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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!

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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.

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Poems by Joan Naviyuk Kane & Ghassan Zaqtan
Translations by Joan Naviyuk Kane & Fady Joudah
Art by Lisa Sette & Douglas Culhane

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Collaborators' Q&A:

Do you see an overlap between the act of translation and the act of responding visually to a piece of literature?
Douglas Culhane: Both involve interpretation and recreation. Both require a fidelity to the original as well as a commitment to the truth and presentation of the reimagined work.

How does translation fit into your creative life?
Joan Naviyuk Kane: As I adapt my creative identity, I move between the language of the everyday and the language that continues beyond me and before me.
Fady Joudah: Life is not possible without translation. I mean that literally, at DNA level.
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Meet The Collaborators:

Poet Joan Naviyuk Kane is author of The Cormorant Hunter's Wife, for which she received a 2009 Whiting Writers' Award, and Hypboreal (Pitt Poetry Series), winner of the 2012 Donald Hall Prize from AWP.

Artist Lisa Sette is a biologist living on Cape Cod who loves the intersection of art and science.

Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me. He is also a novelist and editor.

Translator Fady Joudah is a poet and physician. His translation of Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me won the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Artist Douglas Culhane works in sculpture and drawing. He has exhibited in New York and New England. See more of his work at

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!).

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sun print by Ira Joel Haber for the Broadsided Press 2014 Responses to Ebola feature

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Poem by C. Dale Young
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