Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sh*t My Mom Says: Women, Men, and Humor

Ellen, Rosanne, Whoopi, Tina.  They’re women, they tell jokes, and we’re on a first-name basis.  These comedians have imposing brains but often focus on their thighs: they write frequently about their relationship with food, this being one theme that connects … Continue reading

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Third Spacing-It in Poetry

Thanks to a suggestion from a friend, I’ve been reading a lot of Homi K. Bhabha’s work on Postcolonialism and communicative politics. I’m not really built for critical theory, so I started with Bhabha’s best-known text, The Location of Culture. … Continue reading

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Now Accepting Submissions: Ploughshares’ Emerging Fiction Writer’s Contest

Since Ploughshares’ founding 40 years ago, we’ve published more than a few literary stars. What you may not know is that we also have a proud tradition of publishing emerging writers before they made it big. For example, Tim O’Brien, … Continue reading

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Ploughshares Contributors in Best American Poetry

We would like the congratulate past contributors Bridget Lowe (who is also a former guest blogger) and Katha Pollitt whose poems have been selected for The Best American Poetry 2011, edited by David Lehman. Lowe’s poem, “The Pilgrim Is Bridled … Continue reading

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Interview with Joel Brouwer

Like anyone, I have to contend with my own stupidity all the time—forgetting things, ignoring essentials, not listening—but one of my latest and most grossly idiotic moves was waiting until 2010 to read Joel Brouwer. That’s too kind, actually: I … Continue reading

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Pushcart Nominees for 2011

We are proud to announce our nominees for the Pushcart Prize, as seen in the 2010 issues of Ploughshares. If selected, their work will be published in Volume XXXVI of The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses, which … Continue reading

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NY Times Sunday Book Review features Ploughshares Authors

We had a nice little surprise last week when we opened up The New York Times Sunday Book Review: all three of the featured story collection authors are affiliated with Ploughshares! Francine Prose reviewed Colm Toibin’s new collection, The Empty … Continue reading

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Terrance Hayes at Ploughshares Parts 3 & 4

Terrance Hayes graciously visited Ploughshares at Emerson College’s campus on December 2, 2010. At 4:00 pm Kim McLarin conducted a Q&A with Terrance, and then moderated questions from the audience. At 6:00 pm, Terrance returned, freshened up with a jolt … Continue reading

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Red Pens and Other Ego-Paring Tools

In “Dr. Deneau’s Punishment,” one of eleven excellent short stories in Lori Ostlund’s Flannery O’Connor award-winning collection The Bigness of the World, the title character despairs over the current trend in American schools to reward students for their mediocrity.  Under … Continue reading

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Patterns and Need

Our third guest blogger, Adrian Matejka, is a poet whose poem “Eighty-Eight Days in My Veins” appears in our Winter 2010-11 issue edited by Terrance Hayes.  Adrian will post on Fridays through April. Paul Hegarty said, “Noise is a system … Continue reading

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