Share this Poem:  "Night Mending," by Marylen Grigas

Share this Poem: “Night Mending,” by Marylen Grigas

    BROAD STREET presents another in Marylen Grigas’s exquisite series of poems about loss, love, illness, and putting it all together again–elegantly illustrated by Riley McAlpine-Barthold.  Click above to see the poem in a printer-friendly, larger-font version, or scroll down past the bylines for plain text. Here’s to stitching up...
Interview with Jeanette Winterson:  "It's Always Some Battle ..."

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...
Weekend Reading:  "Chastity Belt Included," a memoir by Ramsey Hootman

Weekend Reading: “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,...
Coming in August 2016:  "Maps & Legends"

Coming in August 2016: “Maps & Legends”

Every map represents both truth and imagination.  No matter how carefully a medieval ship’s captain described a shoreline or how sophisticated a modern engineer’s tools, there is always space left for interpretation: “Here there be dragons”; “Somewhere beyond this line lies the kingdom of Prester John.”  These are the mapmakers’...
Weekend Reading from Our Archives: Interview with Tony-winning Costume Designer Paloma Young

Weekend Reading from Our Archives: 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...
"Kipaw-paw-pish!" - The Art of Beatboxing by Charlotte Simmonds

“Kipaw-paw-pish!” – The Art of Beatboxing by Charlotte Simmonds

Our bud Toki is a beat-boxer. Beat-boxing is when you make the noise of a drum machine with your mouth and voice. Toki is the national beat-boxing champion. This means he is better at beat-boxing than everyone else in New Zealand. Maybe there are people who are better than he...
Truth Teller Spotlight - Shalom Auslander

Truth Teller Spotlight – Shalom Auslander

Author and producer Shalom Auslander uses humor to recount stories of shame, sex and God as a young boy growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community. His books, “Beware of God,” “Foreskin’s Lament” and “Hope: A Tragedy” draw on his Jewish upbringing and early questions about faith. Auslander has published articles...
Weekend Reading: "Making Friends with Midge"

Weekend Reading: “Making Friends with Midge”

This weekend spend some time with Midge, Barbie’s best friend. Besides being a literary critic, novelist, teacher, and Broad Street‘s editorial director, Susann Cokal is a lifelong scholar of all things Barbie, with several pieces published on the subject. In this essay, Cokal explores what it means to be a best...
"Bedeviled":  Sample some of our personal demons here.

“Bedeviled”: Sample some of our personal demons here.

The third issue of Broad Street has been out for a year, filled with tales of troubles, vexations, irritations and curses. “Bedeviled” features essays and assorted musings by D. J. Lee, Alan Cheuse, Carol Moldaw, Ramsey Hootman, and Glenn H. Shepard, Jr.; poetry from Lisa Allen Ortiz, Richard Peabody, and Lea Marshall; photography by John...
The Writer magazine features Broad Street

The Writer magazine features Broad Street

A dispatch from the Shameless Promotion Department: The March issue of The Writer includes a detailed conversation with Broad Street Editorial Director Susann Cokal about the magazine, its editorial direction and philosophy, and some terrific words about contributors and the upcoming Bedeviled issue. Check it out on newsstands now!
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Share This Poem:  "While you were sleeping," by Marylen Grigas

Share This Poem: “While you were sleeping,” by Marylen Grigas

    Click above to see the poem in a printer-friendly, larger-font version, or scroll down past the bylines for plain text. Marylen Grigas is the author of  the poetry collection  Shift, out this fall from Nature’s Face publishers.  Her poems have recently been published in The New Yorker, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Circulo de Poesia. She lives in Vermont and works at an architectural...
Weekend Reading:  What if you had no family photos?

Weekend Reading: What if you had no family photos?

One of our favorite writers, Suzanne Joinson, has virtually no family albums to look at, so she likes to look at strangers’.  Here, writing for The Guardian, she contemplates memory and the role photography plays in constructing our families … Look for her second novel, The Photographer’s Wife, in stores now. No family photos by Suzanne...
Truth Teller Spotlight:  Marylen Grigas

Truth Teller Spotlight: Marylen Grigas

  A few words on the series BROAD STREET is publishing in fall 2016 … Some of the poems in this series refer to my experiences since being diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago. Even though the time since has been far from easy, there have been many joyful and humorous moments. “Home Security” and...
Religion, Art, and Advertising ... with a Dash of Krause and Fenske

Religion, Art, and Advertising … with a Dash of Krause and Fenske

International sculptor Daniel M. Krause, interviewed in the “Hunt, Gather” issue of Broad Street, is known for many things–studying, deconstructing, and riffing on the famous Chinese warrior sculptures; major corporate commissions and gallery exhibitions; carrying the Olympic torch en route to Beijing; and a series of impressive sculptures for the Scientology flagship center in Clearwater, Florida. His...
"Package," a poem by Marylen Grigas

“Package,” a poem by Marylen Grigas

“Sad-sad wrapped in anxious-anxious, wrapped in a slew of questions …”       Share the next installment in Marylen Grigas’s new poetry series, illustrated by Riley McAlpine-Barthold.  These elegant poems map the boundaries of home, body, illness, and love, boundaries also eloquently evoked in the line drawings. Click above to see the poem in a printer-friendly, larger-font...