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The Editor’s Shelf: Spring 2014

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 … Continue reading

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Spring 2014 Issue

We are very excited to announce the publication of our Spring 2014 issue, featuring poetry and prose compiled by guest editor Jean Thompson. This issue includes the work of several award-winning writers, including prose by Jennifer Haigh and Kim Chinquee … Continue reading

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Get Real! Or Maybe Don’t Get Real? A Conversation with Lincoln Michel (Part 2)

Recently, on social media, Gigantic magazine editor Lincoln Michel questioned the label of “realism.” I write “realism,” and I’m branching into other genres, so I introduced myself and asked a few more questions. Our conversation, conducted over e-mail, spanned several days, topics, and … Continue reading

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Las Damas: The New Generation of Latina Writers

A student of mine asked the other day if Latinos still wrote. He was dead serious. And by the reddening at the tops of his ears I could tell it was a completely sincere question, a bold one with all … Continue reading

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Ploughshares Events: A Talk with Jean Thompson

We are thrilled to announce that author and Ploughshares Spring 2014 guest editor Jean Thompson will give a talk and reading on April 3. Thompson is the author of the upcoming novel The Humanity Project (Blue Rider Press, 2013), the … Continue reading

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Bill Knott (1940-2014)

Bill Knott, acclaimed poet and friend of Ploughshares, passed away on March 13 at the age of 74. Knott published several poems in Ploughshares through the years and edited the Winter issue in 1987. Originally publishing under the name Saint … Continue reading

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The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Three Small Town Stories” by Dinah Cox

I’ve recently become friends with a new handful of people, and out of this group, one woman in particular. Then, over the last weekend, I got to see some old friends from grad school, and in talking about our lives … Continue reading

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Maxine Kumin (1925-2014)

Maxine Kumin, a longtime friend of Ploughshares, passed away on February 6th at the age of 88. She published first with us in Spring 1974. It was an excerpt from a journal about raising horses and living in the country, … Continue reading

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The Ploughshares Round-Down: Should You Self-Publish Or Not?

A few months ago, I met a self-publishing millionaire. In just eighteen months, she had gone from an underpaid office worker with a laid-off husband to a beloved romantic erotica writer pulling in $50,000 a month.  She was willing to … 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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