"Familial Bodies," on a brother's suicide and a father's scorn. Memoir by A. W. Barnes.

“Familial Bodies,” on a brother’s suicide and a father’s scorn. Memoir by A. W. Barnes.

A father’s harsh words about a gay son’s suicide echo down the decades. A Broad Street online exclusive. “Anyone who lives this way deserves to die this way,” he said, looking directly at me …   One day in October 1993, I met my parents at the Medical Examiner’s office on...
Share This Poem: "We Did It," by Yehuda Amichai, translated by Robert Alter. From Issue 1.1, "Dangerous Territory."

Share This Poem: “We Did It,” by Yehuda Amichai, translated by Robert Alter. From Issue 1.1, “Dangerous Territory.”

“We did it like the wheel-shaped angels and the holy beasts and the divine chariot of the prophets …” To read and print this piece as a broadside, drag the image to your desktop. Or scroll down to read a little more about the poem and then find it in...
Family Laundry: “Half-Naked Woman Found Dead,” by Luanne Castle.

Family Laundry: “Half-Naked Woman Found Dead,” by Luanne Castle.

“As a writer, I felt a responsibility to tell her story, which is important to the history of women …” An online exclusive. In the fifth installment of this series exploring family history and how to turn it into truthful narrative, Luanne Castle takes on a series of bizarre and tragic incidents...
Interview: The Tiny Paradise of Rebecca M. J. Hymes, Miniaturist.

Interview: The Tiny Paradise of Rebecca M. J. Hymes, Miniaturist.

“I really believe that when the body is in pain — whether it is physically, emotionally, or mentally — we become our most creative.”           Rebecca at work. Rebecca M. J. Hymes is a painter of miniature masterworks, an international artist with a special flair for ocean scenes that capture the...
“Commitment: on consigning a wife to others' care." A love story by Walter Cummins.

“Commitment: on consigning a wife to others’ care.” A love story by Walter Cummins.

“She wasn’t dangerous to anyone, not in the sense that the legal test implied. The actual danger lay in what living with an insane woman was doing to our daughters and me …” BROAD STREET presents Walter Cummins’s essay from our summer 2018 issue, “Small Things, Partial Cures,” in its entirety — a...
Online Exclusive: Parsing “The Big Sleep." Three writer-editors annotate the classic noir novel.

Online Exclusive: Parsing “The Big Sleep.” Three writer-editors annotate the classic noir novel.

Raymond Chandler’s inaugural novel gets scholarly treatment in a book packed with facts, photos, and insights into the text and the times. “We all had great love for Chandler’s novels. And we knew the world did too.” Some years ago, three intrepid friends who met at a bookstore —Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson,...
Share This Poem: "13 Months," by Lea Marshall.

Share This Poem: “13 Months,” by Lea Marshall.

“I bear the awful lightness of her small body, her pale straight nape …” Presenting a poem from our debut issue, “Dangerous Territory.” To enjoy and print this piece as a broadside, simply drag it to your desktop. Or you can scroll down to read it in plain text.     13...
Our Interview with Jeanette Winterson:  "It's Always Some Battle ..."

Our Interview with Jeanette Winterson: “It’s Always Some Battle …”

“I didn’t intend to write a memoir. I was on a personal search for my biological mother, which I hadn’t intended to do either. You know what it’s like, the big things in life you never plan: you micromanage everything, and then the big things come along, and you never...
"My Life in Pantyhose," from Writers on the Job, by Susann Cokal.

“My Life in Pantyhose,” from Writers on the Job, by Susann Cokal.

  “I used to counsel young women never to do two things, or not to do them in conjunction: 1. learn to type; 2. buy pantyhose.” Could we talk to you about pantyhose? Or rather — could our editorial director, Susann Cokal, talk about them? Below, you’ll find the link to an essay...
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Our Summer 2018 issue, “Small Things, Partial Cures,” has hit the street and the web. Sample some of the contents here now.

Our Summer 2018 issue, “Small Things, Partial Cures,” has hit the street and the web. Sample some of the contents here now.

Issue 3.1, “Small Things, Partial Cures,” hits hard …   Our latest issue (super-sized) features great new work by Sherod Santos, Leslie Stainton, Walter Cummins, Sara Talpos, Peter Grandbois, Valley Haggard, Staci Mercado, Mark Wyatt, Diana Smith Bolton, Kathleen de Azevedo, Gunver Hasselbalch, James Prochnik, and many more writers and visual artists who share their...
Spotlight Interview: A. W. Barnes, memoirist.

Spotlight Interview: A. W. Barnes, memoirist.

Andrew (A. W.) Barnes’s book of essays, The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence, debuts with Bucknell University Press on December 14, 2018. It includes “Familial Bodies,” published in Broad Street’s online iteration. The publisher describes The Dark Eclipse as “personal essays in which A. W. Barnes seeks to come to terms with the...
Family Laundry: "Someone Else's Story," by Luanne Castle.

Family Laundry: “Someone Else’s Story,” by Luanne Castle.

An online exclusive. “… a young mother whose husband was involved in a catastrophic accident and had to be institutionalized.” In the sixth installment of this series exploring family history and its conversion into a faithful narrative, Luanne Castle reconstructs the life of a distant relation on her grandmother’s side, a woman whose resilience in the...
Presenting our 2018 Pushcart Prize nominees …

Presenting our 2018 Pushcart Prize nominees …

At BROAD STREET, we celebrate each word we publish. Choosing nominees during awards season is never easy, but here are six outstanding pieces from 2018 — with thanks to everyone who has helped us bring great true stories to the world this year. Photograph by Roger Camp: Stuffed mice in a Parisian shop window.   You can sample the...
Introducing TRULY, our free monthly digest.

Introducing TRULY, our free monthly digest.

Do you believe in truth? (Let’s not even talk about justice and the American way right now — but we will.) Then we invite you to enjoy Truly, our new free monthly newsletter.                                               Go...