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There's an arbitrary, arguably American distinction between style and survival. Joyelle McSweeney's Death Styles—out today from Nightboat—makes the argument that the two are inseparable. The poems craft a portrait of loss and livelihood, of "audacity and absurdity" (and other, stranger affects), to conclude that style is "not a what but a way." In our conversation below we discuss style, its aesthetic and political implications, and the "impossible seam" that is poetry. —Dante Silva Dante Silva: You’ve previously stated you set rules for yourself in order to complete Death Styles: “1) I had to write daily 2) I had to accept any inspiration that came to…

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Announcing the Winners of the Nightboat Poetry Prize! This year we received over 950 submissions to our annual poetry prize. We are excited to announce that the Nightboat editors have chosen three manuscripts for publication in 2025 and 2026! Read more about each of the prize-winning manuscripts, and find a list of our finalists below. The winners of the 2023 Nightboat Poetry Prize are: B-Dragon Suite by Stine An Perennial Counterpart by Yongyu Chen Monk Fruit by Edward Salem Congratulations to our winners! Read more about each of the prize-winning manuscripts, and find a list of our finalists below. B-Dragon Suite by Stine An "In Stine An's radical debut, translation isn't a one-directional or objective…

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03/28/24 ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, 5-6.30 PM Memorial Union Room. 242. With Jacqueline Balderrama, Cecilia Savala, and in conversation with Susan Nguyen 03/30/24 BROOKLYN, NYC, 7-9 PM Word Is Change Bookstore. With Kevin Holden, Emily Lee Luan and Jason Crawford 04/02/24 UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, STORRS, 3.45 PM Asian American Culture Center, University of Connecticut 04/09/24 BUFFALO, NY, 6-8 PM Fitz Books & Waffles. In conversation with Devonya Havis 04/11/24 CHICAGO, 7 PM Seminary Coop Bookstore. In conversation with Edgar Garcia 04/13/24 BROOKLYN, NYC, 7 PM Black Spring Books, with Jimin Seo, Jay Gao, Megan Pinto, 04/19/24 WASHINGTON DC, TIME - TBT George Washington University Bookstore. In conversation with Jonathan Hsy 04/23/24 WILLIAMSBURG, 5-7 PM Comey…

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Adelita Husni-Bey describes Our Air—out today from Nightboat—as "Delphic, ecstatic, erotic, mystical, riotous, erudite." I would only add the word hilarious. Nora Treatbaby is our lodestar in a strange, hellish landscape, leading us heavenwards to…

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Below is a conversation between Dante Silva and Hannah Levene to discuss Hannah's dazzling debut novel Greasepaint. Greasepaint is the portrait of a community staged in a never ending Friday night around the bar, "it’s always Friday and it’s always the bar and it’s always the 1950s, wherever and whenever we are." Inspired by Hannah's research in the lesbian archive and Yiddish literature—she teases something butch from something Yiddish, or something Yiddish from something butch, understanding that the two were often in coalition: "Maybe I have written a very Jewish book that is actually a very butch book or maybe…

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David Melnick (1938-2022) is remembered as one of the outstanding provocateurs of twentieth-century poetry, a poet “suffocated by meaning,” one who read in glittering platform heels with a glass of cabernet. While Melnick was infamously a recluse, having published only one interview before his passing, he leaves behind the legacy of a life lived with various poetic, communal, and political intimacies. Nice: Collected Poems — published today by Nightboat — is the first comprehensive collection of his work.  Below is a conversation with Benjamin Friedlander, who — along with Alison Fraser, Jeffrey Jullich, and Ron Silliman — edited the poems…

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On Saturday, November 25th, we gather writers from around the world for a 24-hour reading in support of Palestinian writers, Palestinian voices in diaspora, and their allies. We gather in the spirit of fundamental respect for life and liberation. As individual poets, artists & writers, and representatives of independent arts organizations, we call for an end to all ongoing genocidal aggression globally. We condemn the collective punishment of Palestinians, we condemn actions that perpetuate cycles of violence, and we call for a global commitment to protect freedom of expression and critical dissent. International Reading for Freedom of Expression & Solidarity…

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