Monthly Archives: September 2011

Non-Writing Things that Nevertheless Help Me Write: The Boston Red Sox

When I told a friend my idea for these posts, she said, “That’s great. Post 1: beer. Post 2: scotch.” This rather snarky answer actually reinforced one of my goals for these admittedly egotistical pieces: All writers have their crutches … Continue reading

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Two Ploughshares Events This Weekend

40th Anniversary Celebration with DeWitt Henry Friday, September 30th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Charles Beard Room, Emerson College 80 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor Join us to celebrate forty years of Ploughshares with magazine founding editor DeWitt Henry. The evening … Continue reading

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Rust Fish

Rust Fish Maya Jewell Zeller Lost Horse Press, April 2011 77 pages $15.00 Maya Jewell Zeller’s bio tells us that she was “Born at home in the upstairs apartment of her parents’ gas station on the Oregon coast,” and this … Continue reading

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Free Ploughshares, featuring Yusef Komunyakaa

It’s time for our weekly free Ploughshares contest! This week, we’re featuring our Spring 1997 issue, guest-edited by Yusef Komunyakaa and featuring work by Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, and Martin Espada. Interestingly, it also features a story by Carolyn Ferrell, … Continue reading

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Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow Tayari Jones Algonquin Books, May 2011 $19.95 352 pages This post was written by Margaret LaFleur. Reading Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones’s latest novel, is much like playing a child’s memory card game. The cards are placed face down … Continue reading

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Innovators in Lit #7: Matt Bell

Matt Bell is an editor at Dzanc Books, where his duties include running the literary magazine The Collagist. He’s the author of How They Were Found (2010) and Cataclysm Baby (2012), as well as three chapbooks, Wolf Parts, The Collectors, … Continue reading

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Non-Writing Things That Nevertheless Help Me Write: Music

When I told a friend my idea for these posts, she said, “That’s great. Post 1: beer. Post 2: scotch.” This rather snarky answer actually reinforced one of my goals for these admittedly egotistical pieces: All writers have their crutches … Continue reading

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40th Anniversary Celebrations

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we are having two big events. Denis Leary (whose poetry we published way back when) will be hosting a  fundraiser on November 14th. After cocktails at the newly renovated Paramount Theater, featured guests will be presenting … Continue reading

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Zazen

Zazen Vanessa Veselka Red Lemonade, May 2011 $15.95 257 pages This post was written by Caitlin O’Neil. With the anniversary of the September 11 attacks just a few days past, Zazen isn’t the comforting book you might be seeking. But … Continue reading

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Free Ploughshares: Raymond Carver

It’s once again time for another free Ploughshares contest, and this week we’re featuring our Winter 1983 issue, guest edited by Raymond Carver and featuring work by Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, Jay McInerney, and Tobias Wolff. For anyone unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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