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.
Writing is chosen from open submissions. Art is created by a pool of artists invited to the project. Distribution is managed by you, the grass-roots “Vectors” who print the letter-sized pdfs and post them in your neighborhoods.
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.
Elizabeth Bradfield, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, is the author of Once Removed (Persea, 2015), Approaching Ice (Persea, 2010) and Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Orion and elsewhere (www.ebradfield.com). Liz, who lives on Cape Cod, works as a naturalist, is 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 (Skyhorse, 2017) and two books of poetry—The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea, 2015) and Mortal Geography (Persea, 2010), 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 forthcoming anthology Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence in the U.S. (Beacon 2017). 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.
Willie Lin, Guest Editor (October – December, 2017) lives and work in Chicago, IL. She’s the author of the chapbooks Lesser Birds of Paradise (MIEL 2016) and Instructions for Folding (Northwestern University Press 2014).
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 a recent graduate of Brandeis University with a B.A in Psychology and Creative Writing. She has been the editor-in-chief for Laurel Moon, the school’s oldest literary magazine, and has also been published by the The Acentos Review, Merrimack Review, and Triadae Magazine. In addition, she has written for her school magazine as well as Linkedin’s student platform. Last year, she had the opportunity of attending The Ashbery Home School, a week-long writing workshop/conference in Miami. Clayre joined Broadsided’s editorial team in 2017.
Lori Zimmermann, Copyeditor, has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She writes some good poetry and some bad poetry. Lori joined the Broadsided editorial team in 2013.
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.
Broadsided Press does not publish work from our staff members, but our contributors often become part of our staff.