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Artist Meghan Keane with 'Almost Spring' Vectorized in her Brooklyn elevator.
Artist Meghan Keane Vectorizes her Brooklyn elevator.
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2015 will be the 10th anniversary of Broadsided Press. To celebrate, we want to have a presence at the annual AWP conference (held this coming year in Minneapolis). Our goal is to raise $1,000. Can you donate $10, $100, or more? We need your help!

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On the first of every month, a new collaboration is posted for you to download. Free.

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"Almost Spring"
Poem by John A. Nieves
Art by Meghan Keane
Broadsided March 1, 2015

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Collaborators' Q&A:

Bsided: Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently?
Poet John A. Nieves: Meghan's remarkable piece gave a new and powerful sense of texture the emotional complexity of the poem, the gesture toward soot/pitch/the darkness in an ultrasound moved me toward that dense blackness in a visceral way.

Bsided: When you began this piece, was it color, shape, or some other aspect that you followed? Did that change?
Artist Meghan Keane: I liked the connection of how a folded paper crane can stand for so much in Japanese culture—given to someone who is sick (for healing), can also be welcoming, a good luck symbol of sorts—and its potential to stand for so much in this work. It felt like a fallen bird was possibly the perfect symbol for loss.
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Meet The Collaborators:

Poet John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as Southern Review and Poetry Northwest. His first book, Curio, was published in 2014 by Elixir Press. He teaches at Salisbury University in Maryland.

Artist Meghan Kenae is a painter and printmaker. She is the founding director of and a visiting alumni artist at the Brooklyn College art department printshop. She currently paints couples worldwide.

Broadsided relies on YOU to move this work into the world. As of this month, we've moved all our Vector info onto a Tumblr page—pictures, quotes, inspiration, and the big map (which looks better than ever!).

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Usually, at Broadsided, artists respond to writing. But we like to turn the tables once and a while. Soon, we'll post an image for you writers to leap from. Come back mid-month to Switcheroo!

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