Happy Fall! The staff of Ploughshares has been busy frolicking in the beautiful autumnal weather, and collecting new staff members the way the Pied Piper collects children (but with 100% less missing children/interns).
Since we have a permanent office staff of about 2.5, we get a lot of newbies on a regular basis. As has become tradition, we’d like to introduce you to those new faces, and boast about the accomplishments of our continuing staff.
Here’s a quick recap of the upcoming post, to whet your appetite.
5: Staff members who live with cats
4: Staff members whose names begin with A
3: Staff members with recent book deals
2: Staff members who got/will soon get married
1: Staff members who grew a beard
Without further ado:
Abby Travis, Editorial Assistant: “I’m in my third year in Emerson’s MFA program, and I wouldn’t trade my time here and at Ploughshares for anything! I’m still working away at my thesis (on horse training and the pathology of miscommunication?) and other tangential projects, like studying lyric essays and researching early animal rights movements in the U.S. (many of which at first focused on the mistreatment of workhorses). I’m one of the curators of the Breakwater Reading Series, and I’m also co-teaching a hybrid genre creative writing class through emersonWRITES, a free program for Boston Public High School students, where we teach courses in creative writing to help students develop skills easily transferable to other forms of academic and intellectual writing and to give them a sense of what the college classroom is like. So it’s a busy time, but all of this work is incredibly rewarding! And, a small part of my life was made complete when Trish Hampl came to Emerson. I’ve admired her for a long time, and now she knows it. (See below, with me grinning like a fool.)”
Abby at Patricia Hampl’s reading, ecstatic to be in the presence of her hero.
Akshay Ahuja, Production Manager: “Well, I grew a beard, which it turns out is full of white hairs. As for my writing—just as musicians say that they are big in Japan, I can now say that I am of some modest size in England. My essays/reviews have been published by a British environmental group called Dark Mountain, and an interview that I did is available in their latest print anthology. One of the essays I wrote for them was republished by a magazine in India, where my parents live (they brought me a copy).
Finally, I am going to be helping to edit an unpublished manuscript by John Holt, one of my all-time favorite writers. I have been pushing his books on people in the office [Ed. note: Yes. He has.], and now I can push them on you, mysterious Internet audience! Anyone interested in education should pick up How Children Fail and Freedom and Beyond, and anyone who plays an instrument or has ever felt the urge to learn one should look up Never Too Late. I think he’s one of the most lucid and compassionate writers that America has ever produced.”Continue Reading