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...
From Our Pages: "Agony and Ecstasy in the Amazon": on snuff, ayahuasca, and manhood in Peru. By Glenn H. Shepard, Jr.

From Our Pages: “Agony and Ecstasy in the Amazon”: on snuff, ayahuasca, and manhood in Peru. By Glenn H. Shepard, Jr.

Presenting a popular feature from our print issue 2.1, “Bedeviled”: We invite you to go deep into the Amazon and dig into the snuff pots with intrepid ethnobotanist and ethnographer Glenn H. Shepard, Jr. You’ll learn about the arcane culture of altered states and finish off with a long hard...
Truth Teller Spotlight: Douglas Haynes.

Truth Teller Spotlight: Douglas Haynes.

“Sometimes the language takes on its own life. This signals to me that it’s worth writing about.” Douglas Haynes is taking off. He has not one but two books out this season: Every Day We Live Is the Future: Surviving in a City of Disasters, an account of the struggle to...
Truth Teller Spotlight: Lee Strasburger, Artist.

Truth Teller Spotlight: Lee Strasburger, Artist.

“To express myself in that ‘calling moment’ is to give my energy in its purest, most positive form….”   Lee Strasburger is a painter, photographer, and textile artist who has mounted one-person shows in Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her work has also been featured in group shows all...
Celebrating the Poetry of Marylen Grigas.

Celebrating the Poetry of Marylen Grigas.

We at BROAD STREET were honored to publish some of the last work by beloved poet Marylen Grigas, who died in February 2017. Each one was illustrated by her niece, Riley McAlpine-Berthold, with whom Marylen had a remarkable collaborative relationship. We invite you to read about her struggles with cancer, the ironic...
From Our Pages: "An Affair of Youth" ... In search of flappers, belles, and the first grave of the Fitzgeralds, by Bryant Mangum. With rare photograph of the gravesite.

From Our Pages: “An Affair of Youth” … In search of flappers, belles, and the first grave of the Fitzgeralds, by Bryant Mangum. With rare photograph of the gravesite.

Finally Rick struck a match by a gravestone and yelled, “They’re here!” Jim and I converged on the modest, waist-high headstone, streaked dark with tree sap or mold, that Rick was kneeling beside. In his matchlight the inscription was clear: “Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald . . . His Wife . . . Zelda Sayre.” Things went...
"Hands Chopping Air": on teaching ESL in Manhattan's Chinatown.  An essay by Rachel Aydt.

“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:  "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:  "Geodesy," by Marya Hornbacher.

Share This Poem: “Geodesy,” by Marya Hornbacher.

Journey across the map of the beloved’s body in this prose poem by best-selling memoirist Marya Hornbacher. You’ll find a specially formatted broadside here, or scroll down for the large-print version …   —— Marya Hornbacher is the author of several books, including Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, Madness:...
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...
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"Two Hats at Once: A Book Publicist Turns Writer (and Markets Her Own Book Too)," by Caitlin Hamilton Summie.

“Two Hats at Once: A Book Publicist Turns Writer (and Markets Her Own Book Too),” by Caitlin Hamilton Summie.

“I have always believed in marketing a book for its full life, not for a season or a set time period. The one thing I have learned about marketing is that it can be endless.”  Caitlin designed her own ads for email blasts such as this one. Sometimes an author is her own best publicist — and sometimes...
Breaking news: On the *Notable* Bea Chang and the river her father promised.

Breaking news: On the *Notable* Bea Chang and the river her father promised.

“They were river boys, he likes to say, and they grew up into mountain men. In college, they sneaked past anti-Communist guardposts by the pale gray of dawn to backpack into the mountain range that stretches down the heart of Taiwan.”   We’re pleased to see that Bea Chang’s “The River My Father Promised” has...
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...
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...
Daredevil Costume Designer Paloma Young is Tony-nominated again! And brings plenty of snacks to the ceremony.

Daredevil Costume Designer Paloma Young is Tony-nominated again! And brings plenty of snacks to the ceremony.

Costume designer Paloma Young, who was interviewed for our second issue, “Hunt, Gather,” adds another Tony nomination in 2017 for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (that would be the one starring Josh Groban).  She already has one statue, for her work on Peter and the Starcatcher in 2012, which won several other high-prestige...