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Today on the Nightboat blog, we're celebrating the publication of Angel Dominguez's Desgraciado (the collected letters)! Desgraciado, a project born as a response to the prompt “write a love letter to your worst enemy," is a collection of letters written to Diego de Landa,  a Spanish friar who attempted to destroy the written Maya language in the Yucatán on July 12, 1562 by burning codices, eight centuries of Mayan literature. Intimate and personal, Angel's letters offer a space beyond the temporal to connect more deeply with their family, community, and kin. Take a look at some of the letters and…

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Happy New Year from Nightboat Books! In 2021, we debuted our subscription program–offering subscribers our complete annual catalog at a 25% discount–and were delighted by the response. For 2022, we’re excited to share that we’ll…

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Red Jordan Arobateau died on Thursday, November 25, in San Francisco. The painter and literary sensation was seventy-eight years old. He left behind an enormous, unparalleled body of work in fiction, erotica, life writing, poetry, and visual arts. After leaving his home in Chicago as a teenager, Red Jordan Arobateau relocated briefly to New York City before arriving in San Francisco, where he remained for nearly six decades. Arobateau first self-published dyke novels and poetry in the 1970s, and over the years used small presses, gay and lesbian publishers, lesbian bars, and varied forms of self-publishing to share his voluminous…

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Nightboat Books mourns the loss of the luminous poet and painter, Etel Adnan, who died on Sunday, November 14th in Paris at the age of ninety-six. Etel was a generous spirit and guide, always…

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Today is the publication day of Olivia Tapiero's Phototaxis! In celebration of the book's release, we're excited to share a conversation with Tapiero and translator Kit Schluter about the poetics and music behind Phototaxis. Read on below!   Olivia Tapiero's Phototaxis is a book of voices—voices chanting toward the rising light of a posthuman world. From the many, three voices arise as its heart: that of Théo, a classical piano player whose suicide lends the book its gravitational center; that of Zev, a political activist whose dogmatism, through contrast, draws into focus the book's aspiration for discursive refusal; and that of Narr,…

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Today we're celebrating the publication day of Oscar Oswald's Irredenta! In a conversation for the Nightboat Blog, Nightboat author Gillian Conoley and Oscar Oswald discuss the seductions, pitfalls, and politics of the pastoral, the lyric "I," and the American West, among other topics. Take a look below!   Gillian Conoley: Dear Oscar, your debut Irredenta, so aptly named, is both positioned within and a critique of the pastoral tradition. I’m intrigued by the lyric you shape throughout, a “herdsman’s song” full of resistance and dissent, and yet also a lyric that retains a delicious lush sense of the lyre. You might not…

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