Author Archives: Daniel Morales

About Daniel Morales

Daniel Morales is enrolled in the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. He received a BA in East Asian Studies from Harvard College before moving to Japan to teach English and work at a translation company. His writing has been published in The Threepenny Review, The Japan Times, the web journal Neojaponisme, and elsewhere. He blogs about Japanese at How to Japanese (http://howtojapanese.com) and about Kickstarter at Kick What? (http://kickwhat.wordpress.com).

MFAs Do It Best: Your Graduate Degree in the Workforce

When I graduated with my MFA this past May, I got a decent-paying job and the hell away from academia. I’d taught for four semesters and knew I didn’t want to do it anymore. I also knew that I had to … Continue reading

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The Ploughshares Fantasy Blog Champion

We have a winner for the first ever Ploughshares Fantasy Blog competition! After a three-week slog that saw The Holden Caulbabies and What the Chuckin’ Buk?! tied after two weeks, the winner, by the slim margin of two votes, is … 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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Ploughshares Fantasy Blog Draft Round 2 – Vonnegut to the Chopper! vs What the Chuckin’ Buk?!

Voting this past week was a return to the pitched ferocity of the first round, as both Benjamin Samuel’s The Mighty Duck Palahniuks (Electric Literature) and Michael Nye’s The Holden Caulbabies (Missouri Review) brought out voters in force. The two … Continue reading

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Ploughshares Fantasy Blog Draft Round 2 – The Mighty Duck Palahniuks vs The Holden Caulbabies

After a fevered start to the competition, with spirited fights from each side, the competition slowed this last week as Buckle Your Corn Belts and Vonnegut to the Chopper! tortoised their way through the match-up. The teams ended at a … Continue reading

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Ploughshares Fantasy Blog Draft Round 1 – Buckle Your Corn Belts vs Vonnegut to the Chopper!

Round 1 of the Ploughshares Fantasy Blog Draft continues! Last week The Mighty Duck Palahniuks sprinted out to a quick 33-5 lead against Leave it to Cheever only to let off the gas midway through the week and only barely … Continue reading

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Ploughshares Fantasy Blog Draft Round 1 – Leave it to Cheever vs The Mighty Duck Palahniuks

Editor: Robert Silvers Fiction Writer: Donald Barthelme Philosopher: Iris Murdoch Nonfiction Writer: Marguerite Young Poet: Paul Carroll Ghostwriter: Emmanuel Bove Editor: George Plimpton Fiction Writer: Kurt Vonnegut Events Coverage: Emily Dickinson Nonfiction Writer: Werner Herzog Poet: Melissa Broder Health and … Continue reading

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Fantasy Blog Draft Hype Week!

Over the past three and a half months we’ve introduced the first ever Ploughshares Fantasy Blog teams and analyzed their selections in the draft—and now it’s time to test the team-building skills of our Fantasy Blog Managers in brutal competition… … Continue reading

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Fantasy Blog Draft – Round 6 – Final Wildcard Picks!

March Madness has come and gone, as have the NFL draft, the NBA draft lottery, most of the NBA and NHL playoffs, and the start of the MLB season—but the Fantasy Blog Draft competition is only just getting started. Literature … Continue reading

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Fantasy Blog Draft – Round 5 – Poets

We enter the final genre round of the Ploughshares Fantasy Blog Draft with the oldest of the genres, the most inscrutable, the one with the most wild things and the tallest hats. The genre where the sidewalk ends with water … Continue reading

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