Monthly Archive:: August 2011

Innovators in Lit: featherproof books

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featherproof books is an indie press founded by Zach Dodson and Jonathan Messinger. They are based in Chicago, and their serious literary chops—recent titles include Patrick Somerville’s The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, Lindsay Hunter’s Daddy’s, Christian TeBordo’s The Awful Possibilities, Blake Butler’s Scorch Atlas, and Amelia Gray’s AM/PM—and

Free Ploughshares! Featuring Guest Editor Philip Levine

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Here at Ploughshares, we’ve been lucky enough that the new Poet Laureate of the United States Philip Levine has guest edited our magazine not once, but two times in our forty year history. Today we’re featuring the first issue, published in Winter 1988 and filled with contributions from writers

Looking Back: A Year Ago on the Ploughshares Blog

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On this week a year ago, Megan Mayhew Bergman was rereading the work of Donald Hall in her post “Learning the Taste of Stone” while Fan Wu looked at the ever-pertinent issue of e-books versus physical texts. The debate still goes on, but if you have an e-reader, why

As Though She Were Sleeping

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As Though She Were Sleeping Elias Khoury (translated by Humphrey Davies) MacLehose Press, May 2011 368 pages $23.83 This post was written by M. Lynx Qualey. Translator Humphrey Davies has called Elias Khoury’s 2007 novel, As Though She Were Sleeping, “one of the least linear books ever put down

Curating Wonder: Reader Review #4

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Today’s reader review comes from Daniel DiStefano, who looks at our Charles Baxter issue through the prism of lost youth, adolescent fantasies, and the thought process behind mixtapes. Ploughshares Fall 1999, guest edited by Charles Baxter. Featuring work by Jill Bossert, Antonya Nelson, and Michael Byers. 233 pages, $10.95.

My Anthology: “Walking Out” By David Quammen

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Sometimes I daydream about putting together an anthology of my favorite short stories, kind of like a mix tape. Over the course of my blogging duties, I’m going to discuss a few of the stories that—from my experience—aren’t as familiar to readers. My Anthology: “Walking Out” By David Quammen

We The Animals

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We the Animals Justin Torres Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 125 pages $18.00 In We the Animals, Justin Torres demonstrates how crafting one tactile sentence after another can transform even the most ugly imaginations, experiences, and memories into a work beautiful to behold. In this debut semi-autobiographical novel, Torres asserts himself

Innovators in Lit #2: Vouched Books

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Our second “innovators in literature” brings us into the world of Vouched Books, an organization devoted to promoting small press literature. I deeply admire founder Christopher Newgent’s proactive, passionate approach to spreading the word about books, the way he talks about the possibility of “setting up on the main

Free Ploughshares: Jorie Graham

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Once again, it is that time of the week in which we offer a free issue of Ploughshares from our archives. This week, it’s our Winter 2001 – 2002 issue, guest edited by Jorie Graham and featuring a gamut of contributors (the full list of which can be found


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Anima José Kozer (translated by Peter Boyle) Shearsman Books, February 2011 268 pages $20.00 José Kozer, one of the foremost Cuban poets of his generation, was born in Havana in 1940 to Jewish immigrants from Poland, and moved to the U.S. in 1960; Peter Boyle, his translator, is an