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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

Free Ploughshares, featuring Yusef Komunyakaa

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It’s time for our weekly free Ploughshares contest! This week, we’re featuring our Spring 1997 issue, guest-edited by Yusef Komunyakaa and featuring work by Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, and Martin Espada. Interestingly, it also features a story by Carolyn Ferrell, whose short story collection Don’t Erase Me was accidentally

Free Ploughshares: Raymond Carver

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It’s once again time for another free Ploughshares contest, and this week we’re featuring our Winter 1983 issue, guest edited by Raymond Carver and featuring work by Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, Jay McInerney, and Tobias Wolff.   For anyone unfamiliar with the contest, the rules are simple: comment in

Free Ploughshares, featuring guest editor Seamus Heaney

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It’s time for our weekly free Ploughshares contest, and this time we are featuring Seamus Heaney again, and the first issue that he guest edited: our Spring 1980 issue. It also features work by Ted Hughes and Paul Muldoon.   UPDATE: I’ve made my selection, and so this posting

Free Ploughshares: Works-in-Progress

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Free Ploughshares, round…well, I lost count, but once again it’s your opportunity to win a free issue from our archives! This week we’re featuring our Spring 1991 issue, guest edited by M. L. Rosenthal and examining the idea of “works-in-progress.”   Because of this issue’s theme, we’re doing things

Free Ploughshares! Featuring Guest Editor Philip Levine

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Here at Ploughshares, we’ve been lucky enough that the new Poet Laureate of the United States Philip Levine has guest edited our magazine not once, but two times in our forty year history. Today we’re featuring the first issue, published in Winter 1988 and filled with contributions from writers

Looking Back: A Year Ago on the Ploughshares Blog

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On this week a year ago, Megan Mayhew Bergman was rereading the work of Donald Hall in her post “Learning the Taste of Stone” while Fan Wu looked at the ever-pertinent issue of e-books versus physical texts. The debate still goes on, but if you have an e-reader, why

Curating Wonder: Reader Review #4

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Today’s reader review comes from Daniel DiStefano, who looks at our Charles Baxter issue through the prism of lost youth, adolescent fantasies, and the thought process behind mixtapes.   Ploughshares Fall 1999, guest edited by Charles Baxter. Featuring work by Jill Bossert, Antonya Nelson, and Michael Byers. 233 pages,

Free Ploughshares: Jorie Graham

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Once again, it is that time of the week in which we offer a free issue of Ploughshares from our archives. This week, it’s our Winter 2001 – 2002 issue, guest edited by Jorie Graham and featuring a gamut of contributors (the full list of which can be found

The International Issue

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Today’s reader review comes from one of our interns, Rhian Sasseen, who looks back on our Winter 1985 issue, guest edited by Stratis Haviaras with a focus on international writing. Ploughshares Winter 1985, guest edited by Stratis Haviaras. Featuring work by Italo Calvino, Raymond Carver, and Anna Akhmatova. 268