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Truth Teller Spotlight: Gretchen Comba

Truth Teller Spotlight: Gretchen Comba

When I “get in,” I am seeing, hearing, and smelling the world along with the characters… And so I say again, in the hope that my doing so will make the process a little less disheartening for beginning writers: Keep going, for if you keep going, the “real” or “true” story will reveal itself. And...
The Power and Limitations of "Hiroshima"

The Power and Limitations of “Hiroshima”

The most celebrated example of long-form nonfiction in the post-World War II years was John Hersey’s Hiroshima, originally published in The New Yorker in August 1946 in its complete 30,000-word form, taking up the entire issue (to memorialize the fiftieth anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the magazine has posted the full piece online). Hersey’s carefully...

Poet Claudia Emerson Sings of Lost Love

In 2006 Claudia Emerson won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Late Wife. The deeply personal collection ended with reflections on her second marriage, to Kent Ippolito, a musician who had been widowed by cancer. This morning, Emerson died from complications due to cancer. She was 57, and a much-loved professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Broad Street’s...

Contributor Paisley Rekdal to Judge Poetry for 2014 National Book Awards

Essayist and poet Paisley Rekdal, whose essay“The Lives of Strangers” appeared in Broad Street’s “Dangerous Territories” issue, has been chosen to serve as poetry judge for the 2014 National Book Awards. She joins the ranks of Eileen Myles, Katie Peterson, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Robert Polito to assess the nation’s top poets of 2014. Congratulations! Paisley, who teaches...

Issue 1.2 Contributor Melinda Moustakis awarded NEA and Kenyon Review Fellowships

Melinda Moustakis, whose piece “Dear Alaska, A Letter to a Way of Life,” is in issue “Hunt, Gather,” was recently awarded both a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Fiction and named as one of the 2014-2016 Kenyon Review Fellows. Melinda was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and her first book Bear Down Bear North: Alaska Stories was...