Desperate times, new measures: Introducing Broad Street's Pandemic Blog.

Desperate times, new measures: Introducing Broad Street’s Pandemic Blog.

. We feel the need to do something. We make masks, we donate money, and still our spirits yearn for more. Solidarity and company, the companionship of … what we have, which is a computer screen, where most of us are glued all day and night. But there are people...
“Forced Surrender,” by Valley Haggard.  Digging deep in quarantine and recovery.

“Forced Surrender,” by Valley Haggard. Digging deep in quarantine and recovery.

“… you have to start to take it one day, one hour, one minute at a time just like you did in the first days of sobriety and childbirth and your very own brand-new unfamiliar life.” . When the gratitude lists and the shit lists are coming faster than you...
“We Are Operating Blindly in Much of the Country,” by Leslie Hayes, MD.

“We Are Operating Blindly in Much of the Country,” by Leslie Hayes, MD.

In the first entry in Broad Street‘s new blog about the pandemic, a doctor explains problems in testing for COVID-19.   “Because physicians weren’t able to test these patients, most states missed noticing when the disease started to have community spread.”   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/testing.html I belong to several groups of health care workers...
Contributor News: Susann Cokal has a new novel, Mermaid Moon.

Contributor News: Susann Cokal has a new novel, Mermaid Moon.

Susann Cokal, our editorial director, has published a new young adult novel with Candlewick Press. The concept: In the far northern reaches of civilization, a mermaid leaves the sea to look for her land-dwelling mother among people as desperate for magic and miracles as they are for life and love....
"Kuan Yin," a memoir by Judy Anne Wilson: Coming out as a lesbian in the first years of the AIDS crisis.

“Kuan Yin,” a memoir by Judy Anne Wilson: Coming out as a lesbian in the first years of the AIDS crisis.

“I imagined his losses as paving stones, each appearing one after the other, each the dispossession of a dream, a hope.” Pride. Photo by the author. – Kuan Yin I was such a newbie, arriving in San Francisco on a rare sunlit afternoon in mid-November 1983. A picaro of sorts, by way of...
"The Archaeology of Desire": a portfolio by Gale Rothstein.

“The Archaeology of Desire”: a portfolio by Gale Rothstein.

“Where are we? Who is here with us? How big or small are we? Are we awake or dreaming?” This feature is also available, in slightly different format, on Medium. – – Editors’ Note Gale Rothstein’s work embraces dualisms in a conflicted environment: impermanence and reinvention, loss and hope. She...
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“No One Is Intrinsically Immune,” by Christopher Bradley, MD:  A neuroscientist explains transmission.

“No One Is Intrinsically Immune,” by Christopher Bradley, MD: A neuroscientist explains transmission.

If the surface were “human,” our immune system would not recognize it as “foreign,” and we would not develop immunity. A pangolin, or spiny anteater, in defensive posture. Where do I start? I’m a molecular biologist, a neuroscientist, and a practicing physician (so I deal with infections). I am not a virologist, nor an infectious...
Our Pushcart Prize nominees from 2019 ... Read them all here.

Our Pushcart Prize nominees from 2019 … Read them all here.

We love everything we publish. As always, it was very hard to choose only six nominees. That said, we congratulate and applaud six fine writers–take the chance to give their work a read now.   Colleen Curran, “We Were Working Moms” Michael Griffith, “Ghosts of the Wall Dogs” Lise Haines, “Seek and Hide Again” Joe...
"Birth, School, Work, Death": Contents & Contributors for Summer/Fall 2019.

“Birth, School, Work, Death”: Contents & Contributors for Summer/Fall 2019.

We present our Summer/Fall 2019 issue–“Birth, School, Work, Death” … Four phases of life, with the beauty in the details. If you wish, you can go to the Table of Contents and Contributors’ Notes on Medium here: Contents. All of our features are published there, too. Here’s what you’ll find in this issue … All...
"At Death's Door," an essay by Margie Patlak.

“At Death’s Door,” an essay by Margie Patlak.

Looking back and clinging to life. “But I just don’t feel old! I’m not ready to die.”   I was going to die. I had a brain tumor; it had grown back, I could feel it boring down into the roof of my mouth, and now I was going to die. I couldn’t accept it, couldn’t...
"After the Wake, Gramma Ruth Communes with Her Beloved," a poem by Ellen Kombiyil.

“After the Wake, Gramma Ruth Communes with Her Beloved,” a poem by Ellen Kombiyil.

“It didn’t flare like tissue or burn to ash but hovered many minutes …” To enjoy this feature as a broadside, drag the image to your desktop … or scroll down to read the poem in plain text. After the Wake, Gramma Ruth Communes with Her Beloved 1. “There in a jar, emptied of buttons — mama put a...