The Ploughshares blog has changed a lot since we first launched it in 2009. Back then, it was mostly a clearinghouse for announcements, extended contributors’ notes, and all the other little tidbits that wouldn’t fit elsewhere. Over the years, though, we’ve added more and more original material—and now, while the blog still shares the magazine’s mission and focus on new writing, it also has a distinct identity of its own.
Here you’ll find nearly twenty regular bloggers, covering topics as diverse as book arts, writing exercises, and the best current stories from other lit journals. We also publish regular interviews with members of the literary and publishing communities, Ploughshares Playlists to accompany your favorite books, weekly book reviews, and advice not just for producing better writing but also—hopefully!—for getting it published.
We’re always looking to improve the blog, so if you have comments, ideas, questions, or even complaints, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re also always on the lookout for new bloggers, so if you’re interested in getting involved you can find out how here!
Andrew Ladd, Blog Editor
Andrew Ladd is the blog editor for Ploughshares, and his work also has appeared in Apalachee Review, CICADA, Memoir Journal, Paper Darts, and The Rumpus, among others. His first novel, What Ends, was the winner of the 2012 AWP Prize in the Novel; it will be published in the U.S. in January 2014 by New Issues Press, and in the U.K. in summer 2014 by Oneworld Publications. He grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has since lived in Boston, Montreal, and London; currently he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and cat. Follow him on Twitter @agoodladd.
Miriam Cook, Marketing Assistant
Miriam Cook is the Marketing Assistant for Ploughshares Literary Magazine and an MFA in Fiction candidate at Emerson College. Prior to joining the Ploughshares staff, she earned a BA in English at Whitman College and worked as a Program Coordinator at NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network.
Sydney Hermanson, Marketing Intern
Sydney Hermanson is the Marketing Intern for Ploughshares Literary Magazine. She is pursuing an BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing with a minor in Leadership and Management at Emerson College.