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Issue 19.1, Fall 2023

Feb. 16 Update:  New Review! “Feel Your Strangeness: A Review of Jessica E. Johnson’s Metabolics” by Joley Fitch.

Our first biannual folio brings you eight new collaborations, two new lesson plans, a new book review, and two new team members!

Since 2005, we’ve published a single collaboration on the first of each month, and we’ve loved the “slow art” this has fostered. Yet we’ve found that our “Broadsided Responds” features, which offer a chorus of voices and visions on a specific topic, have a different synergy, an energy that bounces not just between the poem and art on a single page, but among the broadsides themselves. We want to offer that dynamism to all the broadsides we publish.

What does “Bats” say to “When I Wasn’t Vanishing?” How do “Bambi is Native” and “Naadą́ą́’ Ch’iiyáán Nitsísiiłkeis / Corn Foods Make Me Think” offer different visions of Indigeneity?

Each collaboration is published alongside a smart, engaging conversation between artist and writer about the origins of their art, creative prompts, books and art that have recently inspired them, insights about the folio as a whole, and more. Scroll down to hop right to the collaborations or leap to the full Editors’ Note.

For Teachers

To accompany this first folio, we offer two new Lesson Plans that utilize our entire new collection. Christine Spillson offers an exciting lesson that uses the portfolio to generate flash nonfiction and Ella Flores uses the poetics of image to generate original lyric work from the broadsides. We hope you love them; happy teaching!


Rocket Fantastic, Gabrielle Calvocoressi (Broadside: Rosary Catholic Church, August, 2010, with art by Alesia F. Norling)
“Like a segno, Calvocoressi’s poems transport you beside and inside, other people, animals, and the natural world. You become a mythic witness, engaging and becoming those you watch and those who watch you back.” Read the full review by Rachel Dillon.
Also: come join us Friday, October 27, at the Portland, Maine Museum of Art!  We’ll celebrate our first folio and the Broadsided anthology with readings and discussion between contributing artists and poets Elizabeth Bradfield, Jennifer Barber, John Bonanni, Jennifer Jean, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Jennifer Martelli, and Janice Redman. Update, 10/27/23: EVENT POSTPONED. Due to the ongoing situation in the Portland area, the Portland Museum of Art is closed today.  We will reschedule this event for a future date. We offer this folio on “Bearing Arms: Responding to Guns in American Culture” that we published in 2017 as a way to hold time and space for how art helps us hold time to consider what feels beyond comprehension. Our thoughts are with everyone in the Portland area.

Read the full Editors' Note


Broadsides to Books: Feel Your Strangeness

Metabolicsby Jessica E. JohnsonAcre Books, 2023ISBN: 978-1946724571$15.81, purchase at Review by Joely Fitch     Reviewer’s Note: In writing about Metabolics, I’m trying something that I’ve been practicing in my reviews and criticism more broadly: writing about a text in…

Broadsides to Books: Mythic Witness in Rocket Fantastic

The cover photo of Rocket Fantastic taken by the reviewer Rachel Dillon, with a red pen on the right and a seashell dish with trinkets on the left

Rocket Fantasticby Gabrielle CalvocoressiPersea Books, 2017ISBN: 978-0-89255-492-8$14.83, purchase at bookshop.orgReview by Rachel M. Dillon   If I were to take a rocket to outer space, I’d want it to be the liberatory, tender, deftly-crafted machine Gabrielle Calvocoressi builds in Rocket…