Weekend Reading: "El Rosario Road:    The spell of ordinary spectacle." By Douglas Haynes.

Weekend Reading: “El Rosario Road: The spell of ordinary spectacle.” By Douglas Haynes.

“The river swells. A white goose waddles out from a farmyard to ride the rapids, then disembarks and does it again. In a head-to-toe navy slicker and tall rubber boots, an ice cream man pushes his cart through the whitecaps. His thumb rings a bell …”   El Rosario Road...
From Our Pages:  "Leaving the House," by Kat Meads.

From Our Pages: “Leaving the House,” by Kat Meads.

“Classifications matter. Memory, by nature, is rebellious…” … and so is Kat Meads’s narrator as she looks at the family house she and her brother are abandoning.  Read Kat’s Pushcart-nominated lyrical essay from our “Maps & Legends” issue here, with artwork by Masa Inoue, or enjoy the large-print version below....
Weekend Reading:  "Chastity Belt Included," a memoir by Ramsey Hootman

Weekend Reading: “Chastity Belt Included,” a memoir by Ramsey Hootman

BROAD STREET presents the amazing true tale of a young woman who guarded her virginity “for religious reasons,” only to find herself completely flummoxed on her wedding night.  It was not a matter of technique, nor of sympathy on her husband’s part … Mother Nature had already put a mysterious,...
Share This Poem:  "A Hypochondriac's Guide to the Body," by Marylen Grigas.

Share This Poem: “A Hypochondriac’s Guide to the Body,” by Marylen Grigas.

Never mind discussing what is and isn’t postmodern, let’s discuss postnasal ….   BROAD STREET presents another in Marylen Grigas’s series of poems about loss, love, illness, and putting it all together again–illustrated by Riley McAlpine-Barthold.  Click above to see the poem in a printer-friendly, larger-font version, or scroll down past the...
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”...
Weekend Reading:  "My Life in Pantyhose," from Writers on the Job.

Weekend Reading: “My Life in Pantyhose,” from Writers on the Job.

“I used to counsel young women never to do two things, or not to do them in conjunction: 1. learn to type; 2. buy pantyhose. …” Could we talk to you about pantyhose? Or rather–could our editorial director, Susann Cokal, talk about them?  Below, you’ll find the link to an essay...
Interview with Jeanette Winterson:  "It's Always Some Battle ..."

Interview with Jeanette Winterson: “It’s Always Some Battle …”

“I didn’t intend to write a memoir. I was on a personal search for my biological mother, which I hadn’t intended to do either. You know what it’s like, the big things in life you never plan: you micromanage everything, and then the big things come along, and you never...
Religion, Art, and Advertising ... with a Dash of Krause and Fenske

Religion, Art, and Advertising … with a Dash of Krause and Fenske

International sculptor Daniel M. Krause, interviewed in the “Hunt, Gather” issue of Broad Street, is known for many things–studying, deconstructing, and riffing on the famous Chinese warrior sculptures; major corporate commissions and gallery exhibitions; carrying the Olympic torch en route to Beijing; and a series of impressive sculptures for the Scientology flagship...
July 4 and an American Childhood Abroad: Memoir by Gregory Osina Weatherford

July 4 and an American Childhood Abroad: Memoir by Gregory Osina Weatherford

A dispatch from our Department of Imagined Communities: Gregory Osina Weatherford, who grew up roving with parents employed by the State Department, reflects on the meaning held by July 4 while living in Afghanistan, Guinea, Brazil, and beyond. *   *   * I moved to Virginia almost 40 years ago....
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New Pages reviews our "Maps & Legends."

New Pages reviews our “Maps & Legends.”

Thanks  to  NEW  PAGES  for the  thoughtful  review  of  our summer  2016  issue, with special  praise  for  essays  by   Julie Anderson and Bea Chang, a poem by Ron Smith, and Bradley Dicharry’s photo essay featuring vernacular sign design (see some of his images with this post).     * Read the full review here. And enjoy...
From our Archives: "Holy War: Ramadan and race riots in Senegal," by Patricia Smith.

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

BROAD STREET is proud to present 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...
Truth Teller Spotlight:  Amie Oliver, painter.

Truth Teller Spotlight: Amie Oliver, painter.

“Truth, like beauty, is fleeting and temporary, so I strive to create work that is true at the time of its making but will linger in the viewer’s psyche afterward, resonating in layers of meaning.”   Amie Oliver’s artwork has been exhibited in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions as well as artists’ residencies in...
"Dream Moon":  A collaboration between poet Judith Serin and artist Masami Inoue.

“Dream Moon”: A collaboration between poet Judith Serin and artist Masami Inoue.

“The images shift, sometimes designs embossed on the sphere, sometimes a movie. The moon keeps on telling its shifting stories, image after image, throughout the night …”   Herewith, BROAD STREET presents the sixth and final installment of this spring’s “Dream Geographies” series, showcasing the dreams of poet Judith Serin and artist Masami Inoue … Follow the links below...
Truth Teller Spotlight:  Kat Meads.

Truth Teller Spotlight: Kat Meads.

“I remain a fan of the type of nonfiction that casts the author as filter rather than subject. Research, substantiated facts, made memorable to the reader because of how the material is assembled, the mode of telling… “ Multifaceted author Kat Meads is on a roll.  She just published her seventeenth book and sixth novel, In This Season...