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Happy publication day to Villainy by Andrea Abi-Karam! In an interview for the Nightboat Blog, Andrea speaks to Villainy designer and Nightboat editor-at-large Evan Kleekamp (who edited the book alongside editor-at-large Kim Calder), about the political brattiness of…

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"Every book has a backstory: to hold one of Nightboat Books’ publications is to have the sense of a longer, more complex, and ultimately more rewarding backstory than most."—Corinne Segal Let Nightboat staff give you a peek into what goes on behind the scenes here at Nightboat Books! Thanks to Literary Hub and Corinne Segal for featuring us in this fantastic series on indie publishers. Click here to read the full interview!

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Today on the Nightboat blog, the poet Carrie Hunter discusses the writing and process behind her book Vibratory Milieu, taking us along with her as she details her experience writing poems in the back of a credit union, her belief in the "sense" of disjunction, and the politics of her collage poetics. Read on below! Vibratory Milieu was written over a span of eight years (around 2010-2017 or so) using bits and pieces from a multitude of sources: current events, social media (from the era when we used Facebook to write contextless poetic lines), lines from or inspired by films, and, of…

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Today on the Nightboat blog, we're taking a spotlight to Cole Swensen's Art in Time, published in May by Nightboat. Read through for Cole's take on the artists who inspired the writing of this collection--as well as excerpts from the poems in Art in Time which resulted from her engagement with their work. (We have attempted to keep the formatting of the poems as true to the book as possible, but our website has formatting limitations--please keep this in mind!)   Agnes Varda (1928-2019) was a marvelously pioneering woman in the world of film and is considered by many to be the founder…

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Today on the Nightboat blog, we're highlighting the soon-to-be-published Honey Mine by Camille Roy (ed. Eric Sneathen and Lauren Levin, pub date 6/29), a book of collected stories written roughly between 1985 and 2018. A crucial figure in the intellectually heady and sexually charged New Narrative literary movement, Camille Roy continues to be an inspiration to many lesbian and queer experimental writers. For the Nightboat blog, Roy and editors Eric Sneathen and Lauren Levin discuss the making of Honey Mine, its formal qualities, and the histories and experience that inspired its writing. _______________________________________________________________________ Eric Sneathen: What is Honey Mine? Truly, I'm not…

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On the publication day of Eruptions of Inanna, learn more about the thinking and process behind author Judy Grahn's queer reclamation of these ancient myths, as well as Grahn's long and storied history of gay and lesbian activism. ______________________________________________________________________ What prompted you to write Eruptions of Inanna?  From my mid-twenties onward I have dedicated my work to providing inclusive origin stories to replace those that omitted me and the people I love, to give us a place to live in the world. I took on challenging the psychiatric establishment, the public presence of lesbians in the women’s movement, the necessity for anti-racism,…

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In celebration of the recent publication of Allison Cobb's Plastic: An Autobiography, we asked Allison a few questions about the thinking and process behind the making of this expansive and ambitious book, which was ten years in the making. *** What led you to writing Plastic? We live at a time when our smallest daily actions (turning on a light, starting a car) have planetary impacts. It’s a difficult concept to grasp because climate change so exceeds the scale and scope of the human. Plastic, on the other hand, is concrete. Many of us have an intimate, daily relationship with it. But…

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