Broadsided Press . Words and Art on the Streets

How Broadsided Press Works

'Station' at the airport.
Airports are a perfect spot for Vectorizing. Find the broadside (hint: it's on the airline kiosk).
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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 Jericho Brown
Art by Stacy Isenbarger

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Collaborators' Q&A:

Bsided: Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently?
Poet Jericho Brown: I think the visual helps me to see sadness as more of a prison than a weight.

Bsided: What inspires you in this poem?
Artist Stacy Isenbarger: I was struck by the rigor and weight of both letting go & holding on. While responding I considered a stain in reflection of a used vessel waiting in expectation. In my sketches this manifested itself in the form of a cloaked figure with open hands in wait. The applied concrete, stitched lines, and counting pencil marks became signifiers for the repetitive heaviness I felt through the poem.
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Meet The Collaborators:

Poet Jericho Brown's poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2013, The Best American Poetry 2014, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his most recent book, The New Testament, in which this poem appears, was published in the fall of 2014. Brown is currently Assistant Professor at Emory University.

Artist Stacy Isenbarger's creative pursuits include sculpture, installation, & mixed-media drawings. More on this can be found at She teaches Art + Design at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. When she's not working or making—and sometimes when she is—she's usually dancing. She finds that the act continuously validates her joy of creative community collaborative space.

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.

Shakespeare, Rumi, Collins, Dugan, Hayes: Share your favorite Love/LoveNot poems for our new Groundsourced Anthology via Tumblr. No sign-up required! Build a Feb 14 resource.

2014 HYIR

We asked you to help celebrate, examine, and honor the past year in poetry and art. We listed "big topics" from 2014 and asked for your haiku. Via Twitter. Now see the results!

"The Owls"

Poem by Laura Kasischke
Art by Michele L'Heureux


Poem by Jill Osier
Art by Kara Searcy


Poem by Maria Hummel
Art by Elizabeth Terhune


Writing & Art By...
• John Neives & Meghan Keane
• Nickole Brown & Karen Cappotto
• Judith Werner & Se Thut Quon
Site by Pelagic Design
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