Events Archive

Ploughshares is Headed to the Brooklyn Book Festival!

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Ploughshares will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, September 18. Stop by and see us at Booth #527! Several members of the Ploughshares family will also be in attendance, moderating or contributing to panels.

An Angel Choir, Titans of Industry, and a Writers’ Festival: Western New York’s Chautauqua Institution

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When I arrive in early June to teach at the Writer’s Festival, the Chautauqua Institution is a ghost town. The lake laps against the shoreline and the proliferation of white wicker chairs on the historic Athenaeum hotel veranda are mostly empty.

Deep Valley Homecoming and Laurapalooza: Keeping Classic Children’s Literature Alive

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In a ballroom in Mankato, MN one June evening, a murder mystery unfolds called “Betsy and Tacy Go Downton.” Each table is supposed to cast our votes for whodunit: a character from Maud Hart Lovelace’s charming Betsy-Tacy books, which take place at the turn of the twentieth century? Or

Roger Reeves Wins 2014 Zacharis Award

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We are thrilled to announce Roger Reeves as the winner of the twenty-fourth annual John C. Zacharis First Book Award for his poetry collection, King Me (Copper Canyon, 2013). The $1,500 award, named after Emerson College’s former president, honors the best debut book by a Ploughshares writer, alternating annually between poetry and

Guest Editor Conversations: Percival Everett, Fall 2014

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We’re happy to present the first of a new series–interviews with our guest editors, following the publication of their issues. Below is an introduction by Jessica Treadway, Emerson College professor and author of the forthcoming Lacy Eye (Grand Central, 2015), and a conversation between Editor-in-Chief Ladette Randolph and Percival Everett,

Percival Everett to Read at Emerson College

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We are thrilled to announce that author and Ploughshares Fall 2014 guest editor Percival Everett will give a talk and reading at Emerson College on October 9. Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California, is the author of more than twenty books, including Percival

The Fall 2014 Issue is Now Available

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We are very excited to announce that our Fall 2014 issue has officially released today! Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Percival Everett (Erasure, I Am Not Sidney Poitier) guest-edits this all-fiction issue. As Everett writes in his introduction, the stories “range from so-called mimetic to so-called meta. I do not

Announcing Ploughshares’ 2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest Winners

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Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  After receiving thousands of submissions from talented writers, Ploughshares is proud to announce the three winners of the 2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest, chosen by our editors: John Skoyles for poetry, Margot Livesey for

Last Chance to Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest!

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There’s one week left to submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest! The contest will close on May 15, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. One winner in each category—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—will receive $1,000 and publication. We consider you emerging if you have yet to publish or self-publish a book.

The Editor’s Shelf: Spring 2014

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We asked our advisory editors what they’ve been reading this past year and their responses cover a wide expanse of modern literature. Here is what our editors recommend you read in 2014: B. H. Fairchild recommends Curvature of a Fluid Spine by Kenneth P. Gurney: “Self-published books of poetry