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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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Start the Presses! We hope you will join us for the 21st Annual New York City Independent Publishers Book Party at James Cohan Gallery on Thursday, May 5th from 6-8pm. Drinks will be served. This event is free and open to all! Featuring: Belladonna* Birds, LLC Black Square Editions Black Sun Lit DoubleCross Press Everybody Press Fence Litmus Press Futurepoem Books Hanging Loose Press Nightboat Books The Operating System Purgatory Pie Roof Books Tender Buttons Ugly Duckling Presse World Poetry Books Wave Books Location: 48 Walker Street, New York, New York 10013

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We’re thrilled to share that Joyelle McSweeney is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, as well as the recipient of a 2022 Arts and Letters Awards in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters! These incredible opportunities follow the recent publication of her 2020 collection Toxicon and Arachne, a virtuosic book of poems written in direct engagement with lyric, grief, and catastrophe. The Arts and Letters Awards in Literature are given to eight writers, bestowing $10,000 each and "honoring exceptional accomplishment in any genre."—The American Academy of Arts and Letters The Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has selected "180 scientists, writers,…

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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 the two years, the selected Fellow will become familiar with the full life cycle of a book, including developmental and conceptual editing, line editing, copy editing, permissions, design, cataloging, production, publicity, and marketing. The Fellow will receive $10,000 ($5,000 per year of the fellowship or according to the fellow's individual needs) for their work and participation in the program, as well as individualized mentorship and…

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