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Elizabeth Strout, the Subconscious Writer

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Several times during her question-and-answer session at Emerson College on April 15, Elizabeth Strout admitted to making things up. No one would begrudge a fiction writer of doing that–fabrication is part of her job. But Strout “just knew” when her latest book Olive Kitteridge was ready. “Which isn’t very

Ten Quick Questions with… Elizabeth Strout

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Elizabeth Strout’s had quite a year. Her third work of fiction, Olive Kitteridge, still sits on the paperback bestseller list. Last April, she earned the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This Thursday, she headlines the Ploughshares Reading Series, where she will read one of Olive’s stories (“I often make that

“We’re all shoving more and more Twinkies in our mouths.”

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Ploughshares is off to the AWP conference in Denver this week! But to keep excitement high for guest editor Elizabeth Strout’s visit to Emerson next Thursday, here are two fun interviews pulled from YouTube. In the first, Strout talks about how freeing she found writing at a young age.

Sneak Preview of our Spring 2010 Issue

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Readers and writers need to know what’s happening–Where are the new poets, how are the established poets, what is fiction really up to these days? It is the chance at variety that remains essential. —Elizabeth Strout on guest editing Ploughshares True to her word, Strout assembled a “variety” of

Extreme Isolation

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Guest post by James Arthur Several years ago, I had a brief, obsessive relationship with Winged Migration, a 98-minute documentary about birds, and I went to see it three times in theaters around Seattle. To my outrage, every time I saw the movie, there were people in the audience

Tim O’Brien: A Classic Looks at Twenty

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First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in plastic at the bottom of his rucksack. In the late afternoon, after a

The Luck of the Irish: Colm Toibin on our Minds

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In honor of this great St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to pay tribute to Colm Tóibín, signed to guest edit the Spring 2011 Ploughshares. Tóibín’s sixth novel Brooklyn has made a huge splash since publication in May 2009. Let’s check off the accolades: longlisted for the 2009 Booker Prize;

Editor-in-Chief Ladette Randolph Reads in Boston

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Our spring schedule is jam-packed with readings, from Tony Hoagland to Elizabeth Strout. Now we want to alert you to two upcoming evenings with our wonderful editor-in-chief, Ladette Randolph. Monday, March 22 Ladette joins the Four Stories Series for “The Places We Go: Tales of Voyage and Discovery.” This

I Love the ’80s! Ploughshares Guest Editors Past

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We asked fans of our journal (on Facebook and Twitter) who they thought would make great guest editors of the future. Among the many great answers, we stumbled across a few names who have already made great contributions to Ploughshares. This got us thinking about the many names you’ll

Pushcart Prize Nominees for 2011

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We just read the list of our contributors nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Official winners are announced in May. If selected, their work will be published in Volume XXXV of The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses, which comes out in November. Seems like a fair time