“True stories, honestly.”


On Broad Street

Broad Street is an interdisciplinary magazine of letters and art, begun at Virginia Commonwealth  University in 2012 and now independently operated. We continue to draw on the university’s wealth of talent for members of our editorial and design staff, all dedicated to finding the best true stories–in many genres, from many places and perspectives–and presenting them to the world.

We don’t mess around with the truth. What we publish is each contributor’s honest take on an experience, a phenomenon, a movement, an image. (And we keep our fact-checkers busy with the details.)

At the same time, we recognize that true stories can be told in many different ways: Narrative essays, researched reflection, experimental truth-telling, photo essays, belles lettres, poetry, and all forms of visual art come together here.

We believe in a genuine marriage of image and text, providing a venue where fine art and literature reflect upon and amplify each other.

Above: Masa Inoue’s “Will You Stay?” and Kat Meads’s lyrical essay “Leaving the House” (featured in “Maps & Legends“) address home, loss, brokenness.

We’ve featured work ranging from the very personal to the scientific, ethnographic investigations into hard snuff and ayahuasca in the Amazon, the cultural significance of Barbie and Midge for female friendship, and photo essays on life near the Arctic Circle and soldiers during and after deployment in Afghanistan.

Browse our online content or order a back issue to get a feel for what we publish and promote.

As of 2018, we have shifted our publication model from lengthy print runs to print-on-demand. Each themed issue’s full content will be available online for a nominal fee, with features pulled from the issue–and Online Exclusives–presented for free on the website.

Broad Street is now easier to find than ever!

As of spring 2020, we have suspended regular publication in favor of an informal blog about the strange times through which we’re living. For submission information, you’ll have actually to look at the blog. See what we publish, then send us something that feels right.


Click here or on the cover above to see a sampler of pages from our debut issue.


Our Needs

We are always looking for exciting talent to feature in the themed issues and as Online Exclusives, so if you have an interesting piece of nonfiction—essay, reportage, memoir, experimentation, or other writing—or any form of visual art, we invite you to send it in through Submittable.

Each issue has a theme broadly interpreted; please submit with these themes in mind and identify the theme in your subject line.

We especially welcome work that offers reflection on the culture. Feel free to send your “me-moir,” yes, but also think about what your personal experience means.

For more on submissions, themes, guidelines, etc., go to our detailed Submissions page.

     Nota bene:  Our current projected schedule may not be the same as what’s shown on sites such as Duotrope and Poets & Writers.  The website has the most current and accurate dates possible.



Editorial Director
Susann Cokal
sbcokal@vcu.edu (emergencies only, please)

Advisory Editorial and Design Board

Carla Alberto-Dominguez
Bayan Atari
Mindy Daniels
Raquela Hamman
Sterling Hundley
Robert Meganck
Gregory Osina Weatherford
Tyler Darden (emeritus)


True stories, honestly.