What: Founded in 2005 with the mission of putting literature and art on the streets, Broadsided publishes monthly visual-literary collaborations as free posters for anyone to download and print. Special features punctuate the monthly publications.
How: Writing is chosen from open submissions. Art is created by a pool of artists invited to the project who “dibs” selected writing and create visual responses. Distribution is managed by you, the grass-roots “Vectors” who print the letter-sized pdfs and post them in your neighborhoods.
Why: We want to help YOU put words and art on the streets of your communities.
We’d love to consider your work. Please see our Submission Guidelines.
We are on social media, of course, and we’d love to hear from you. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before paperbacks and pocket books, before blogs, there were broadsides.
Every day, we walk past billboards for shops and car dealers, for churches and insurance, but our streets, our daily lives among each other, are missing something. They’re missing thought. Dialogue. Opinion. Ideas.
Loosely defined as single sheets of paper printed on one side, broadsides were the most diverse form of brief, single-occasion publishing before the Civil War. Although broadsides were first introduced in England, they became a prime means of communication in the United States.
Announcements, advertisements, song lyrics, commentaries, cartoons, and poems were printed and posted in towns across the nation. Later, Harlem Renaissance, Concrete, and Beat writers claimed the broadside as a below-the-radar way to get their words out onto the streets.
We want to continue the tradition.
Broadsided is equal parts traditional literary journal (seeking the best submissions of short work), ekphrastic without-a-net innovation (neither artist nor writer have input on the final product), and grassroots guerilla activism (you get the work out on the streets).
- Through each month’s “Collaborators’ Q&A” we lift the curtain on the creative process behind each publication and offer artist and writer a chance to respond to their experience (this is the first time they are in touch).
- On social media we feature images of broadsides “in the field” and stories of how they got there (in fact, we would love to hear your story).
- At “Bsided Responds” we offer a space where artists are featured as first responders to questions or issues of our moment.
- In our developing “Teach” section, we offer inspiration for any who wish to use our publications in the classroom.
- The new “Broadsides to Books” brings you mini-reviews and a bridge between broadside and a larger body of creative work.
- “Broadsided News,” collects all calls for submission, book reviews, and, well, news!
Elizabeth Bradfield, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, is the author of Toward Antarctica, Once Removed, Approaching Ice, and Interpretive Work. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Orion and elsewhere (www.ebradfield.com). Liz, who lives on Cape Cod, divides her time between work as a naturalist and an Associate Professor of the Practice of English at Brandeis University. Why Broadsided? Well, the idea of literary/visual collaboration has always fired her up. Also, it was pretty hard to put your hands on a literary journal in Anchorage, where she was living when she dreamed up the project. She wants poems out in the world, escaping their perfect-bound covers.
Alexandra Teague, Senior Editor, is the author of the novel The Principles Behind Flotation and three books of poetry—What We’ll Call Desire, The Wise and Foolish Builders, and Mortal Geography, winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award. She is also co-editor, with Brian Clements and Dean Rader, of the anthology Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence in the U.S. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Alexandra is an Associate Professor in the MFA program at University of Idaho. Alexandra joined the Broadsided editorial team in 2010.
Miller Oberman, Editor, is the author of The Unstill Ones. He completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Connecticut in 2017, where he studied trans-temporal poetics, translation theory, and Old English poetry. Miller teaches writing at Eugene Lang College in New York City, and his poems and translations have appeared in The London Review of Books, Poetry, the Boston Review, and Tin House. Miller teaches poetry workshops with Brooklyn Poets, and lives in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn with his wife, rock singer Louisa Solomon of The Shondes. Miller joined the editorial team in 2018 as a guest editor, and in 2019 honored us by joining permanently.
Current Guest Editor
Fall 2019 Guest Editor: Chanda Feldman
Gabrielle (Gabby) Bates, Official Voice of Broadsided Press on Twitter (@broadsidedpress), is a writer and visual artist from Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, she lives in Seattle, where she works at Open Books: A Poem Emporium and serves on the editorial board of the Seattle Review and Poetry Northwest. Her work appears in Poetry, the New England Review, the Missouri Review, Washington Square, Best of the Net 2015, the Adroit Journal, and Guernica, among other journals. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hugo House, and the University of Washington, where she completed her MFA. Gabby joined Broadsided’s editorial team in 2014. Find her at www.gabriellebat.es or on twitter: @GabrielleBates. Gabby joined Broadsided’s editorial team in 2014.
Clayre Benzadon, Instagram editor, is currently a second-year MFA student at the University of Miami. When she’s not messing around with language, she’s taking poetic material from her unconscious. Her dream place to vectorize would either be out on the streets Madrid, huddled around other writers during the Unamuno Literature Festival, on the mountains of Nepal, or finding a permanent, reusable and environmentally conscious way of vectorizing in the Galápagos. Clayre joined Broadsided’s editorial team in 2017.
Felicity Helfand, Vector-at-Large, is an emerging writer and editor in Los Angeles, California. When she’s not reading mysteries or hunting for a new mystery to read, she writes her own, pulling inspiration from her study abroad experience in Italy. Her dream place to vectorize would be in an LA boutique surrounded by luxury, or in a secluded corner of a Roman bistro, highlighting the ivy curling up marigold yellow walls. Felicity joined Broadsided’s editorial team in 2018.
Sean Hill, Editor, is the author of Dangerous Goods (Milkweed, 2014) and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008). His various fellowships and grants include fellowships from Cave Canem, The MacDowell Colony, and, most recently, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Ploughshares, Tin House, and numerous other journals as well as in several anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. He currently teaches at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. More information, as well as poems, can be found at his website: www.seanhill.org. Sean was a Broadsided editor from 2009-2016 and became a consulting editor in 2016.
Roger Sedarat is the author of 3 books of poetry: Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, winner of Ohio UP’s 2007 Hollis Summers’ Prize, Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011), and Foot Faults: Tennis Poems (David Roberts, 2017). A recipient of the Willis Barnstone Prize in translation, he teaches poetry and literary translation in the MFA Program at Queens College, City University of New York. Roger was a Broadsided editor from 2016 – 2017.
Past Guest Editors
Miller Oberman (April – October, 2018)
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha (January – March, 2018)
Willie Lin (October – December, 2017)
Broadsided Press does not publish work from our staff members, but our contributors often become part of our staff.
Former Editors & Interns
Lots can happen as a press expands and contracts, as lives become busier and quieter. We want to acknowledge, with deep gratitude, the participation of those who are not longer active with Broadsided but whose energy and vision were vital to the project:
Mark Temelko, Editor (2006-2009), lives in central New York and works at Ithaca College as part of the staff in the dean’s office in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He lives with his wife and two boys in a sprawling old farmhouse. He’s currently working on his first manuscript of poems.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Consulting Editor (2010-2012), is the author of Apocalyptic Swing. She lives in Los Angeles, in reality and virtually. She likes cream in her coffee. Hates to be alone on Sundays. Keeps Shabbat and will cook you the best Greek Easter feast you’ve ever had. If there is a heaven, she hopes there’s at least one woman who can sing Leonard Cohen songs.
Nazila Hafezi, Intern (2012-2013), was a software engineer for almost fifteen years, but one day she decided to pursue her dream and now she is a first year graduate student in Creative Writing at UMass of Boston. She loves her new life.
Lori Zimmermann, Tumblr Conductor and Copyeditor (2013-2016), is a graduate student in creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She writes some good poetry and some bad poetry.