Kazim Ali
Founder & Editor / [email protected]

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 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 Manager / [email protected]

Lina Bergamini is the Social Media and Operations Manager at Nightboat Books. They have a BA in writing from the New School and their work has appeared in Eleven and a Half Journal. Lina lives in New York.

Lindsey Boldt
Editorial Director / [email protected]

Lindsey Boldt is the Editorial Director 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 (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
Editor-At-Large / [email protected]

Jaye Elizabeth Elijah is an editor at Nightboat Books. They previously served as the Publicity and Communications Coordinator. Their words have appeared in Polly Magazine and Rookie Magazine, and were recognized by the Cincinnati Arts Overture Awards. Jaye Elizabeth holds a BA in Literary Studies and a BFA in Illustration at The New School, and now lives in New Mexico.

Gia Gonzales
Managing Editor / [email protected]

Gia Gonzales is the Managing Editor at Nightboat Books. She is also a poet based in New York City, where she was born. Her work has most recently appeared in Bæst: a journal of queer forms and affectsFemmescapesBomb Cyclone, and variously with the Poetry Project. Her chapbook, RENDER SLEAZE, is forthcoming from Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs.

Rissa Hochberger
Rissa Hochberger
Design & Production Coordinator / [email protected]

Rissa Hochberger is the Design & Production Coordinator at Nightboat Books. Rissa is an artist and graphic designer. They live in New York City where they make posters, books, websites, and events with a network of artists, designers, writers, activists, and organizations. In addition to their work at Nightboat, they have worked with Morgan Bassichis, Sara Magenheimer, Jerome Ellis, Matt Keegan, Gordon Hall, Printed Matter, Wendy’s Subway, Futurepoem, and LOMEX among others.

Stephen Motika
Director & Publisher / [email protected]

Stephen Motika is the Director & Publisher of Nightboat Books. He was on the staff of Poets House in New York City from 2004 through 2017. 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
Director of Publicity / [email protected]

Caelan Ernest Nardone is Director of Publicity at Nightboat Books. They are a poet and a performer, and they hold an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute. Most recently, their work has been published in WUSSY, Hayden’s Ferry Review, baest: a journal of queer forms & affects, The Poetry Project’s House Party, and more. They live in Brooklyn with their cat named Salad.

Naima Yael Tokunow
Editorial Fellow / [email protected]

Naima Yael Tokunow is a writer, educator, artist, and editor, living in New Mexico. Her work focuses on exploring Black queer femme identity, kinship, and futurity. She is the author of three chapbooks, MAKE WITNESS (2016), published by Zoo Cake Press, Planetary Bodies (2019), out from Black Warrior Review, and Shadow Black, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Jericho Brown for the Frontier Digital Chapbook Prize in 2020. She proudly edits the Black Voice Series for Puerto del Sol and reads for POETRY Magazine. For selections of her work, visit She is blessed to be Black and alive.

Paloma Saint-Denis Lopez
Fall Intern / [email protected]

Paloma Saint-Denis Lopez is the fall intern at Nightboat Books. They have a BA from Bennington College where they studied poetry, painting, and printmaking. Paloma grew up in Brooklyn, and has worked at Blue Stockings, Printed Matter, and was an editorial assistant for Bennington Review. They love syntax, etymology, logic, oil painting, letterpress printing, and writing difficult and occasionally visual poems for the silent reader.

Board of Directors

Kazim Ali, Abraham Avnisan, and Amanda Greenberger

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 (1934-2020).