The Cyberpunk Apocalypse was founded in March 2009 primarily as a reduced rent residency program and event space for readings and book clubs. Quickly the project branched out, and within two years had a short-term rent free residency program, a sporadically produced literary publication, take-a-book leave-a-book library, regular events, such as the monthly “Cool-off,” a working letterpress print shop, and a handful of published books from its residents to brag about. Cyberpunk Apocalypse prints and publications are available online for purchase at Gnarly As I Wanna Be.
Early on, the project gained attention for being cold and getting raided during the Pittsburgh G20, but would eventually get press for our primary objective: aiding writers and comic artists here in Pittsburgh.
In 2012 Quatzequatel helped the project move into an expanded space in Pittsburgh’s Northside. After the move the project received a Heinz Endowment to begin a Writer’s Showcase that will advance reading as performance.