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As Pride month approaches, we're revisiting Neotenica by Joon Oluchi Lee, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Fiction and the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction from the Publishing Triangle Lambda Literary Award! Editor (and fellow Nightboat author) Andrea-Abi Karam sits down to pick Joon's brain on writing sex scenes, queer life in the early-2000s Bay Area, and the future of gay cruising post-pandemic. Take a look! _______________________________________________________________________ Andrea Abi-Karam: As you already know, we both lived in the Bay Area but at slightly different times. Could you talk about the process of writing and setting Neotenica in an early 2000s Bay Area—an era that has…

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Happy publication day to Muriel Leung's Imagine Us, The Swarm! For the Nightboat Blog, Leung speaks with poet and prose writer T.K. Lê about collective imagining; illness, contagion and their racist historical specters; Asian American femme anger; and so much more. _______________________________________________________________________ T.K. Lê: You write about the ritual of the word “once,” how it signals the start of a story that is pinned to a finished past, and how that story is important enough to be remembered. Saying “once” implies you are in the future of this past story. You continually reveal the falsity in this linearity, showing instead how history lives…

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We're thrilled to announce that Nightboat Books is considering prose manuscripts from May 1-June 30, 2021. Please familiarize yourself with Nightboat Books’s editorial affinities by checking out our catalogue. Buy our books! Borrow them from the library! Read them! We're looking for innovative prose writing, including inter-genre/hybrid writing, book-length essays, and manuscripts of formally experimental fiction and/or nonfiction. Prose translations, international anglophone writing, and multilingual texts welcome. No strict forms. No limits. Your manuscript might include poetry and poetic sections, but we're not considering full length poetry collections at this time. The kinds of work we are are excited to encounter…

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The title of the second collection of poetry by Lambda Award-winning poet and performer Rosamond S. King, All The Rage (published April 2021) has multiple valences: Conveying at once righteous anger towards this country's continued oppression of Black people and the racial coding of rage, it also hints at the usurpation of the movement for Black liberation by corporations, businesses, and influencers. This is a book which urges us not to allow the intensity of public outcry against anti-Black police violence that occurred in Summer 2020 to become merely a moment in history in which Black liberation was "trendy,"…

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Happy Birthday to Akilah Oliver! Akilah Oliver (1961-2011) is remembered for her fiercely intelligent and ambitious writing, which sought to do no less than expand the boundaries of an African-American literary dialogic tradition in its troubling of "Blackness," "femaleness," and "homogeneity." She was a mother, a queer woman, and a true renaissance woman, who co-founded the feminist performance collective the Sacred Naked Nature Girls, worked with the Los Angeles Poverty Department (a theater troupe which worked with the homeless), and was a member of Belladonna* Collaborative, a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School, and a professor at Naropa University and…

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