Kazim Ali
Founder & Editor /

Kazim Ali co-founded Nightboat Books with Jennifer Chapis in 2004 and served as its publisher from 2004-2007. He continues to edit books for Nightboat, manage the Nightboat Poetry Prize, and serve as President of the Board of Directors. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry, fiction, essay and cross-genre work, as well as translator of works from French, Farsi and Spanish. He teaches at the University of California, San Diego, and lives in California.

Lina Bergamini
Social Media and Operations Coordinator /

Lina Bergamini is the Social Media and Operations Coordinator at Nightboat Books. She has a BA in writing from the New School and her work has appeared in Eleven and a Half Journal. Lina lives New York.

Lindsey Boldt
Managing Editor /

Lindsey Boldt is the Managing Editor of Nightboat Books. Before joining Nightboat, Lindsey was Managing Editor of The Post-Apollo Press, co-publisher of the chapbook series Summer BF Press, and taught poetry in Bay Area public schools. She is the the author of Weirding (forthcoming from Dogpark Collective, 2022), There Are No Cops in America & The Streets Are Paved w/ Cheese (2020), Some Ennui (2019), <<(( ))>> (2016), and Overboard (2012). She lives in Olympia, Washington on Squaxin & Nisqually land.

Jaye Elizabeth Johnson
Jaye Elizabeth Elijah
Publicity and Communications Coordinator /

Jaye Elizabeth Elijah is the Publicity and Communications Coordinator at Nightboat. Their words have appeared in Polly Magazine and Rookie Magazine, and were recognized by the Cincinnati Arts Overture Awards. Jaye Elizabeth is pursuing a BA in Literary Studies and a BFA in Illustration at The New School, and lives in Brooklyn.

Stephen Motika
Director & Publisher /

Stephen Motika is the Director & Publisher of Nightboat Books. He was for many years on the staff of Poets House in New York City. The author of the poetry collection Western Practice (2012) and the poetry chapbooks Arrival and At Mono (2007), In the Madrones (2011), and Private Archive (2016), Motika is also the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009) and co-editor of Dear Kathleen: On the Occasion of Kathleen Fraser’s 80th Birthday (2017).

Caelan Ernest Nardone
Caelan Ernest Nardone
Publicist /

Caelan Ernest Nardone is Publicist at Nightboat Books. They are a poet performer & they hold an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute. Their work considers seriality as a model to explore how digital topias allow the queer body to undergo multiple puberties. They live in Brooklyn with their cat named Salad.

Santiago Valencia
Nightboat Fellow /

Santiago Valencia is the current Publicity and Editorial Fellow at Nightboat Books. They are a Mexican poet conjuring joyous trans futures and trying to be porous. Their work has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets. Having recently graduated with a BA in English from Reed College, they live in Portland with their cat Goya.

Board of Directors

Kazim Ali, Abraham Avnisan, Jennifer Chapis, Amanda Greenberger, and Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker

Nightboat Books was founded by Kazim Ali and Jennifer Chapis.

Founding Advisory Committee

Michael Burkard, Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Melissa Hammerle, Brenda Hillman, Galway Kinnell (1927-2014), Alberto Rios, Leslie Scalapino (1944-2010), Prageeta Sharma, Anne Tardos, and Jean Valentine.