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Contributor News: Susann Cokal wins Gemini Magazine Fiction Prize for a story about J. Marion Sims.

Contributor News: Susann Cokal wins Gemini Magazine Fiction Prize for a story about J. Marion Sims.

Susann Cokal, who contributed “Making Friends with Midge” to our first issue–and who serves as Broad Street‘s Editorial Director–won the Gemini Magazine 2019 Fiction Prize for her story “A Spoon Will Catch the Dark Girls’ Pain.” – “A Spoon Will Catch” is a look at the life of J. Marion Sims, often called the Father of Modern...
“Passing Through,” an essay by Lise Funderburg.

“Passing Through,” an essay by Lise Funderburg.

Identity among the thrift-store racks. “Some days this room seems like a testament to folly and wastefulness. Other days, this day, it speaks of people just trying to live their lives.” Courtesy of Whosoever Gospel Mission. – “Passing Through” I was making my rounds the other day, practicing the heart-gladdening, soul-soothing, work-avoiding art of thrift-shopping. I’ve thrifted almost...
Online Exclusive: "Hands Chopping Air": on teaching ESL in Manhattan's Chinatown.  An essay by Rachel Aydt.

Online Exclusive: “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 our way to school. The...
From Our Pages: “The Jersey in Me,” by Alan Cheuse.

From Our Pages: “The Jersey in Me,” by Alan Cheuse.

A bridge closes and a writer’s gorge rises. “I’ve learned from painful experience that the heat of Jersey anger never goes out, not when stoked by some unkind word or gesture from stranger or supposed friend. Or a traffic incident.” The bridge in question, which is the nation’s busiest. Read about the closing in the New...
From Our Pages: "Holy War: Ramadan and race riots in Senegal," by Patricia Smith.

From Our Pages: “Holy War: Ramadan and race riots in Senegal,” by Patricia Smith.

BROAD STREET presents this essay (recipient of a Special Mention from the Pushcart editors) from our “Hunt, Gather” issue (fall/winter 2014) … Here’s what happened during one holy season when Patricia Smith, a Fulbright scholar in Senegal, found a sudden war erupting in the small village where she’d been teaching high schoolers and immersing herself in the...