Post: 2019 Nightboat Poetry Prize!
Starting on September 1st, Nightboat Books invites submissions to the 2019 Nightboat Poetry Prize. The winning poet receives $1,000, a standard royalty contract, and 25 free copies of the published book. Finalists are considered for future publication. Judges: Kazim Ali, Stephen Motika, Lindsey Boldt, Andrea Abi-Karam (Nightboat Books Editors) Please carefully follow the submission instructions. Thanks! […]
Post: Summer Reading List: Borders
With mass ICE raids of major U.S. cities promised by an ever-intensifying racist administration, major protests at the nations detention centers after reports of astonishingly inhumane conditions and newly devised asylum restrictions, along with the recent election of Brexit-champion Boris Johnson of the British Conservative party to prime minister of the U.K., this summer […]
Post: Sarah Riggs: Five Questions on Etel Adnan’s TIME
This month here at Nightboat we have the pleasure of releasing a new English translation of the beloved and inimitable painter-poet-philosopher Etel Adnan’s “TIME,” orginally written in the French. Born of a series of postcard correspondences between Adnan and her friend, Tunisian artist Khaled Najar, “TIME” enfolds forms both familiar and new as Adnan poetically […]
Post: “Personal Volcano”: Laura Moriarty Shares From Her Travels
Ahead of the release of the beautiful and devastating Personal Volcano, a collection of ecopoetics that boils form into living igneous before cooling and ultimately erupting again, poet Laura Moriarty shared journal excerpts and photos with us from her sojourns to volcanic territories. The excerpts reveal a poetic topophilia and orogenic sounds of the collection […]
Post: “What I Knew”: An Interview With Eleni Sikelianos
Eleni Sikelianos, prolific poet, professor, and author of the new antigrowth epic, What I Knew, was gracious enough to talk with me about the latter’s themes, her travels, the uncapturable, and of course (sorry, not sorry) astrology. This week, I’m sitting with and stirred by Eleni’s assertion, “Poetry holds the place of ferality in language,” a notion that […]
Post: “Action in the Orchards”: Fred Schmalz’s Ekphrasis of Proximity
On his new collection, Action in the Orchards, Fred Schmalz remarks, “…I have resisted the tag ‘ekphrastic’ to describe the poems in the book. Sure, encounters with artworks (sometimes overt, sometimes oblique) happen. But they serve more as catalysts for other connections than as conceits for the poems.” In further flourishing and celebration of that quasi-ekphrasis […]
Post: Chad Sweeney On “Little Million Doors”
Earlier this month, Publishers Weekly said of Chad Sweeney’s stirring new book, Little Million Doors: “Sweeney masters the art of understatement in this book of forthright and delicate poems…What knowledge we gain, the poet hazards, might be found through absence and negation.” rob mclennan adds, “Meaning becomes, if not fluid, something that shimmers, concurrently in multiple, […]
Post: jayy dodd’s “The Black Condition ft. Narcissus” Playlist
One of our favorite books this spring at Nightboat is jayy dodd’s The Black Condition ft. Narcissus. By way of the classically fatal beauty Narcissus, jayy has fashioned a collection of poems that is at once biting and delicate, biblical and diurnal. Parallel to her poetics, jayy works within the myriad mediums of performance art, […]
Post: Invasive species by Marwa Helal reviewed in The New York Times!
We are so thrilled to share that Marwa Helal’s fantastic debut, Invasive species was just reviewed by Stephanie Burt in The New York Times Book Review. Pick up a copy of the Sunday times this weekend to see it in print! “Marwa Helal has lived, not always by her own choice, both in Egypt and in America, […]
Post: 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 […]