Monthly Archive:: July 2012

First Pshares Single Published! Longer stories available in eBook formats

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Over the years, Ploughshares has sometimes received longer submissions that were difficult to publish due to space considerations in the print issue. Pshares Singles is an eBook series for these lengthier stories and essays, selected by our editors. A new Single will be published every month, available for download on your Kindle or

Hearing Voices: Women Versing Life presents Natalie Diaz & When My Brother Was an Aztec

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I happened to read Natalie Diaz’s book When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) on July Fourth, and it was a surreal experience. I live on small lake in Massachusetts, and as the neighbors blasted the sky with exploding light I wondered about the Wampanoags who

Former Ploughshares editor Don Lee reading at Harvard Bookstore

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On July 24th, 2012, Don Lee read from his new novel, The Collective, at Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, MA in an event co-sponsored by Ploughshares. Lee was the editor of Ploughshares for 19 years! Rachel Cass, Marketing Manager Harvard Bookstore, introduced Lee. Here’s the gist, from his website: Don Lee

Literary Boroughs #10: Asheville, North Carolina

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The Literary Boroughs series will explore little-known and well-known literary communities across the country and world and show that while literary culture can exist online without regard to geographic location, it also continues to thrive locally. Posts are by no means exhaustive and we encourage our readers to contribute in the comment section. The

John Ashbery

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I came early in the evening to lower Manhattan, more than an hour before the showcase reading that night at Poets House. I came to browse the showcase shelves and to meet a friend and share a bit of supper near the Hudson. I came early to see familiar

Blurbese: “quiet”

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I’m not usually one to pick on my own, but for illustrative purposes only there’s a line to which I’d like to draw your attention from Anne Gray Fischer’s most recent “Women In Trouble” column: The stakes are perhaps too low in this quiet novel for it to qualify

Andrew Ladd wins AWP Novel Award: A Q & A with one of our own

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Ploughshares is thrilled to announce that the winner of the AWP Award for the novel is none other than our beloved book reviews editor, Andrew Ladd. The award is part of the AWP Award Series, an annual competition for new, outstanding book-length work in the genres of the novel,

Goddard College: Talking with Writers about Teaching (Part 2)

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My friends and colleagues Darcey Steinke and Douglas A. Martin and I all got together one afternoon during a break from the Goddard College MFA low-residency program where we all teach to talk about the MFA degree in general, what we feel is different about Goddard and  how teaching one-on-one informs us as writers and

Pshares Singles Launches in just ONE week with “Lady of the Burlesque Ballet”

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Timothy Schaffert‘s “Lady of the Burlesque Ballet,” our very FIRST Pshares Single, will be available just one week from today! You can get your very own digital copy for just $1.99 on the Kindle or Nook. Teaser: In a topsy-turvy ragtime era of side-shows and bamboozlers, Irish Maupin goes

Hearing Voices: Women Versing Life presents Qiu Jin

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What fascinates me most about Qiu Jin is the near absence of her work in America, especially considering our love of a rebel and a martyr.  Sure, if you Google her name, several sites will offer a version of the same information: Qiu Jin lived from 1875 to 1907.