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.

Lindsey Boldt
Managing Editor /

Lindsey Boldt is the Managing Editor of Nightboat Books. Before joining Nightboat Books in 2014, Lindsey worked as Managing Editor of The Post-Apollo Press, co-published the chapbook series, Summer BF Press, and taught poetry in Bay Area public schools as a teaching artist. She is the the author of Some Ennui (Portable Press @ Yo Yo Labs, 2019), <<(( ))>> (Couch Press, 2016), Overboard (Publication Studio, 2012), and Titties for Lindsey (OMG, 2013). She lives in Olympia, Washington.

Jaye Elizabeth Johnson
Jaye Elizabeth Elijah
Nightboat Fellow /

Jaye Elizabeth Elijah is the current Nightboat Books Fellow. 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). He lives in New York.

Caelan Ernest Nardone
Caelan Ernest Nardone
Publicist /

Caelan Ernest Nardone is Publicist at Nightboat Books. They hold an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute and are currently in the process of completing their first book: a serial poem that explores how digital topias cause the queer body to undergo multiple puberties. They live in Brooklyn.

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.