Monthly Archive:: November 2010

Greg Schutz on Multiple Points of View

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Greg Schutz‘s story “Joyriders” appears in our Fall 2010 issue edited by Jim Shepard. It opens: Because nights on the third shift seem to stretch longer than they should, and because sleeping through the day has been giving him nightmares, Jimmy Barnes buys coffee at the truck stop on

Q&A: Literary Agent Julie Barer

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Guest post by Megan Mayhew Bergman Q: I used to think agents were really scary, city-savvy people only concerned with the bottom line. However, the more agents I’ve met, the more I realize how many of them truly love literature and care about the authors they represent. Basics first:

Thank You, Mr. Venturini

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Guest post by Greg Schutz Thanksgiving is almost upon us. For me, this means a welcome weeklong vacation from teaching: a chance to dig into that stack of student essays awaiting grades; a chance to sort and stow or recycle the countless handouts, worksheets, rough drafts, lesson plans, and

Why Must I Write?

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Guest post by Fan Wu In 2004, I attended the Key West Literary Seminar–my first literary event–where I met Sandra Cisneros, a keynote speaker. Though I had just begun to write and was unpublished, she was encouraging and generous with her advice and wisdom. Later that year, after reading

Terrance Hayes awarded 2010 National Book Award for Poetry!

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We are proud to announce that Terrance Hayes is the winner of the 2010 National Book Award for his poetry collection Lighthead. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say in their starred review of Lighthead: The deservedly acclaimed Hayes returns in his fourth book with the kinds of sly,

Terrance Hayes at Emerson College, December 2

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We at Ploughshares are pleased to announce that Terrance Hayes, poet and guest editor of our upcoming Winter 2010 issue, will join us at The Paramount Center on December 2 for a reading and Q+A session. The Q+A will begin at 4 pm in the Bright Family Screening Room,

Thanking Our Departing Blog Editor

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Upon his departure for Western Michigan University, where he serves as faculty advisor to Third Coast, all of us at Ploughshares would like to thank Jay Baron Nicorvo for his tireless efforts as editor of our blog over the past year. He was key in developing the feel of

Writing in a “Phrensy”

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Guest post by Greg Schutz In Book II of his De Oratore, Cicero stages a dialogue between Marcus Antonius, Caius Julius Caesar, and several other figures, one of whose subjects is the evocation of emotion in the audience and the consequences of emotional speechmaking on the orator. According to

New Videos of Tony Hoagland Reading

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We at Ploughshares are proud to present two new videos from a reading by Tony Hoagland, guest editor of our Winter 2009-10 issue. Click the links to first watch Tony Hoagland read “Demolition” and “Dialectical Materialism” and then “Hard Rain” and “Jason the Real.”

The Great Indoors

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Guest post by Greg Schutz I read my friend Sara Schaff’s story “Our Lady of Guazá” in the latest issue of Inkwell with rapt attention, to say the least. This is not simply because the story, about the relationship between two half-sisters in Bogotá in the wake of their