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.
Let's put words out there for people to snort at, sigh over, argue with, and read. Let's put up broadsides.
On the first of every month, a new Broadsided literary/visual collaboration will be posted here for you to download.
What's more, Vectors (this could be you!) will post them in cafes, hallways, and elsewhere. See where Vectors are posting and add your town.
Writing is chosen through submissions sent to Broadsided. Artists allied with Broadsided are emailed the selected writing. They then "dibs" what resonates for them and respond visually.
The resulting letter-sized pdf is designed to be downloaded and printed by anyone with a computer and printer.
Our goal is to create something both gorgeous and cheap.
We want to put words and art on the streets.
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.