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“Free Ploughshares” Review: Spring 1999

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Issue: Spring 1999 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by Sarah Nance. Enjoy! When I first moved to Los Angeles a

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Spring 1980

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Issue: Spring 1980 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by C. Wallace Walker. Enjoy! As a child I fell in love

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Fall 2004

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Issue: Fall 2004 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by Julia Brown. Enjoy! In the Fall 2004 fiction issue of Ploughshares,

Winter Books: Anti-Beach Reads, Ski Reads, and Skillbuilders

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There are many different ways to respond to the weather that is bearing down on this part of the world. Alcohol is an old strategy; SAD lamps are a newer one. For our money, nothing beats books. Here is a wintry mix of our literary strategies for getting through

Family Dysfunction: Some Tense Literature for Thanksgiving (Plus a Playlist)

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With the holiday season comes the promise of family: good, bad, and otherwise. Think creepy Uncle Albert who always seems to be brushing up against you, or your sister Sally who has a way of pushing every button to transport you right back to middle school, or dad pickled

The Importance of Community

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Initially, I think, the new writer figures they are committing to an Emily Dickinson life: isolated and lonely, accompanied only by a pen and paper. The life of a writer, however, has to be populated by others. It took me a long time to realize this. After college, I

Free Ploughshares!

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This week in our free Ploughshares contest, we’re featuring our Summer 1980 issue, guest edited by Gail Mazur and featuring an interview with Robert Pinsky, work by James Tate and Marianne Boruch, and a Richard Wilbur essay on Elizabeth Bishop. To win this issue, comment below detailing why you

Free Ploughshares, Featuring Guest Editor Martin Espada

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This week’s free Ploughshares contest features our Spring 2005 issue, guest edited by Martin Espada and featuring work by Melissa Bank, Robert Creeley, Adrienne Rich, and a Pablo Neruda poem translated by Ilan Stavans. In order to win this issue, leave a comment below detailing why you love Martin

Free Ploughshares! Special Poetry Issue

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Free Ploughshares time! For this week, we’re featuring our Spring 1982 special poetry issue, featuring an interview with Robert Bly and poems by Maxine Kumin, Jane Kenyon, Donald Hall, and Sharon Olds. To win this issue, simply comment in the space provided below with a reason why you love

An Interview with former Ploughshares Senior Reader Kate Flaherty

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Until recently, Kate Flaherty was our Senior Reader for fiction. We sat down and talked to her over e-mail about literary magazines, reading slush, and her own work. Ploughshares: Tell us a little about your literary life – what were the first important books for you, when did you