Weekend Reading:  "My Little Pony," a memoir by Tama Janowitz

Weekend Reading: “My Little Pony,” a memoir by Tama Janowitz

“I didn’t know what that good life was going to be but I figured it would probably not include a kitchen where the food had expiration dates from three years earlier and when you opened the box moths flew out. . . .” Read the complete text of Tama’s “My...
Illustrating the Poem that Records the Dream:  An Interview with Collaborators Judith Serin and Masami Inoue

Illustrating the Poem that Records the Dream: An Interview with Collaborators Judith Serin and Masami Inoue

“Dreams seem to like it when you pay attention to them, and they get more and more vivid …” At Broad  Street, we’re all about telling true stories in multiple forms.  We have big dreams.  So do poet Judith Serin and artist Masami Inoue. For some time now, Judith has been working...
July 4 and an American Childhood Abroad

July 4 and an American Childhood Abroad

A dispatch from our Department of Imagined Communities: Gregory Osina Weatherford, who grew up roving with parents employed by the State Department, reflects on the meaning held by July 4 while living in Afghanistan, Guinea, Brazil, and beyond. *   *   * I moved to Virginia almost 40 years ago....
Coming in July 2016:  "Maps & Legends"

Coming in July 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 - Ramsey Hootman

Truth Teller Spotlight – Ramsey Hootman

Ramsey Hootman recently released her first novel, “Courting Greta,” and penned a memoir featured in our “Bedevilled” issue. A San Francisco area resident, Hootman perfects the balancing act of mother and writer. We’re impressed.  So we asked her some questions about truth, writing and the role honesty plays in her craft....
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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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...
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...