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Nightboat Books initiated a new fellowship program in 2020 and was fortunate enough to have two incredible individuals in the position: Jaye Elizabeth Elijah (Spring-Summer) and Santiago Valencia (Fall). They made incredible contributions to the press during their tenure. Jaye, while a fellow and then our publicity coordinator, curated the Resonance: Echo series in response to the start of the pandemic, hosted the summer fiction reading, and did invaluable publicity work and outreach. Santi commissioned new contributors to our blog and brought their keen eye and wit to writing and editing projects. Here, Jaye and Santi look back on…

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This year we received hundreds of submissions to our annual poetry prize. We are excited to announce that we are accepting four manuscripts for publication!   Read more about each of the prize-winning manuscripts below.   Of Mineral by Tiff Dressen Tiff Dressen sets…

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Aditi Machado’s Emporium is a delectable journey through a modern “silk route” fraught with the consequences of capitalism and globalization, where she unravels and re-entangles the threads of commerce, language, and history in these cinematic, transitory sites of transaction, discovery and expression. Mallika Singh tunes into the contours of Emporium’s sensescape on a molecular level, wonders about the architecture of the text’s emporium, and inquires into the historical and archival research and literary influences that informed Machado’s process. Read on to hear about how somatic attention and ritual, dreams of labyrinthine produce markets, silk erotomania, porosity, and the memories…

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TODAY IS THE DAY!!! WE WANT IT ALL IS OUT OUT OUT IN THE WORLD!!!   We Want It All is an anthology of poems and prose by trans writers who have or are writing from and into the interstitial space of radical poetics and politics, resulting in an intergenerational assembly of formally inventive poetics that engage with revolutionary social movements to explore and interrogate issues of labor, race, desire, community, and embodiment. The work in this anthology is as playful and gossipy as it is wholly determined and uncompromising in its demands for abundance and liberation for all. I caught…

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Echo 3

Resonance* began as a reaction, a response to a global call-to-action, a scrambling to articulate a rapidly changing world. And as we settle into a world in which tumult, turbulence, and transformation are everyday occurrences, we settle into the constancy of our bodies. What is similar about sound (an echo) and the body is that each requires relation. In the previous iteration, Alma Valdez-Garcia writes, “we must be one in blood, ironpeople,” in response to the prompt: What connections can we draw between the ways we cope (together), survive (together), and thrive (together)? As if in true dialogue, Asiya Wadud…

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We'd like to congratulate our four Firecracker Awards Finalists! In the Creative Nonfiction Category: We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan edited by Ellis Martin & Zach Ozma, & Hatred of Translation by Nathanaël! In the Poetry Category: Personal…

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Today is Juneteenth. The Civil War had ended years before enslaved people in Texas were notified. With the Black Lives Matter Movement going strong, we acknowledge how much work there is still left to be done. Nightboat would like to take a moment to engage with Juneteenth's connection to Black poetics that often engage otherness and intimacies. Below we are sharing stunning excerpts from our Black authors accompanied by beautiful statements from our summer interns. This is our first offering—we'll be sharing more excerpts in the weeks ahead!   •   Excerpt from Rock | Salt | Stone, Rosamond S. King   The question “are you…

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