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“To Fill a Room with ‘Nobody’” — Sara Talpos puts poetry and mitochondria under the microscope.

“To Fill a Room with ‘Nobody’” — Sara Talpos puts poetry and mitochondria under the microscope.

“To Fill a Room with ‘Nobody’” Emily Dickinson and mitochondria go under the microscope in this Pushcart-nominated essay from our “Small Things, Partial Cures” issue of 2018.  “Mitochondria, the tiny products of endosymbiosis, made it possible for Emily Dickinson to write over 1,700 poems and for Charles Darwin to climb 4,000 feet into the Andean...
Spotlight Interview: A. W. Barnes, memoirist.

Spotlight Interview: A. W. Barnes, memoirist.

Andrew (A. W.) Barnes’s book of essays, The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence, debuts with Bucknell University Press on December 14, 2018. It includes “Familial Bodies,” published in Broad Street’s online iteration. The publisher describes The Dark Eclipse as “personal essays in which A. W. Barnes seeks to come to terms with the...
"Familial Bodies," on a brother's suicide and a father's scorn. Memoir by A. W. Barnes.

“Familial Bodies,” on a brother’s suicide and a father’s scorn. Memoir by A. W. Barnes.

A father’s harsh words about a gay son’s suicide echo down the decades. A Broad Street online exclusive. “Anyone who lives this way deserves to die this way,” he said, looking directly at me …   One day in October 1993, I met my parents at the Medical Examiner’s office on 30th Street and First Avenue...
Presenting our 2018 Pushcart Prize nominees …

Presenting our 2018 Pushcart Prize nominees …

At BROAD STREET, we celebrate each word we publish. Choosing nominees during awards season is never easy, but here are six outstanding pieces from 2018 — with thanks to everyone who has helped us bring great true stories to the world this year. Photograph by Roger Camp: Stuffed mice in a Parisian shop window.   You can sample the...
Introducing TRULY, our free monthly digest.

Introducing TRULY, our free monthly digest.

Do you believe in truth? (Let’s not even talk about justice and the American way right now — but we will.) Then we invite you to enjoy Truly, our new free monthly newsletter.                                               Go...