We recently spoke with Nightboat's inaugural Editorial Fellow, Naima Yael Tokunow, about the creative process of editing, how she found her way to the a/Archive, and what she looks for in a piece of writing. We’re so excited to publish her anthology project, Permanent Record, in 2024. Nightboat: What led you to an interest in the a/Archive, as both (as you describe it) “the commodification of shared cultural recording” and as a “counter-practice”? Naima Yael Tokunow: The recorded lives of Black American families are like spider webs—ephemeral, tenuous, glittering—so often, we have not been afforded the privilege of remembrance, and so…

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