prove or disprove “good art,” but one can certainly locate evidence of an influential or detrimental idea. “Good” art vs “bad” art is a frivolous binary grounded in arbitrariness. Binaries themselves are arbitrary. Strive for many directions, not just two. Strive for plurality.

Strive for fame? I had a recent discussion with one of my many new internet friends. We discussed younger writers and their intense desire for fame. I’m not here to bash a writer’s want of fame because fame does permit a writer to progress in a variety of ways, but I do encourage everyone to ask themselves: what good is even the smallest amount of fame if you have nothing to say? I strongly dislike things like this because if we stop arguing about art we become weak. That weakness allows others to take advantage of your artistic integrity and I think one’s artistic integrity matters more than anything else. Don’t be lazy. Don’t give a piece of yourself up for easy fame. If you have ideas, fight for your ideas. If you’re an artist that doesn’t like confrontation, get ready for one hellish toll road …

Some of you think I’m a huge asshole. That’s fine. I happen to think some of you are incredibly lazy, but I also happen to think all of you have great potential. I think a lot of this is like that Oregon Trail computer game. Some of you are moving at a steady pace. Some of you are moving at a strenuous pace. Some of you are moving at a grueling pace. But guess what? An artist moves at her or his own pace. Don’t let your art suffer because of your pace. Some of you need to slow down and some of you need to speed up. Lately, I’ve been hunting too much. I need to focus on how I’m going to get across the river Spencer Madsen warned me about.

That reminds me … if I see Spencer Madsen at AWP, I’m going to give him a long and uncomfortable hug.

I’m not going to leave the videos up forever. They could disappear tomorrow. Next week. A year from now. Who knows? But I don’t plan on making anymore right now. I think I’ve caused enough trouble.