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We’re excited to announce Nightboat Illuminations: a new series of intimate readings, performances, portraits, correspondences and more from our authors! Here's the schedule for Week 1:                 Here's week 2: Here's week 3: Here's week 4: Here's week 5: Here's week…

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Amy Berkowitz’s Tender Points reads as a lyrical essay, with fragments of personal anecdotes, philosophical thought, excerpts from online forums, and as a slow unfolding and investigation into two interconnected traumas. Berkowitz’s prose and its form evoke the discrepancies and uncertainties of living with an “invisible” and “mysterious” illness. Probing the realities of such an existence, a simultaneous tenderness and toughness starts to manifest through the book. The intimacy of the reader’s experience is incomparable: beginning with Diane di Prima’s “I have just realized that the stakes are myself,” the reader realizes that the process of self-acceptance and living with…

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Congratulations to Brian Teare! Selected by Cyrus Cassells, Forrest Gander, and Maureen McLane, the poem 'Toxics Release Inventory (Essay on Man)' from Doomstead Days is the winner of the Four Quartets Prize! The prize is $21,000. The Judges' Citation: “With his walking-activated line and stanza breaks and his mix of personal experience, documentary materials, and political implication, Brian Teare writes one of our times’ most affecting poems on environmental crises and ethical responsibility, focusing in ‘Toxics Release Inventory (Essay on Man)’ on the city of Philadelphia and his own corporeal implication in systemic and deadly pollution. In this bravura unfurling of reticulated…

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Our interns make the Nightboat world go ’round! Each Fall, Spring, and Summer we host interns who are interested in learning about the independent publishing world in a hands-on, intellectually stimulating environment deeply enmeshed in…

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A Message from Us

Dear Friends, We hope you are all supported during this precarious and challenging time. The Nightboat staff and interns live and work in two of the states hit hardest by COVID-19, New York and Washington. In order to reduce the chance of transmission, our team began working from home this week. But our commitment to literature & our authors remains unwavering. This uncertain time calls for a radical imagination of how to continue to share the work we do and to support our community while doing it. As we are unable to gather physically, we believe it is vital, now more than…

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For a book whose title invokes a function (grabeland means “land for digging”), eteam’s art novel reads like a travelogue, touring the inner exiles of its characters as they test the limitations of their…

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Nightboat Books is delighted because we have seven finalists for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards, listed by category below:   Transgender Nonfiction We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma   Lesbian Poetry Time by Etel Adnan, translated by Sarah Riggs   Gay Poetry Doomstead Days by Brian Teare The Revisionist & The Astropastorals by Douglas Crase SLINGSHOT by Cyrée Jarelle Johnson   Bisexual Poetry Pet Sounds by Stephanie Young   Transgender Poetry HULL by Xandria Phillips   The finalists were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 1,000 book submissions from over 300 publishers. Finalists will be celebrated and winners will be…

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Come visit Nightboat in San Antonio for AWP! We'll be at Booth #1045 at the Book Fair, with our full lineup of author signings: THURSDAY: 1-2pm: Jared Stanley (author of EARS) 2-3pm: Gillian Conoley (author of A…

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By Jill Magi I live in a high rise building in Abu Dhabi called Sama Tower; sama means “sky” or “heavens” in Arabic. From my writing desk I look down on parking lots and streets and alleys where I see people making their way on the diagonal, diverting from the grid as they go. There is another important diagonal shape in this city: mosques that face Mecca. While the main avenues run parallel to the Gulf, each block houses at least one mosque that cuts through the city’s grid. This is a quintessential Abu Dhabi shape: the secular and the…

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