Monthly Archive:: February 2011

A Reader’s Crush

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Deborah Eisenberg.  Martin Amis.  Steve Almond.  Alice Munro.  Penelope Fitzgerald.  Jim Harrison.  Anne Carson.  W.G. Sebald.  Michael Ondaatje.  John Updike.  These are some of the authors whose books, in recent years, I have all but inhaled, many of them in rapid succession.  As I suspect most book lovers do,

Poetry Dialogue: Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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This week’s post was originally going to be about literary reading etiquette, complete with some suggestions for how to behave as a reader before, during, and after an event. But Gabrielle Calvocoressi read as part of the River Styx at Duffs Reading Series here in St. Louis the other

Rebecca Johns on her story “Perpetua in Glory”

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Rebecca Johns‘ story, “Perpetua in Glory,” appears in our Winter 2010-11 issue, edited by Terrance Hayes. The story opens with these lines: At first, it is a tiny flap of skin no bigger than a fingernail, like a mole or a birthmark but with more substance.  I find it when

Interview with Olena Kalytiak Davis

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I don’t know how much needs to be said or written about Olena Kalytiak Davis: won the 1997 Brittingham Prize, lives in Alaska, post-confessional (blah blah blah), shattered sonnets from Tin House, Best American Poetry selection of “Six Apologies Lord,” etc. She also has some of the best music

Congratulations to our Raffle Winners!

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We are excited to announce the winners of our AWP Raffle.  These lucky individuals stopped by our table and submitted their names and email addresses for a chance to win a free one-year subscription to Ploughshares for themselves and a friend.  The randomly-selected winners are Sasha Khalifeh, Susan Stinson,

Pshares @ AWP 2011 in DC – A Recap in Two Parts (pt. 2)

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About two weeks ago, I wrote part one of a two-part recap about Ploughshares‘ adventures at AWP in Washington, D.C. For those of you waiting in breathless anticipation for part two, I do apologize, and I will now present you with the conclusion of the series. Picking up where

Chris Forhan on “The Big Thing”

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Chris Forhan’s poem, “The Big Thing,” appears in the Winter 2010-11 issue edited by Terrance Hayes.  It opens with these lines: What goat goes roistering through the bracken of my doubt What lantern lures me from the cave I could have withered in? Here, Forhan explains how this poem

Judgment Day: The Literary Competition

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Last winter I was asked to judge two short-story contests, one for my graduate writing program and the other for a local chapter of a national arts organization.  Not surprisingly, I was flattered and a little excited to have been asked to serve as judge.  What a novelty to

Jump Shots and Stand-Up Vampires

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The day after I played the best game of my middle school basketball career, I read an article explaining the physics of the jump shot. According to the author, there is only a two-ounce difference in pressure between a shot that hits the front of the rim and one

Sherrie Flick reads “The Lake”

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Sherrie Flick‘s story, “The Lake,” appears in the Winter 2010-11 issue edited by Terrance Hayes.  Read the opening lines below, and then watch/listen to the author read her story. The smell of scattered mothballs as the cottage doors rattled open year after faithful year. There was the sweet rot