Monthly Archive:: December 2012

On Writing “A Hologram State of Mind” by Maria Terrone

Author: | Categories: Contributors' Notes No comments
Maria Terrone’s poem “A Hologram State of Mind” appears in our Winter 2012/13 issue, edited by Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles. As a poet and citizen of the 21st century, I have an ambivalent relationship with technology. Long resistant to getting a “smartphone”—sensing imminent addiction—I eventually succumbed, and my

On Writing “What the Desert Said” by Kimberly Meyer

Author: | Categories: Contributors' Notes No comments
Over the quiet Christmas week, a few of the contributors to our Fall 2012 issue, guest edited by Patricia Hempl, will look back and reflect on their work in the magazine. Today, Kimberly Meyer discusses her essay “What the Desert Said.” —Andrew Ladd, Blog Editor “What the Desert Said”

Our Gift to You: Free Ploughshares Solo

Author: | Categories: Ploughshares Solos No comments
Happy (almost) New Year!  2012 was a great year for Ploughshares.  We published three issues edited by Nick Flynn, Patricia Hampl, and our very own Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles.  In addition, we kept busy with blog posts by guest bloggers and debuted our Ploughshares Solos series. Read more

On Writing “Evil Tongue,” by Dani Shapiro

Author: | Categories: Contributors' Notes No comments
Over the quiet Christmas week, a few of the contributors to our Fall 2012 issue, guest edited by Patricia Hampl, will look back and reflect on their work in the magazine. Today, Dani Shapiro discusses her essay “Evil Tongue.” —Andrew Ladd, Blog Editor A number of years ago, I received an

Happy Holidays!

Author: | Categories: Events No comments
Happy holidays, readers! No matter what you’re celebrating, or already celebrated, we hope that you are all safe, warm, and happy. We wish you good times with family and friends, many hours of idle reading, and not-so-idle writing, and a fabulous new year. We’ll be out of the office

Town of Shadows

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews No comments
Town of Shadows Lindsay Stern Scrambler Books, 2012 96 pages $12 What: a debut prose-poem novella Who: the eponymous town of shadows And: its cast of shadowy characters, including a rug doctor, a lepidopterist, bureaucrats, a bodiless mayor speaking from a gramophone that sputters ash, a child with an

2012: Year in Review

Author: | Categories: Events No comments
It’s been a big year for us here at Ploughshares. Sure, it wasn’t our 40th anniversary like 2011 was, but we’re doing more than ever before. Putting the issue together is actually a very small part of what goes on in our office on a daily basis. I won’t get

Round-Up: Holiday Nostalgia

Author: | Categories: Events, Round-Up No comments
Part of the sharing that comes with the holiday season is that beautiful and funny thing nostalgia. Think back to when your were just a kid, back to when the holiday season was more than consumer sales and bustling about the kitchen with a turkey baster in one hand.

Literary Boroughs #34: Lexington, KY

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 5 Comments
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

Literary Boroughs #33: Laramie, WY

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
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