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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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A Letter from the Nightboat Staff in Solidarity with the Asian Community in America   The Nightboat Books team is devastated and outraged at the ongoing acts of violence and hate directed towards the Asian community in America. We stand in solidarity with the victims and families of these senseless attacks and the Asian community at large.  Though the American legal system has often failed to acknowledge the racial motivations behind these murders and assaults, we recognize that these acts of violence against Asians, including Asian women and Asian sex workers, are far from isolated incidents. Former President Trump’s equating of the…

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Marwa Helal (author of Invasive species) and Xandria Phillips (author of Hull) are both 2021 Whiting Awards winners! ‎ Since 1985, the Whiting Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. The awards, of $50,000 each, are based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come. The prizes are designed to recognize excellence and promise in a spectrum of emerging talent, giving most winners their first chance to devote themselves full-time to their own writing, or to take bold new risks in their work. ‎ "The poems of Marwa Helal are…

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happy publication date to Active Reception! for the nightboat blog, author Noah Ross reflects on the historically significant queer texts that influenced him and the book's writing.   In many ways, Active Reception is a book of textual community, written through, with, and against a history of gay writing. It inscribes the worlds I exist within, its people, our lives, alongside and in conversation with the texts, our primary sources, our religious documents, our archive of language, of definition.   The language we have is always shifting, and does not always hold up to the test of time. But the documents themselves are…

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We're thrilled to share that Neotenica by Joon Oluchi Lee and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics edited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel both are finalists for two awards: the Lambda Literary Awards and the Publishing Triangle Awards! Neotenica is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Fiction and the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction from the Publishing Triangle. We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Anthology and the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. Congratulations Joon, Andrea, and Kay!

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Nightboat Books initiated a new fellowship program in 2020 and was fortunate enough to have two incredible individuals in the position: Jaye Elizabeth Elijah (Spring-Summer) and Santiago Valencia (Fall). They made incredible contributions to…

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This year we received hundreds of submissions to our annual poetry prize. We are excited to announce that we are accepting four manuscripts for publication!   Read more about each of the prize-winning manuscripts below.   Of Mineral by Tiff Dressen Tiff Dressen sets type, and these poems feel like they have been laid down on the page by such a person: with physical precision, silence and serif equally weighted. These are such lyrics that live in a physical world: that know the difference between branch and bird-bone, the qualities of each that permits balance. The collection of them together feels as intentional as construction inside a Cornell Box,…

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