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....
Coming in June 2016:  "Maps & Legends"

Coming in June 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

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 a production of The Tempest....
"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 - Lea Marshall

Truth Teller Spotlight – Lea Marshall

Read “13 Months,” a poem by Lea Marshall from our “Dangerous Territory” issue, and get her reflections on telling the truth in poetry, essay, dance, and beyond. 13 MONTHS She is strapped to me and we chant in rhythm with my steps as we walk. On a windy day we...
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...
Broad Street 2.1: "Bedeviled"

Broad Street 2.1: “Bedeviled”

Once devils lived in everything. They lurked in trees, hid in ponds, crept through forests, hexed our crops, sickened our livestock and our children, cursed our limbs so they withered. They brought down fires and illness and disappointments of all sorts. We set out gifts for them: bowls of milk,...
Weekend Reading: Paisley Rekdal Reflects on Marriage, Betrayal, and Murder

Weekend Reading: Paisley Rekdal Reflects on Marriage, Betrayal, and Murder

  Broad Street is proud to present a favorite story from our first issue, now formatted for online reading. “The Lives of Strangers,” by award-winning poet and memoirist Paisley Rekdal, explores the complexities of marriage and love—and the many forms of violence they can engender. It first appeared in the print version of Broad...
"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 assort musings by Ramsey Hootman, D.J. Lee, Alan Cheuse, Carol Moldaw, 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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Dream Path

Dream Path

“I see again the generosity of dream geography, giving me places from many periods of my life at once …” The final (for now) installment of the collaboration between poet Judith Serin and artist Masami Inoue.  The series will resume in January.   I keep thinking of a path I dreamt years ago, wondering why...
Dream Architecture:  Big Houses

Dream Architecture: Big Houses

Prose poem by Judith Serin, art by Masami Inoue.   I often dream of houses so big I must explore them. I discover boxes of old treasures, toys in a small room downstairs, a high balcony near the ceiling circled with statues and trunks of shiny dresses. Often they incorporate parts of my childhood house...
Weekend Reading:  The Man Who Would Be Jaguar

Weekend Reading: The Man Who Would Be Jaguar

Curious about what’s happened in the rain forest since the last time we heard from Glenn Shepard, intrepid author of “Agony and Ecstasy in the Amazon” from our “Bedeviled” issue?  He wrote for us about hard tobacco, ayahuasca, and new planes of experience.  He’s gone even further in this fascinating article by Emma Marris from National...
Dream Architecture: Outside/In

Dream Architecture: Outside/In

Dream Architecture: Outside/In Part 4 of the Dream Geographies collaboration between poet Judith Serin and visual artist Masami Inoue.          Herbert and I are in a large room, sleeping in separate beds. A weed with prickly leaves and purple yarrow-like flowers grows next to the foot of mine. I’m afraid the prickles...
"Pretty Moon" By Lisa Dordal

“Pretty Moon” By Lisa Dordal

From time to time, we re-present work that has been first been published elsewhere.  This  heartrending poem about nature’s imperviousness to human sorrow is worth more than one reading, and we are pleased to feature it as a Web extra. Pretty moon, everyone said. Before the noise, before the fire. Two cars and the cornfields...