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…
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…
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…
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…
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 the Transgender Nonfiction Category!
SLINGSHOT by Cyrée Jarelle Johnson is the winner in the Gay Poetry Category!
HULL by Xandria Phillips is the winner in the Transgender Poetry Category!
Pet Sounds by Stephanie Young is the winner in the Bisexual Poetry Category!
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,…
Congratulations to Etel Adnan & Sarah Riggs! Time is the International winner of the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize, receiving $65,000 in prize money.
From the Judges' Citation from the shortlist announcement: “‘I say that I’m not afraid/of dying because I haven’t/ yet had the experience/ of death’ writes Etel Adnan in the opening poem to Time. What is astonishing here is how she manages to give weariness its own relentless energy. We are pulled quickly through this collection – each poem, only a breath, a small measure of the time that Adnan is counting. Every breath is considered, measured, observant – perceiving…
Xandria Phillips wins the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers from Lambda! The award recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers. Two Emerging LGBTQ Writer prizes are awarded annually.
Click here to read Xandria's five question interview with Lambda!
I’ve been making these small works on paper. A simple way to describe what they depict is: people in space. In each drawing/painting, a figure exists in an ambiguous setting—or perhaps: exists ambiguously. Are…
Brian Teare, author of Doomstead Days, has been named a Guggenheim Fellow for the year of 2020! From Brian's fellowship bio:
Brian Teare's most recent book, Doomstead Days, offers a series of walking meditations on our complicity with climate crisis. His poems document the interdependence of human and environmental health and use fieldwork and archival research to situate chronic illness within bioregional and industrial histories. As the New York Times noted, “Teare's voices let us weigh the insoluble questions of how to live as an ethical being in the face of violence and environmental collapse.”
More can be found on the Guggenheim website. Congratulations, Brian!