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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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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…

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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 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!

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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,…

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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…

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We at Nightboat find ourselves reflecting on how in times of crisis, global or not, we turn to the literature of disaster and the disenfranchised. In this language we also find notes of celebration,…

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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! Congratulations, Xandria!

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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…

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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!

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An Update from Us

Dear Friends, We hope this finds you with warmth and care. We have a few updates we’d like to share. On Monday, March 30th, we collaborated with The Anchoress Syndicate on a live reading of The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions. With over 80 listeners tuning in at any given time from around the world, the love was tangible and felt. We are still radiating from it.  This week we began rolling out Nightboat Illuminations: our new Instagram series of intimate readings, performances, portraits, correspondences, blog posts, and more from our authors. We landed upon the name “Illuminations” for a couple…

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