Interested in exploring the history of Ploughshares but don’t know where to begin? Delve into our private bookshelf with our new back issue packages.
For less than the cost of one year’s subscription, enjoy packages of three to six issues grouped by genre, theme, or writer. We’re currently offering specials for Charles Simic, Yusef Komunyakaa, James Tate, and Martin Espada, as well as:
Fiction Fill Up Package: A look at the short story through the eyes of editors like Richard Ford and Tim O’Brien. Includes stories by Gary Soto, Gordon Lish, Richard Bausch, and Ann Beattie.
Poetry Package: For the poetically minded, try four issues guest edited by Bill Knott, Derek Walcott, Charles Simic, and Gail Mazur. Includes poets like Mark Strand, James Tate, Sharon Olds, Seamus Heaney, and Robert Pinsky.
Nonfiction Package: The truth of the world is exposed and explored in this series with work by Sam Cornish, James Merrill, James Welch, Alberto Alvaro Rios, and the first all-nonfiction issue in our history, guest edited by Kathryn Harrison.
Conversations with Poets: If you’re interested in the minds of poets like Frank Bidart, Allen Grossman, and Michael S. Harper, try this group for interviews conducted by Mark Halliday and James Randall.
The Crossroads Collection: Taking its name from the Spring 1997 issue edited by Yuseph Komunyakaa, this group includes tales of tribes, family, and the impulse to belong. Includes writers like Martin Espada, Mark Doty, Sherman Alexie, Ron Carlson, and Joyce Carol Oates.
“Traces of Struggle and Desire“: Taking its name from the Winter 1991-92 issue edited by Carolyn Forche, this group spotlights writers “with passions and beliefs,” including Tony Hoagland, Charles Simic, James Tate, Gish Jen, Peter Jay Shippy, and Kevin Young.