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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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Echo 1

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, powerful beacons of hope, and exemplars of resistance. In the search for what resonates, we understand that inextricable from survival is collaboration, the voices of the chorus, and what we hear in the harmonies. We asked each of our contributors: What connections can we draw between the ways we cope (together), survive (together), and thrive (together)? A car alarm. A default ringtone. A “How you doin’?”…

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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 they isolated? Are they stationary? Alone? About to move? What are they doing? How do they feel?     I’m used to staying in and isolating to cope with illness – but this decision has new meanings now, new complexities. Someone I met online asks if these drawings/paintings are how I cope with COVID. I hadn’t been thinking about making in the language of coping per se. But this is…

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