Broadsided Press . Words and Art on the Streets

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Poet Jill Osier vectorizes the a train station.
Poet Jill Osier vectorizes a station in NH... See more & share yours!

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2015 will be the 10th anniversary of Broadsided Press. To celebrate, we want to have a presence at the annual AWP conference (held this coming year in Minneapolis). Our goal is to raise $1,000. Can you donate $10, $100, or more? We need your help!

Think of it as web-enhanced grassroots guerilla art.

On the first of every month, a new collaboration is posted for you to download. Free.

We hope you'll print it and post it in your local haunts— coffee shops, libraries, office doors, telephone poles, etc. That will make you a Vector.

Vectors are posting around the world.

We want to put literature and art on the streets. Help us.


Poem by Jill Osier
Art by Kara Jean Searcy

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Collaborators' Q&A:

Bsided: What surprised you about this visual piece?
Poet Jill Osier: I think everything about the sun surprised me... I love it... Maybe it's because Wyoming suggests horizons to me, and here the sun seems to say "now" and "here"...

Bsided: When you began this piece, was it color, shape, or some other aspect that you followed?
Artist Kara Jean Searcy: I followed the emotion of the poem more than I followed colors or shapes. The only images that I painted that have any real form are what look like power lines in the upper lefthand corner, and the reason those took form was because of the line "and you were driving."
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Meet The Collaborators:

Poet Jill Osier is the author of two chapbooks of poems. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Rasmuson Foundation, and Phillips Exeter Academy. "Wyoming" first appeared in The Iowa Review and is collected in the chapbook Bedful of Nebraskas (2012).

Artist Kara Searcy is a multi-media artist from Iowa. When she isn't wandering the grassy prairie with her daughter she can probably be found eating an apple or teaching the dog to play dead when she yells "Bang!"

Broadsided relies on YOU to move this work into the world. As of this month, we've moved all our Vector info onto a Tumblr page—pictures, quotes, inspiration, and the big map (which looks better than ever!).

You don't need to "join" to look or even to share pictures and stories with us and with each other.

Check it out and tell us what you think of Broadsided or about your Vectorizing adventures.

We turn to poetry when words fail us, when things seem impossible to articulate. The events of Ferguson, Missouri are like that. What poems have mattered to you?

In this new feature, we ask YOU to share poems directly with each other via our Tumblr. We will gather them at #PoemsForFerguson.

No need to register to view or contribute: Please share here.

quilt by Amy Meissner for the Broadsided Press 2014 Responses to Ebola feature  drawing by Ira Joel Haber for the Broadsided Press 2014 Responses to Ebola feature  painting by Maura Cunningham for the Broadsided Press 2014 Responses to Ebola feature

3 artists, 3 poets offering words as empathy, outrage, beauty & hope in response to the Ebola virus. Get the collaborations.


Poem by Maria Hummel
Art by Elizabeth Terhune

"Mammaraq (Innuŋŋuuraq)" / "The Doll (A Pretend Person)"

Poem by Joan Naviyuk Kane
Art by Lisa Sette


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• Jericho Brown & Stacy Isenbarger
• John Neives & Meghan Keane
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