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Happy Birthday Judy Grahn! To celebrate, Eruptions of Inanna author Judy Grahn discusses the relationships between ancient tablets and small presses, queer and trans figures in Sumerian mythology, mythic realism and how the lamentation form fits into today’s society with Nightboat intern Ryan Cook. ____________________________________________________ Ryan: I wanted to start off by saying Happy Birthday! How are you going to spend it? Judy: Thanks Ryan! When I turned eighty a couple of years ago the plan was a big public party; Covid-19 put a stop to that idea. So instead I invited our little family "pod"--remember those?--for halibut cooked three different ways.…

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Happy publication day to Kamden Ishmael Hilliard's debut collection MissSettl! To celebrate, Nightboat Fellow Snigdha Koirala interviewed Kam about typographical intervention, performance and the American imperialist project, and more. Take a look below! _____________________________________________________ Snigdha: The collection is at once playful as it is filled with rage, as you trouble the assumptions around language, race, and settler colonialism in Hawaii. What was the process of cultivating playfulness and rage at the level of language and poetics? Kam: I grew up playing football, a game that often intentionally courted rage. Rage can be a technique of play. Further, I guess I don’t know if…

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Happy pub day to Janice Lobo Sapigao's like a solid to a shadow! Janice and Nightboat fellow Snigdha Koirala celebrate the reissue of her second collection by discussing translation, documentary poetics, and the various registers of language running through her book. Take a look below! ___________________________ Snigdha: like a solid to a shadow takes on the project of translating your father’s love letters to your mother in cassette form. And it involves you working with Ilokano—a language of which you have imperfect knowledge. What was this process of translating like? Did this limited knowledge of Ilokano trouble your relationship with language…

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Happy publication day to Tiff Dressen's Of Mineral! To celebrate, Nightboat fellow Snigdha Koirala speaks to Tiff about queer genealogies of San Francisco, the collapse of boundaries between the "urban" and the "wild," King Lear, and more! Take a look below. _________________________________ Snigdha: Of Mineral is concerned with collapsing the boundaries between the “urban” and the “wild,” and gestures toward a more unified, intermingling relationship between the two. Can you speak more to this relationship? What was it like cultivating it in the book?  Tiff: Thank you, I love this question, especially because I wasn’t conscious that such a collapse of “urban”…

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Happy publication day to Sueyeun Juliette Lee's Aerial Concave Without Cloud! To celebrate, Nightboat Fellow Snigdha Koirala speaks to Juliette about the salp'uri dance form, color, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and more! This interview features photography from the author. __________________________________________________ Snigdha: Your practice of poetics draws and expands upon the process of the salp’uri dance form. What was the process of cultivating a relationship between the dance form and your own writing? And specifically with Aerial Concave, how did you come to develop this relationship? Juliettee: Cultivating a relationship to the salp’uri dance form took a leap and feeling my way into…

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Nightboat Books is delighted to announce our new Editorial Fellowship, a program designed to support an aspiring BIPOC editor in developing a book project of their choosing for publication at Nightboat! Over the course of…

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