From Our Pages: “Forget about Everything Else”—an interview with TyRuben Ellingson, cinematic art director and designer.

From Our Pages: “Forget about Everything Else”—an interview with TyRuben Ellingson, cinematic art director and designer.

“If a film is working, you’re forgetting about everything else.” TyRuben Ellingson is responsible for your dreams. As a cinematic visual effects art director and conceptual designer, he creates the monsters and galaxies and eerily beautiful landscapes through which your imagination roams in the flickering light of a movie theater …...
From Our Pages:  "Chastity Belt Included," a memoir by Ramsey Hootman.

From Our Pages: “Chastity Belt Included,” a memoir by Ramsey Hootman.

BROAD STREET presents the amazing true tale of a young woman who guarded her virginity “for religious reasons,” only to find herself completely flummoxed on her wedding night.  It was not a matter of technique, nor of sympathy on her husband’s part … Mother Nature had already put a mysterious,...
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.”

Yehuda Amichai’s poem “We Did It” is among his best-known; it inspired Stuart Dybek’s wonderful and much-anthologized story “We Didn’t.” In Broad Street’s debut, Robert Alter, the renowned translator of Hebrew literature (including several books of the Bible), discusses how he worked to sharpen the language to more closely hew...
Online Exclusive: "Hands Chopping Air": on teaching ESL in Manhattan's Chinatown.  An essay by Rachel Aydt.

Online Exclusive: “Hands Chopping Air”: on teaching ESL in Manhattan’s Chinatown. An essay by Rachel Aydt.

“In winter, the ubiquitous American elm trees are bare and the anemic playgrounds of these projects are empty; the concrete of the buildings appears heavy against the gray skies…. “And yet, in these cold public spaces, the neighborhood rises into life each day as my son, Jamie, and I make...
From Our Pages: "The Jaw Drops Each Time," an interview with Daniel M. Krause, sculptor.

From Our Pages: “The Jaw Drops Each Time,” an interview with Daniel M. Krause, sculptor.

“In all my art history classes, I had never read about a Western sculptor who had moved to China and let that culture influence his or her work. I wanted to be the first sculptor to do it.…” Going through models and maquettes in the studio, from ChinaDaily.com. Broad Street’s interview with...
Truth Teller Spotlight:  Amie Oliver, painter.

Truth Teller Spotlight: Amie Oliver, painter.

“Truth, like beauty, is fleeting and temporary, so I strive to create work that is true at the time of its making but will linger in the viewer’s psyche afterward, resonating in layers of meaning.”   Amie Oliver’s artwork has been exhibited in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions as...
Online Exclusive: “Such a Beautiful Tomb,” by Charlotte Simmonds ... on looking out of the tomb, rather than into it.

Online Exclusive: “Such a Beautiful Tomb,” by Charlotte Simmonds … on looking out of the tomb, rather than into it.

“Even ifs have breath when empty tombs do not. Even ifs laugh or sob with me or tap me on the shoulder, as you do this minute now, my rational friend …” Telecoms box, Jerusalem, 2014. Photo by the author.   Such a Beautiful Tomb   One day someone told me a...
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...
From Our Pages: "The River My Father Promised, a quest through fifty countries." By Bea Chang.

From Our Pages: “The River My Father Promised, a quest through fifty countries.” By Bea Chang.

  “I came home and I left, again and again, each time reminded of the sadness and disappointment of my own upbringing, the terrible lack of stories.”   For Bea Chang, who contributed the memoir “The River My Father Promised” to our “Maps & Legends” print issue, life is — literally — a journey....
From Our Pages: Interview with Tony-winning Costume Designer Paloma Young.

From Our Pages: Interview with Tony-winning Costume Designer Paloma Young.

“Our Crazy Beautiful Poetic World” Paloma Young won a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher in 2012. For our “Hunt, Gather” issue, she and associate editor Matthew Phipps discussed her design process, her inspiration, and (of course) her budget. At the time, she was working on...
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“The Humility of the Brutes”: We talk with Ron Smith about his latest book of poems.

“The Humility of the Brutes”: We talk with Ron Smith about his latest book of poems.

“The best any of us can do is narrow the inevitable gaps between our best words and the truths they aim to capture and communicate.”   It’s been a few short months since Ron Smith, former Poet Laureate of Virginia and contributor to our “Maps & Legends” issue, published his fourth book, The Humility of...
Share This Poem: "Yankee Doodle Fantasy," by Richard Peabody.

Share This Poem: “Yankee Doodle Fantasy,” by Richard Peabody.

“Start with the head. The way a cat consumes a squirrel …” National Poetry, National Airport …  We bid the month farewell with an iconoclastic glance at Reagan National Airport, courtesy of Richard Peabody. You can print out the broadside below, or scroll down and read the text in plain format. “Yankee Doodle Fantasy” was...
From Our Pages: "Dale Flynn's Blood," memoir by D. J. Lee.

From Our Pages: “Dale Flynn’s Blood,” memoir by D. J. Lee.

Trouble next door. “I pushed away and we stood in the soft wet dirt of the shoulder, staring at one another. Suddenly, he lunged forward …”   D. J. Lee’s searing memoir of bullying, aspiration, and teenaged hormones appeared in BROAD STREET’s “Bedeviled” issue in winter/spring 2015. It has been praised for its gritty portrayal of anger...
Share This Poem: "Spending Money," by Zara Raab.

Share This Poem: “Spending Money,” by Zara Raab.

“No sorrow held me, for sorrow was other folks’ trouble and woe …” National Poetry Month continues with another gem by Zara Raab: this time, a poem well suited to tax season, as Zara considers the significance of money and of having a little bit “extra” for oneself. You can download the broadside and print...
Share This Poem: "Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature," by Joshua Poteat.

Share This Poem: “Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature,” by Joshua Poteat.

“Faint-not: I will take the dark part of your heart into my heart…” Joshua Poteat’s somber dictionary, “Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature,” first appeared in our “Bedeviled” issue in fall 2015. Click on the broadside below to print a copy for yourself, or scroll down to read the full text without formatting.   ———- Curiosities of...