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’...
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...
"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....
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...
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:  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...
Dream Architecture:  New Views

Dream Architecture: New Views

Part 3 of the Dream Geographies collaboration between poet Judith Serin and artist Masami Inoue.   My husband–an unfamiliar dream husband—has bought us a large white stucco house.  At first I think it’s dull.  But outside along a wall of round dark stones I discover a path to a beach.  There’s hardly any sand—perhaps the tide is high—and people...
Dream of San Francisco

Dream of San Francisco

Part 2 of the Dream Geographies collaboration between poet Judith Serin and artist Masami Inoue.   — I’m walking in the Richmond neighborhood, near where my husband, Herbert, and I used to live, but the fancy part, around Lake Street, close to Sea Cliff.  Among the grid of city streets and large square houses that fill their lots...
Presenting the Dream Geography Series

Presenting the Dream Geography Series

Broad Street presents a collaboration between poet Judith Serin and visual artist Masami Inoue. Dreams lie somewhere on a map, and these two are seeking the legend to read it.