Hurricane Sandy


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So… Hurricane Sandy happened. Are you safe? I hope that wherever you are living right now, it is safe and with heat/water/electricity.

As you doubtless know by now, the New York-New Jersey area — as well as other Eastern Seaboard states such as Virginia — got pummeled. The president has declared NY and NJ literal, legal disaster areas. (Photos of the devastation at CNN.)

If you want to help with the relief efforts, here are some places taking donations:

The American Red Cross (obviously). Particularly the Greater New York branch.  You can donate money through mail, telephoning with your credit card number, via their website or, more mysteriously, via texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.  The text automatically donates $10 to the organization’s Disaster Relief branch, which helps with relief efforts in general; this doesn’t specify if your $10 would go to Sandy relief efforts exclusively (or at all).  I imagine that right now, though, at least part of your donation would go to Sandy.  It’s my understanding that any texted donations will show up as charges on your phone bill.

The Red Cross does not accept donated goods (e.g. clothing, canned food, etc), as that would require diverting part of their workforce toward sorting, shipping, and distributing said goods.  It’s more efficient to donate money to the relief efforts; the Red Cross can buy needed items nearby the affected communities, assisting their local economy and saving precious time.

They do, of course, accept blood and platelet donations, and those are needed more than ever.

Food banks run by Feeding America is supplying basic meals in the aftermath and Direct Relief International is working to give people healthcare in the 16 states affected by the storm,  especially individuals’ access to pharmacy services.  Given that the MTA in New York continues to be shuttered and that transportation remains an issue in several other states, this is not something to dismiss.

CNN has further information on ways to help.

Meet Hannah!

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Here’s Hannah, the third and final conductor on our ship of dreams.  Also, she’s a Best New Poet.  Just saying.


Hello Broad! peeps, my name is Hannah!  I think I will put an exclamation point after my name, just like Broad! does… perhaps this is not a sustainable goal… 
To echo the sentiments of Heather, Brittany, and T.R. , it is my hope to do everything in my power to encourage women’s art and writing, and this seemed like a fabulous venue and opportunity for me to do that.  I really believe that it is important to encourage and highlight quality art from a diverse group of people, and it’s become increasingly more obvious to me that our world is a little lacking in that –particularly the world of publishing.  
I live outside of Boston with my wife Melissa and we are busy getting ready for the birth of our first child!  Such exciting stuff!  I also teach writing at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, and I’m working on a book of poems about the vice presidents of the United States.  It’s an exciting project, but it’s been taking me a long time to complete.  Poetry is one of my favorite things in the world, along with my wife, my family, my teddy bear, Reese’s peanut butter cups (fresh… stale ones are gross), and being with friends.  I also believe in the Oxford comma and smiling as much as possible.  If you want to know more about me, don’t be afraid to ask; I won’t bite!
I’m excited to be able to work with the amazing women at Broad! and looking forward to getting things rollin’.

Hannah named a Best New Poet!

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Our own Hannah Baker-Siroty, printed in the Summer 2012 issue of Broad! (readable/downloadable here or here) and now associate editor, has been chosen for this year’s edition of Best New Poets!  Her poem “Beekeeper Outside Escanaba, Michigan” will be published in November.  For the 2012 edition of the annual anthology, poet Matthew Dickman presided as editor.

Basically, Hannah is a brilliant writer and lovely person to boot, so I suggest you check out her work.  (And Matthew Dickman’s, for that matter!  His poem “Slow Dance” felt delicately beautiful enough that I wrote it out and posted it on my wall last year.  And obviously, he has good taste.)

Congratulations, Hannah!

Meet T.R.!

The second of our three new editors, and the second member of our board.
Hello gentleladies!

I’m T.R. Benedict and I’m really excited to start editing and blogging for Broad! I heard about the magazine from a friend and had a piece published in the Spring 2012 issue. I later applied for the assistant editor position because Broad!’s mission resonates with me: to raise consciousness of unequal representation in the literary world while publishing all kinds of creative work by women. Stories are powerful in all forms, and  I think that we should be critical of whose stories are being heard and how that shapes our attitudes. I think the way that literature is categorized- genre classifications based on gender, ethnicity, or sexuality, for example- are telling as well, and worth discussion. To create platforms for all kinds of writers without creating restrictive or tokenizing categories may be a challenge, but it’s one worth undertaking.

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I tend toward poetry, creative non-fiction, and the occasional flash fiction, but I’m interested in work of all genres (and work that defies genre!) I try to read widely; my latest literary obsessions include Joan Didion and Richard Siken. I also enjoy making art, and I look forward to seeing what kind of visual submissions we receive.

In addition to literary and feminist issues, I hope to explore media, art, queer topics, and more in my blog posts here. This is my first real blogging experience, so input is appreciated. And of course, keep the submissions coming!

Meet Brittany!


Hey there!

As you may have noticed, Broad! has gone through a sweeping change in the ranks.  Remember when I posted a while back looking for an assistant editor?  Well, we were lucky enough to land three editors: two to form an editorial board and an associate editor.  Brittany Lynn Goss, T.R. Benedict, and Hannah Baker-Siroty are all pretty amazing women, so get excited.

The other editors and I will begin posting to this blog regularly, a few times a week — book reviews, brief articles, discussions of news events/issues in the literary world, et al.  (If there are topics/issues you would like to see covered on the site, please contact with “Blog Idea: [Topic]” in the subject line.  We make no promises, but will take it into consideration.)

T.R. and Hannah will be writing posts on this blog to introduce themselves over the next several days.  Meanwhile, here’s the first of our fabulous newbies: Brittany!


Good evening broads,

My name is Brittany Goss and I’m introducing myself today, in the first Broad! post of what I hope will be many posts to come. A bit about me as a writer: reading and storytelling have been my passions since I was very young, and though I’ve wandered off for brief periods of time (an anthropology major declared freshman year of college; two semesters of teaching for Denver public schools), I’ve always found my way back to a blank piece of paper and a pen. Right now I write mostly fiction, though I also write poetry and similarly strange things. Since it’s in my nature to question boundaries of all forms, I am hyperinterested in how the boundaries between genres dissolve. So hybrid or mixed-genre work is one thing I am playing with at the moment. I’m from Maine and even though I’m currently living in Colorado, most of my stories seem to be set in or around New England, with characters who reflect the spirit of that place.

I recently joined this magazine as a member of the editorial board. Somehow, last year, I found Heather Lefebvre on Twitter and added her to two of my lists: literary magazines and social justice. When the first two issues of Broad! were published, I was so pleased to see that not only was the magazine supporting women writers, but the writing was of high quality, fresh and inspiring. When Heather started looking for some assistant editors, I knew I had to get involved. I’ve been a human rights and feminist activist for some time now, and I am particularly drawn to issues where social justice and literature intersect. Organizations like PEN AmericaVIDAGirls Write Now, and the OpEd Project have a special resonance for me. Unfortunately, freedom of speech is not internationally considered an inalienable human right. Writers are persecuted globally by states who are threatened by the dissident literature they produce. I am lucky to live in a country where the government is consitutionally obligated to protect my freedom of speech. And yet, speakers without platforms or audiences cannot be heard by many. This is the case with women in publishing: many of us are speaking, but we have yet to gain the same platform space and audience of our male colleagues. Whether this inequity begins with a lack of opportunities in education and writing, or is a gap maintained primarily by the publishing industry, I can’t say. My educated guess is some of both. And if I’m correct, the solution to this problem lies in increasing literacy and writing opportunities for women, while creating more space for us to publish. I am proud that Broad! has stepped in to create a little more space for women in publishing.

I’ll write more in a couple of weeks. Until then, keep writing and sending it out!



Hey there!

A lot’s been going on behind the scenes of Broad! lately.  Lots of rustling in our pockets to find pens with which to take notes, scores of avocados devoured with lemon juice and pepper when we sat up brainstorming at computers.  Noisettes, Frank Ocean, Anais Mitchell to keep us awake late at night.  Changes are afoot.  But more on that in a few days.

The thing to remember right now is that submissions are open for the Winter 2012 issue.  (!!!) We’d like to read your work, if you let us.  The sub period will run until Saturday, October 13, 2012.  Anything submitted after that date will be considered for the Summer 2013 issue.  Please check out our submission guidelines!  


Assistant Editor Needed


Broad! is seeking an assistant editor.  Our current assistant editor, the excellent Emma Needleman, will be pursuing a Ph.D program in the fall.  Congratulations and best of luck, Emma!

Job duties and responsibilities include reading through submissions and assisting me in the review process.  Must be available for editorial meetings, whether in-person or via Skype.  (Telecommuting is workable, though not preferred.)  Occasionally, you may be asked to assist on layout.  

This position is unpaid.  Broad! does not bring in enough money (read: any) that we can afford to pay our staff.


  • Some post-secondary education (though not, necessarily, a full Bachelor’s)
  • Interest in literature
  • Interest in feminism and gender or queer studies
  • Editing experience
  • Strong writing skills
  • Familiarity with desktop publishing software (e.g. Scribus, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Pagemaker)*
  • Self-motivated

Interested applicants should please send a cover letter to Heather Lefebvre at broadzine [at] gmail [dot] com.  If you sound like a good fit for us, we will contact you to set up an interview.

*Broad! currently uses Scribus, an open-source software application, for its layout.  Scribus is available off its website as a free download for Windows or Mac.  I can train someone on the software if needed.