Round-Up: National Book Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards, Banned Books Weeks, and CURSED CHILD Sales

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From the lifetime achievement awards of the National Book Foundation to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sales, these are last week's biggest literary headlines.

Contemporary Native American Poetry Essentials

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Some of the most interesting work in Contemporary American poetry is being done by American Indian writers. And yet, in the ongoing (and important) conversations about diversity and inclusion in United States literary production—especially in poetry—the work by Native Americans is often left out.

Lying in a Hammock

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Reader, I am having a bad day. I am having a bad day, and I can’t seem to write anything worth your time, and so I have flipped through my books and settled on James Wright’s “Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota.”

Translating China’s Modern History: An Interview with Carlos Rojas

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Where Explosion Chronicles is distinctive, however, lies in its melding of a variety of different literary modes—ranging from mythic and Biblical language, to historical and political discourses, to Yan’s distinctive blend of parody and pathos.

In Both Directions: Elise Juska’s “Transfer Station”

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When I started this series back in July, my plan was to write about a single Ploughshares story in each post, focusing on what each story might teach us about writing fiction. That a pattern in my story choice would emerge was unexpected.

In Bookstores Near You: Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

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Depicting his time as a “patient” in the ex-gay therapy program known as Love in Action (LIA), Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased opens in a way that reminds me, eerily, of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Robert Walser’s True Truths

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To write about Robert Walser when considering the unsung modernists of the 20th century seems both a falsehood and a complete necessity.

The Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Wind on the Moon” by Katie Burgess

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We are a world awash with conspiracy theories, but what resides in the hearts of those behind the actual conspiracies? In her flash fiction piece, “Wind on the Moon,” Katie Burgess explores the internal struggle of a governmental doctor of spin.

Writing Trauma: Notes of Transcendence, #3—Finding Light in Darkness

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Perhaps I’d brought Heart of Darkness to court with me not as reading material but as a talisman, as a symbol of what I believe literature has the power to do.

Night Radio, Collect: Listening to Ray Bradbury

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In the dark, being told stories carries weight. There’s a power there, for some stories, that doesn’t seem to exist during the day. When I was a child, my family would take daytrips in the car and when we drove home it would be night. My mom would turn