Author Archives: Kate Flaherty

About Kate Flaherty

Kate Flaherty is a writer and teacher based in New England. Her stories and essays primarily revolve around awkwardness, angst, and the pursuit of the perfect playlist. Work has appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Other writing and ranting can be found on her blog at www.kateflaherty.wordpress.com

Indy Spotlight: Engine Books

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Engine Books specializes in fiction—novels, novellas, and short-story collections—and the press is also home to the annual Engine Books Novel Prize. Engine Books was founded by publisher and editor Victoria Barrett in 2011, and both she … Continue reading

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Indy Spotlight: Paris Press

During the war, we felt the silence in the policy of the governments of English-speaking countries. That policy was to win the war first, and work out the meanings afterward. The result was, of course, that the meanings were lost. … Continue reading

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Indy Spotlight: Caketrain Press

Founded little more than ten years ago in Pittsburgh by Donna Weaver, Amanda Raczkowski, and Joseph Reed, Caketrain Press (still run by editors Raczkowski and Reed) publishes a journal and sponsors a yearly chapbook competition that alternates between poetry and … Continue reading

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Indy Spotlight: Rose Metal Press

When Rose Metal Press entered the book scene in 2006, they quickly established themselves as a go-to publisher for experimental flash and micro work. The range of their list is impressive, from Jim Goar’s Louisiana Purchase, a poetry collection giving … Continue reading

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Indy Spotlight: Red Hen Press

In the past twenty years, Red Hen Press has evolved from a small collective formed by L.A.-based writers to a press with international presence, publishing around 20 titles per year. Red Hen also houses the literary magazine Los Angeles Review, … Continue reading

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Seven Strange But True Tales about Timothy Schaffert’s The Swan Gondola

Timothy Schaffert’s latest novel, The Swan Gondola, is a rollicking adventure set during the Omaha World’s Fair of 1898, and starring a romantic and rapscallion cast of vaudevillians, actresses, snake oil salesman, and all around ne’er-do-wells. Inspired in part by The Wizard … Continue reading

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Six New Tricks Your Dog Can Teach You About Writing

Fans of the Ploughshares “Writers and Their Pets” series have probably noticed the majority of those blogs are about writers and their dogs. In my view this is because dogs are the best writing companions. For one thing, they never … Continue reading

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Books Good for Giving

Like most voracious readers, I have to be frugal with my purchases—so while most of the books I buy as gifts are new, most of the books I buy for myself are used. I enjoy the idea that these books … Continue reading

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The Life and Poetry of Ted Kooser

“I farm a little plot of things to say, with not much frontage on the busy road.” —Ted Kooser journal entry, December 7, 1972 quoted in The Life and Poetry of Ted Kooser by Mary K. Stillwell A lot’s happened … Continue reading

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Snack Time with Sherrie Flick

When writer Sherrie Flick coordinated events at the immensely popular Gist Street Reading Series in Pittsburgh, one thing was certain, beyond the high caliber of the visiting writers and the fact the space would be packed: there would be fabulous … Continue reading

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