In stock

ISBN: 978-1-73639-636-0
Request a Review/Exam Copy

Complete only if requesting a physical review/exam copy. While we can only send physical copies to addresses within the US, reviewers and educators outside the US are welcome to request an e-galley (PDF). (See check boxes below.)

Check as many boxes as apply.

While filling out this form is not a guarantee you will receive a review/exam copy, we are happy to consider your request. E-galleys are typically available about 1-2 months prior to a book’s publication date, and physical review/exam copies are available shortly before publication.

Categories Chapbooks, Nomadic, Poetry

Nova Nights

Publication Date: February 2021


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Nova Nights was originally published by Nomadic.

Nova Nights is a lyrical book of voices and discoveries about life, love, and loss; hope, light, and color, whose fluid lines suggest genre may be a mere calculation. In Guy Biederman’s world imagination shows us the way and creativity takes us home. This is a book of poems you’ll want to share with friends, but may hesitate to lend. Better get two.


Guy Biederman’s truth at the microphone in Nova Nights, these are the antidotes. I don’t know if it’s the Bay Area thought accents or the moment of reading but I find my time in these poems. To paraphrase one of Guy’s thoughts, some words change the night, they will not be the same after that. These typewriter drawings, these moments as a poet in an alley, these poems deserve your reading time.
Kim Shuck, 7th Poet Laureate of San Francisco

From the first time I heard Guy read, I was struck by his reverence for our gathering, for the act of listening as much as his turn on the mic. What you find in his writing is that reverence, or wonder, is just how Guy sees. Whether he’s grappling with his place in a protest in The City, or contemplating the life-lessons of boat-life in Sausalito with his cats and wife, there is no attempt to speak as though he has figured more out than the desire to value every aspect of his life and how it might ripple toward a kinder, more playful world.
Abe Becker, Grandslam Champion of CAL Slam and the Berkeley Poetry Slam, National Poetry Slam Group Piece Champion, host of Nomadic Press’ monthly new-work series, Get Lit

Much like a beloved piano composition, Guy Biederman’s poetry makes you feel all the things: love, joy, melancholy, contentment. In that way his poetry does what poems are supposed to do—show you your own life from a profound and refreshingly different perspective, in ways that make you eager to see and hear it.
Nazelah Jamison, author of Evolutionary Heart

In this collection Guy Biederman writes magic into the matter-of-factness of life, turning
everyday objects and encounters into something numinous “peeking through the blinds.”
Marguerite Muñoz, Co-founder of Voz sin Tinta multilingual reading series in San Francisco

Wandering the pages of Guy Biederman’s fifth collection is like entering a carnival of quotidian life. In this assemblage of hybrid pieces, the author lends us his rainbow glasses, through which we may witness everyday objects and events transformed into episodes of wonder. Biederman combines a loose narrative style with lyrical elements, juxtaposing the mundane and surreal. Many of these pieces speak to the poet’s craft and celebrate his membership in the tribe of writers and musicians. There’s a compelling jazz rhythm to this collection, which beckons us to enter a world of small ecstasies where “wind stirs the rodeo dust.” The poem “Yes Love” ends with the line “Love is at the core of this resistance, love is at the core of this rage.” Love is at the core of this collection.
Sandra Anfang, author of Xylem Highway

Guy Biederman’s poetry lifts the spirit. Open Nova Nights to any page, his words will light the way to the corner of Magritte and Mary Oliver where you’ll meet your new friend, Possibility, and discover an avocado in the tomato bin, dreams a woman can no longer have but must never be forgotten, and a couple of cats on a houseboat licking the world clean.
Chuck Brickley, author of multiple award-winning Earthshine

About the Author

Guy Biederman

Guy Biederman is the author of six collections of short work, including Translated From The Original, one-inch punch fiction and Nova Nights, poetry. His award winning work has been published in over 300 journals in the U.S. and abroad and he is the host of The Floating Word, floating groove jams. A former peace corps  volunteer (Guatemala, ’81-’82), gardener, publisher, and creative writing instructor, Guy lives on a houseboat in Sausalito with his wife Phyllis and walks the planks daily. He is hooked on Heart Coffee, Cocoa Krispies at midnight, and speed bag workouts, but can quit anytime. It’s all true, especially the fiction.

Visit Author Page