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Congratulations to Carlos Lara, 2018 Nightboat Poetry Prize Winner! Here is Kazim Ali's full editorial citation for Lara's Like Bismuth When I Enter:  Carlos Lara’s Like Bismuth When I Enter enters the space of ritual, incantation…

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Kathleen Fraser, beloved poet, essayist, and professor of writing at San Francisco State University, died on February 5, 2019, in Emeryville, California, of natural causes. Known for her remarkable body of work—encompassing more than a dozen collections of poetry, seven collaborative artist’s books, a volume of essays, and her landmark editorial work championing women writers—Kathleen Fraser made a unique, unparalleled contribution to American literature. She saw her work as “making textures and structures of poetry in the tentative region of the untried.” Or as The New York Times said: “Fraser inhabits a room unquestionably her own, outside any school of poetry.” Born in Tulsa,…

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Stacy Szymaszek (author of A Year From Today), received the 2019 Foundation of Contemporary Arts Grant in Poetry. The New York–based Foundation for Contemporary Arts has named a total of 18 artists who will receive unrestricted grants…

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Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color just received a starred Publishers Weeky Review:   "Soto (Sad Girl Poems), a cofounder of the Undocupoets campaign and founder of the eponymous online journal at Lambda Literary, reaches back as far as the Harlem Renaissance to offer a taste of the past century’s “queer of color literary history.” In the introduction, Soto cites Gloria E. Anzaldúa as the source of the journal’s name, which, she writes, is “a Nahuatl word meaning tierra entre medio.” The intention is to convey “the feeling of shifting between various communities and identities,” Soto notes, and the work he reproduces…

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Apply to be a Fall Intern!

Nightboat Books Internship Program Fall 2018 The Nightboat Books team is pleased to announce our open call for the Fall independent publishing internship program! The internship will have three sessions annually to begin in Summer, Fall and Spring. The program is designed to engage interns in all aspects of literary publishing: editorial, marketing, publicity, online and community engagement, fundraising and development, and other aspects of the publishing industry. This program is designed to be a dynamic experience, offering each intern a valuable overview of publishing, while also getting opportunities to focus on assignments that interest them. Positions are unpaid, but…

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Bhanu Kapil @ SALTS

Bhanu Kapil, author of Ban en Banlieue is a featured artist alongside Khairani Barokka at the Printed Room at SALTS, Basel as curated by Harry Burke. The Printed Room stages two simultaneous solo presentations, "Formiddable Sparkles" by Bhanu Kapil & "Selected Annahs" by Khairani Barokka. Conceptualized separately, the projects share a space, & present parallel interpretations of the same theme: the interwoven, the intimately political, relationship between poetry & performance. Opening Reception: June 14, 6PM Show runtime: June 14—Aug 24 // 2018. More info on the show here.

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Aditi Machado's debut collection Some Beheadings just won the 6th annual Believer Poetry Award! Here's what the judges had to say about the book: Some Beheadings is an apt title for Aditi Machado’s daring debut collection. Her work tends toward a poetics that recalls Dickinson’s: “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” Machado is our winner because of her talent at so eloquently stating what these poems leave unsaid. Her work here is to allow the reader to work, to trust the minds of those who encounter her poems. We read…

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Congratulations to Nathanäel, winner of the first ever Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. For the first time, The Publishing Triangle presented the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. Carol Rosenfeld, the chair of the group, said, "We are excited about this opportunity to honor important works by trans or gender-variant writers. We hope that our new award will help increase readership for and appreciation of this fast growing field." Works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are eligible for this new prize, which carries a prize of $1000. Christopher Soto, a queer latinx poet, presented the award. Winner: The Middle Notebookes, by…

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