Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Revenge Society

A few weeks ago, I was furious at someone on a level normally reserved for politics. For about three days I didn’t know how to defuse my anger; I just complained and ranted to any poor person who came within … Continue reading

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Apps for Poets!

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Episodia 1.11: Character Differentiation

During the first creative writing class I ever taught, a student approached me with a particular challenge. She had a wonderful premise for a novel that revolved around a pack of women who worked in a 1970s factory in the … Continue reading

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Ploughshares Fantasy Blog Draft Finals: The Holden Caulbabies vs What the Chuckin’ Buk?!

It’s been a long, tortuous path from the inception of the Fantasy Blog competition to the finals, full of upsets and surprises—but here we are, left with two teams standing after the semifinals three weeks ago which brought surprises of … Continue reading

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Roundup: Back to School

In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines and websites, centered on a certain theme to help … Continue reading

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Unfiltered Access: An Interview with the Editors of Barrelhouse

The folks over at Barrelhouse are keeping busy. There’s the journal, of course, but now they’re also in the book business, the podcast business, and the literary event business. Just over a month away from the annual Conversations and Connections … Continue reading

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New Ploughshares Solo: The Genie at Low Tide by Paul Byall

We’re excited to announce the publication of a new Ploughshares Solo: “The Genie at Low Tide” by Paul Byall. The Ploughshares Solos series allows us to publish long essays and stories in a digital-first format. Recent Ploughshares Solos include “A Warm … Continue reading

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What Netflix Taught Me About Character Development

I didn’t teach this summer so I was able to catch up on my cultural literacy—reading books and also binge-watching TV. Netflix is my dealer of choice, delivering whole seasons of House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and … Continue reading

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Writers and Their Pets: Gretchen Henderson

The ‘Writers and Their Pets’ series began with my own desire to celebrate my dog Sally, and over the coming months I will also invite other writers to share with the rest of us the details of their lives with beloved pets. Today, … Continue reading

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The Books We Teach #6: Interview with Matthew Salesses

The Books We Teach series will feature primary, secondary, and post-secondary educators and their thoughts about literature in the face of an evolving classroom. Posts will highlight literary innovations in teaching, contemporary literature’s place in pedagogy, and the books that … Continue reading

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