Monthly Archive:: January 2011

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

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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 them.  On the popular NBC sitcom 30 Rock, Tina

Third Spacing-It in Poetry

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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. The fundamental tenet of the book (and this is

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

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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, Jayne Anne Phillips, Edward P. Jones, and Robert Pinsky

Ploughshares Contributors in Best American Poetry

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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 and Bespectacled” and Pollitt’s poem, “Angels,” appear in the

Interview with Joel Brouwer

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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 didn’t wait, it wasn’t like I’d seen his stuff

Pushcart Nominees for 2011

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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 comes out in November. Good luck to all of

NY Times Sunday Book Review features Ploughshares Authors

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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 Family here. We’re proud to say that Toibin is

Terrance Hayes at Ploughshares Parts 3 & 4

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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 of coffee from a nearby coffee shop, ready for

Red Pens and Other Ego-Paring Tools

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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 the new regime of the militantly optimistic, the red

Patterns and Need

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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 of judgments.” He was talking about the qualitative distinctions