A Magazine of Rescued Poems
Most poetry is rarely, if ever, revealed to a significant readership again after its initial exposure. While some poems gain more visibility over time, many more are published only once by small publications with limited distribution or appear on webzines with little traffic. The Broadsider attempts to change this in some small way by showcasing poetry in a significant and meaningful fashion.
The Broadsider began ambitiously in 2009 as an annual magazine of limited edition, numbered and signed poetry broadsides. The first two years saw two published annuals (Volume 1, Series 1-30; and Volume 2, Series 1-17) which included a combined total of 47 broadsides by 44 different poets.
Because of our own debt ceiling crisis, the published annuals have been discontinued. In 2011 we began publishing individual broadsides as separate and complete volumes in and of themselves.
These broadsides are in editions of 100 signed copies (Limited Edition Issue). The Regular Issue of each broadside (unsigned) will be published and displayed on The Broadsider website. All work chosen for inclusion is by invitation only.
The editors will continue to showcase previously published poems and will publish as many volumes in any given year as finances dictate. This will occur from January thru November of each year. Complete sets of the first two volumes are still available for sale: a Limited Edition Issue (numbered and signed), and a Regular Issue (unsigned).
The Broadsider uses 2-3 color as well as full color inks and is printed on various 65# acid-free, color cover stock. An appropriate graphic complements the text. Poets selected for each volume, which include the well-known and the not-so-well-known, receive half the print run as payment, plus a PDF of their broadside. In addition, each poet chosen for The Broadsider is eligible to be nominated for a Bulitzer Prize in the "Poetry Broadside" category.
We rely on an extensive library of small press books and literary magazines to make our selections. We also peruse hundreds of current poetry books, chapbooks, anthologies, journals, blogs, and webzines each year. Though we neither request or encourage it, poets and publishers are free to donate poetry books, magazines, anthologies, etc., to The Broadsider. No material can be acknowledged or returned and contributing in this manner does not guarantee selection for inclusion in The Broadsider in any way.
We invite you to browse, view, and enjoy all the Regular Issue poetry broadsides we've published and posted here on The Broadsider website. In most cases a photo of each poet signing his/her broadside appears alongside each series. Information on each poet can be found by clicking on "About the Poets" at the top of each volume. If you would like to purchase original signed or unsigned copies of any broadside as well as complete sets, please refer to our Pricing.