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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.


"Dear Atom Bomb,"
Poem by Catherine Pierce
Art by Ira Joel Haber
Broadsided August 1, 2014

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Collaborators' Q&A:

Bsided: When you began this piece, was it color, shape, or some other aspect that you followed? Did that change?
Artist Ira Joel Haber: I did not want to overtly refer to bombs and disaster, that would have been too easy and too boring. I will admit that I toyed with images of children hiding under school desks and people in gas masks and I suppose some of the results were fine, but I wanted my images to be more subtle but also deathly and colorful...
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Meet The Collaborators:

Poet Catherine Pierce is the author of The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia, 2012), winner of the 2013 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Poetry, and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia, 2008), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. She lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where she co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. This poem first appeared in Indiana Review and is included in The Girls of Peculiar.

Artist Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn New York. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer and teacher who sometimes writes poetry and movie reviews. His work is in the collections of New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum, The Hirshorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In 2004 he received The Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant. Currently he teaches art at the United Federation of Teachers Retiree Program in Brooklyn. (View Ira's Work)

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