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Broadsided at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine

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Update, 10/27/23: EVENT CANCELLED. 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.

Broadsided: A Conversation about Taking Writing & Art into the Streets

  • Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME, 04101 (map)

Please join us with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance for a reading and conversation about what it means for art and writing to inspire each other and to move from walls and pages to streets, trees, lightposts, and anywhere else in the world.

Joining poet, naturalist and Broadsided founder and editor-in-chief Elizabeth Bradfield will be writers and artists and Broadsided contributors and collaborators including Jennifer Barber, John Bonanni, Jennifer Jean, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Jennifer Martelli, and Janice Redman. Copies of the Broadsided anthology will be available for sale.

This event will also celebrate the deubut Fall 2023 folio of broadsides (Issue 19.1), which will be published on the day of the event.  The folio holds eight original collaborations and includes a new Translation collaboration edited by Jennifer Elise Foerster.

  • “I Put My Fingers In,” Poet Darren Demaree, Artist David Bernardy
  • “Bambi is Native,” Poet Alica Mteuzi, Artist Donna Charging
  • “Naadą́ą́’ Ch’iiyáán Nitsísiiłkeis / Corn Foods Make Me Think,” Poet Michelle Whitstone, Artist Regin Igloria (Selected by Jennifer Elise Foerster)
  • “Bats,” Poet Rose Strode, Artist JoAnne McFarland
  • “Will flowers grow if they’re watered with tears or blood?” Poet Nicelle Davis, Artist Michele L’Heureux
  • “The Mud Says to the Potter,” Poet Rajiv Mohibir, Artist Janice Redman
  • “When I Wasn’t Vanishing,” Poet Geffrey Davis, Artist Daniel Esquivia Zapata
  • “To Let the Light In,” Poet Tomas Nieto, Artist Kevin Morrow

Jennifer Barber’s most recent poetry collection is The Sliding Boat Our Bodies Made (Word Works, 2022). Her previous books are Works on Paper, Given Away, and Rigging the Wind. She is co-editor, with Fred Marchant and Jessica Greenbaum, of the anthology Tree Lines: 21st Century American Poems (Grayson Books, 2022). In 1992 she founded the  journal Salamander and served as its editor through 2018. She is the current poet laureate of Brookline and her poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines, including Broadsided, Poetry, the Paris Review, the New Yorker, Tiferet, 32 Poems, the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and Orion, among others.

A Best New Poets, Pushcart, and Best of the Net nominee, John Bonanni is a Cape Cod based writer who founded the Cape Cod Poetry Review. His poems have appeared in Foglifter, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Hobart, and Gulf Coast, among others. He has reviewed poetry for DIAGRAM, Tupelo Quarterly, and the Kenyon Review. His research on poetry as an intervention for writing attitudes among learners with severe disabilities can be found in The Graduate Review (Bridgewater State University).

Elizabeth Bradfield, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Broadsided, is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Once Removed and Toward Antarctica, and has collaboratively created Theorem and the anthologies Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry and Broadsided Press: Fifteen Years of Poetic/Artistic Collaboration, 2005-2020. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Sun, Kenyon Review, and her honors include the Audre Lorde Prize in Poetry for her first book, Interpretive Work, and a Stegner Fellowship.  Liz lives on Cape Cod, works as a naturalist, teaches at Brandeis University, and runs Broadsided Press.

Jennifer Jean’s poetry collections include VOZ, The Fool, and Object Lesson. She’s also released the teaching resource Object Lesson: a Guide to Writing Poetry. Her poems, prose, and co-translations have appeared in POETRY Magazine, Rattle, The Common, On the Seawall, Terrain, the Los Angeles Review, and as an Academy of American Poets “Poem-a-Day.” She’s been awarded fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Disquiet/Dzanc Books, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Kolkata International Poetry Festival; as well, she received an Ambassador for Peace Award from the Women’s Federation for World Peace. Jennifer is the senior program manager of 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center’s online writing program.

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc’s first collection of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, won the Vassar Miller Prize, and his second, Deke Dangle Dive, was published by CavanKerry in 2021. His poems have appeared in the New Republic, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Poetry Northwest, and Orion, and he currently serves as Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Queen of Queens, selected as a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and My Tarantella, also selected as a “Must Read,” awarded an Honorable Mention from the Italian-American Studies Association and named as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. She is the author of the chapbooks All Things are Born to Change Their Shapes, winner of the Small Harbor Press open reading, In the Year of Ferraro from Nixes Mates, and After Bird, winner of the Grey Book Press open reading. Her work has appeared in The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Poetry, The Tahoma Literary Review, Scoundrel Time, Broadsided Press, Verse Daily, Iron Horse Review, and elsewhere. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for MER.

Janice Redman is a sculptor and mother who lives in Truro.  Born in England, she received her MFA from The University of Ulster, was twice a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and has been the recipient of many awards including the Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Purchase Prize, a Massachusetts Cultural Council award in sculpture, and residencies at Yaddo and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Her work is in the permanent collections of The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. She is represented by Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA.

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