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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…

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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 type, and these poems feel like they have been laid down on the page by such a person: with physical precision, silence and serif equally weighted. These are such lyrics that live in a physical world: that know the difference between branch and bird-bone, the qualities of each that permits balance. The collection of them together feels as intentional as construction inside a Cornell Box,…

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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…

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[caption id="attachment_8721" align="alignnone" width="743"] Etel Adnan, "Vignoble", 2018. Tapestry. Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong & Co.[/caption]   Etel Adnan’s Shifting the Silence is a meditation on grief, a gentle greeting of death, and an undulating choir of the many lessons and consolations that emerge from the clarity made possible by stillness and quiet after a long, curious life. Taking cues from Etel's latest book, Sahar Khraibani writes of her own encounters with the texture and weight of silence and loss, of the many impressions and folds such forces make in both this tangible too-warm world and the deeply…

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As a publisher of experimental and genre-bending works, Nightboat is indebted to Black literary and linguistic innovation. Black authors have often been at the forefront of movements that have allowed for greater freedom in language and writing. In our relatively short history, we have published some of these groundbreaking works. We intend to continue seeking out these voices and using our resources to support Black writers and their work.  On Juneteenth of this year, we shared a post exploring the connection between that date and Black poetics, selecting excerpts from the works of our Black authors and accompanying them with…

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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…

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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 Volcano by Laura Moriarty & SLINGSHOT by Cyrée Jarelle Johnson! Click here to view the full list of finalists!

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Echo 2

An echo is a sound wave a surface reflects. A voice ringing off the walls of a canyon or a cave. How might sound, language, sun, create vibrations similar to physical proximity? “I love you. I won’t touch you,” Allison Cobb ends Echo 1. In this second iteration of Resonance, we’ll pick up where we left off and head in a complementary direction.  In this collage, we find considerations of the containers we inhabit: the living room, the earth, the future, circles of all kinds. Again, we’ve asked our contributors: What connections can we draw between the ways we cope…

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Thank you Lambda Literary for honoring four of our titles with 2020 Lambda Literary Awards! We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan edited by Ellis Martin & Zach Ozma is the winner in…

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The Nightboat staff would like to take a moment to express our solidarity with the Black community & the Black Lives Matter movement. We understand the ways in which neutrality & silence are weaponized, historically & systemically. In times of crisis, we remain committed to amplifying Black voices.  Let’s continue to say their names today & everyday: David McAtee, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many, many more. In the words of our current fellow Jaye Elizabeth Elijah: “We at Nightboat find ourselves reflecting on how in times of crisis, global or not, we turn to…

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