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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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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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