Author Archives: Kate Flaherty

About Kate Flaherty

Kate Flaherty is a fiction writer and essayist formed in the great state of New Hampshire (or rather from there), but she doesn’t subscribe to the “Live Free or Die” philosophy if only because it seems a tad extreme. She is co-editor, with Hilda Raz, of The Best of Prairie Schooner: Personal Essays, and her work has appeared in several literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Creative Nonfiction, and Fourth Genre. Currently she is shopping a memoir, What I Didn’t Do, a story of boys, rock bands, and sexual awakening in small-town New Hampshire in the mid-’80s, a place the sexual revolution pretty much missed entirely. Other writing and ranting can be found on her blog at www.kateflaherty.wordpress.com

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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Inside the MacDowell Colony

The MacDowell Colony is one of America’s oldest and most prestigious artists’ retreats, tucked away in the woods of Peterborough, New Hampshire. While its remote campus offers the solitude and freedom that has inspired a vast variety of artists for … Continue reading

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An Interview with Mary Pipher, Author of The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture

The cure for knowing too much is not knowing less, but rather understanding what to do with the information we have. —Mary Pipher, The Green Boat It’s rare I finish a book wanting to shout from the rooftops how great … Continue reading

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Found Poetry 101: The Restaurant Menu

RAVIOLI AI QUATTRO FORMAGGI Tuscan Kitchen: Salem, New Hampshire Delicate pasta pillows stuffed— with hand dipped ricotta burrata, fontina and parmigiano cheeses. Light brown butter pan sauce, shaved black truffles. ($15) In the amount of time it took my waiter … Continue reading

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The Comfort of the Cover Song

We all do “do, re, mi,” but you have got to find the other notes yourself. —Louis Armstrong A teacher hands out tools—pencils or paintbrushes or musical instruments—and immediately begins instructing students in the art of imitation. Children copy letters … Continue reading

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