GIFs for Writers


Sometimes words just don’t describe our experiences as well as random video clips, and that’s OK, because tumblr has given us #whatshouldwecallme and a variety of spin-off blogs that never fail to amuse us when we should be doing something more productive. Except I don’t think there’s one specifically for writers and MFA students. And that’s a damn shame. So, to rectify this situation:  UPDATE: A reader told us that there IS a gif blog for writerly types: #whatshouldwecallpoets at Enjoy!

That feeling you have immediately after finishing a first draft:

And when you read it again the next morning:


When people say they don’t really read books:

When my mom tells me about another writer who sold a break-out Young Adult novel she started on her blog:

Graduating with a degree in creative writing:

When someone I know gets published:

(If he or she is my friend)

If s/he is someone I don’t like:

When someone in a workshop tries something new or experimental:

When MFA students teach Intro. to Rhetoric:

When you send your work to literary journals who have rejected you before, knowing your writing has improved:

And of course…

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’.

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!