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Artist Michele L'Heureux adds to the palimpsest of a street in Portugal by vectorizing her collaboration.
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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!

Think of it as web-enhanced grassroots guerilla art.

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

We hope you'll print it and post it in your local haunts— coffee shops, libraries, office doors, telephone poles, etc. That will make you a Vector.

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Poem by Laura Kasischke
Art by Michele L'Heureux

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Collaborators' Q&A:

Bsided: When you began this piece, was it color, shape, or some other aspect that you followed? Did that change?
Artist Michele L'Heureux: Given my love of owls, I was first interested in drawing/painting them and trying to capture the sense of them as perceptive and even all-knowing. Then I researched different parts of Laura's poem to unpack the language. I wasn't familiar with the Freud tales or the bones mythology and loved learning about those references. I mulled over different ways to depict the owls as the keepers of various stories, and that thought process propelled the drawing.

Bsided: If the Broadsided collaboration were a piece of music, what would it be?
Poet Laura Kasischke: Maybe some creepy Scottish ballad—a murder involved in it?—sung in a wavering voice by a little girl, accompanied by an evil old man on a lute.
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Meet The Collaborators:

Poet Laura Kasischke has published eight novels and eight collections of poetry, most recently Space, In Chains, for which she received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan. This poem first appeared in the New England Review.

Artist Michele L'Heureux is an artist and curator from Waltham, Mass. She is director of the Beard and Weil Galleries at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. She is currently taking a year-long sabbatical to draw and cook throughout the US and Portugal. Check out her work at

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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2014 HYIR

We asked you to help celebrate, examine, and honor the past year in poetry and art. We listed "big topics" from 2014 and asked for your haiku. Via Twitter. Now see the results!


Poem by Jill Osier
Art by Kara Searcy


Poem by Maria Hummel
Art by Elizabeth Terhune

"Mammaraq (Innuŋŋuuraq)" / "The Doll (A Pretend Person)"

Poem by Joan Naviyuk Kane
Art by Lisa Sette


Writing & Art By...
• Jericho Brown & Stacy Isenbarger
• John Neives & Meghan Keane

quilt by Amy Meissner for the Broadsided Press 2014 Responses to Ebola feature  drawing by Ira Joel Haber for the Broadsided Press 2014 Responses to Ebola feature  painting by Maura Cunningham for the Broadsided Press 2014 Responses to Ebola feature

3 artists, 3 poets offering words as empathy, outrage, beauty & hope in response to the Ebola virus. Get the collaborations.
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