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Paul Cunningham


Poet, Translator, Publisher

Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham is a recipient of the Univeristy of Georgia's 2021 Diann Blakely Poetry Prize and the University of Notre Dame's 2015 Sparks Prize Fellowship. He currently co-manages Action Books and manages the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of two poetry collections from Schism Press: Fall Garment (2022) and The House of the Tree of Sores (2020). New writing appears in Annulet, BOMB Magazine, Texas Poetry Review, The Ocean State Review, and the anthology A Flame Called Indiana: New Writing from the Crossroads (Indiana University Press, 2023). His translation of Sara Tuss Efrik's play Danse Macabre Piggies was anthologized in Experimental Writing: A Guidebook and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2024). His poem-films have screened at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the MAKE Magazine Lit & Luz Festival, Seattle’s Institute for New Connotative Action (INCA), the Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, the Prague Microfestival, Ciné Athens, and Rønnebæksholm in Næstved, Denmark. Most recently, Cunningham served as the Fiction Judge for the University of Mississippi’s 2024 Southern Literary Festival and he is a finalist for the 2023 Quarterly West Poetry Book Prize. He holds an MFA from the Univeristy of Notre Dame and a PhD from the University of Georgia.

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Fall Garment (Schism Press, 2022)

The House of the Tree of Sores (Schism Press, 2020)



Helena Österlund’s Words (OOMPH! Press, 2019)

Sara Tuss Efrik's The Night’s Belly (Toad Press, 2016)

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