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Jake Syersak


poet, editor, educator, and translator

Jake Syersak

Jake Syersak is a poet, editor, educator, and translator currently living in Seattle, WA. He is the author of the poetry collections Yield Architecture (Burnside Review Books 2018) and Mantic Compost (Trembling Pillow Press 2022), as well as several chapbooks.

He received a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Washington, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. His poetry and translations have appeared in such journals as Action, Asymptote, Black Warrior Review, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Mississippi Review, Omniverse, and Volt, among others.

A current editor of the micropress Radioactive Cloud, he ran the long-running poetry journal Cloud Rodeo, co-curated the Yumfactory Reading Series in Athens, GA, and has contributed to the editorial teams at Sonora Review, Diagram, and Letter Machine Editions.

He is also the translator of four full-length books by Moroccan Francophone author Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine. His first translation, Agadir (Diálogos Press 2020), was co-translated with Pierre Joris and longlisted for the 2021 National Translation Award. Several other books are forthcoming: Resurrection of Wild Flowers (Oomph! Press 2022); I, Caustic (Litmus Press 2022), which was the recipient of a 2021 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant; and Proximal Morocco— (Ugly Duckling Presse 2023).

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