Hello! I’m Jasper Luna Nighthawk. I’m a writer.
I’m also a writing teacher. And I design things, mostly books and websites. It all springs from one font: loving words, the forms they take, and the people who work with them.
My writing walks through the genres of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, alternate history, experimental writing, autofiction, poetry, and the essay. I keep a list of where my work is published; much is available online.
I started Lightplay—a magazine that currently publishes on a quarterly schedule. It is available in online and print forms (find those archives here on this website) and it also comes out in audio format (listen to it here as a podcast). You can also subscribe to it in email form, to receive the next Lightplay directly in your email inbox.
Thank you for considering subscribing. I have found this project to be so rewarding and challenging—and it’s the central way I stay in touch with those interested in my writing.
I have also started keeping a more casual blog, in a throw-back to Web 1.0, or whatever we call it. You can find that at jasper.land, where you can subscribe to it via RSS or even sign up to get emails containing each longer post.
For my day job, I work as the University Storyteller of Antioch University. In this position I edit the university news website Common Thread, co-edit the Antioch Alumni Magazine, and help the university’s chancellor with his communications. I recently published a long profile of José Ramos-Horta, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who in 2022 was elected to a second term as president of Timor-Leste. I also host the Seed Field Podcast, where we interview important thinkers from the Antioch community.
I serve as the graphic designer for the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. Through this role I am also the creative director of Noyo Review, an online literary magazine that we re-launched in 2021.
As a writing tutor I specialize in academic coaching, coaching the college admissions essay, and leading custom creative writing lessons.
My teaching work has taken me into classrooms from the elementary to the college level. For seven years I served as a poet-teacher through California Poets in the Schools, bringing poetry lessons to thousands of public school students. I have also taught and given lectures at Wesleyan University, UCLA, Antioch University, and Mendocino College.
My education has included stops at Harvard College, where I concentrated in Slavic Languages and Literature, and at Antioch University, where I completed an MFA in Creative Writing.
Beyond writing, my passions are travelling, cooking in the home kitchen, designing and building furniture and cabins, playing basketball, thinking about light, and working for racial, social, and climate justice.
I live in Los Angeles and on the Mendocino Coast with my partner Lisa Locascio Nighthawk and our cat Sybil, who is named after the sibilant, favorite sound of cats across the galaxy.
Jasper Nighthawk is a writer, teacher, and designer. His writing has appeared in Joyland, Juked, 7×7, Lunch Ticket, and Your Impossible Voice. It also appears in Lightplay, his mini-magazine which is available as both podcast and email newsletter. He works as the University Storyteller of Antioch University. He has an AB from Harvard College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles and on the Mendocino Coast with his partner and their cat.