Monthly Archive:: March 2011

Colm Toibin Q&A and Reading at Emerson College

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Ploughshares and Emerson College invite you to the Ploughshares Reading Series on Thursday, April 7th featuring Colm Tóibín, guest editor of the Spring 2011 issue of Ploughshares. Chris Castellani (Grub Street, author of A Kiss from Maddalena) will conduct a Q&A with Colm Tóibín at 4 p.m.  Tóibín will

Interview with Valerie Brennan, cover artist for the Colm Toibin Issue

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Valerie Brennan is the artist whose painting appears on the cover of our Spring 2011 issue, guest edited by Colm Toibin.  I (the web/marketing editor here at Ploughshares) asked her a few questions about this particular painting, current inspirations, and her work in general. Ploughshares: First off, is there

Joshua Weiner on his poem “The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish”

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Joshua Weiner’s poem, “The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish,” appears in our Winter 2010-11 issue, edited by Terrance Hayes. The poem opens with these lines: is not a man being swallowed by a fish with eyes like eight-point throwing stars it’s a man being swallowed by

Interview with Cate Marvin Part II

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If you have, at any point this year, had a conversation about the number of women in publishing–the number of female-authored books reviewed in newspapers, say–you’ve had that conversation (likely) because of some numbers which were researched and published by VIDA, an organization devoted to women in literary arts.

Ploughshares named Journal of the Week by the Fiction Writers Review

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We here at Ploughshares are thrilled and honored to be named Journal of the Week by The Fiction Writers Review! To check out the complete article click here.  Among other things, the writer, Michael Rudin, talks about how Ploughshares was founded and the guest editor policy.  An excerpt: For

Ian Stansel on his story, “Dukes and Duchesses of Park Ridge”

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Ian Stansel’s story, “Dukes and Duchesses of Park Ridge,” appears in our Fall 2010 issue, edited by Jim Shephard. The story opens with these lines: We constructed a sign and planted it in the center of town.  Future Site of the First National Bank of the Grand Dychy of

Wherefore and Why the MFA?

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I realize there is no shortage of essays justifying or vilifying the creative writing MFA degree, which some consider the educational equivalent of fool’s gold and the universities that offer this degree little better than diploma mills.  At the college in Chicago where I teach creative writing and literature courses,

Poetry Dialogue: Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

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Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Black Swan (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002) which was a winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and ]Open Interval[ (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and for the L.A. Times Book Award.

Christine Sneed on her story “The Prettiest Girls”

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Christine Sneed’s story, “The Prettiest Girls,” appears in our Winter 2010-11 issue, edited by Terrance Hayes. The story opens with these lines: When I met her, I had the kind of job people always think they want until they try it for a few weeks.  I was working as a

Interview with Cate Marvin Part I

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If you have, at any point this year, had a conversation about the number of women in publishing–the number of female-authored books reviewed in newspapers, say–you’ve had that conversation (likely) because of some numbers which were researched and published by VIDA, an organization devoted to women in literary arts.