Editor-in-Chief Ladette Randolph Reads in Boston

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ladette-randolph.jpgOur 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 event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Enormous Room in Cambridge, at 567 Massachusetts Avenue.

She will be joined by Ethan Gilsdorf (Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks), Tara L. Masih (The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction), and Jeff Talarigo (The Pearl Diver). Elizabeth Searle will host.

Thursday, April 1

Ladette takes part in the WLP Reading Series at 6 p.m. in the Kevin Bright Screening Room at the Paramount Center in Boston, at 555 Washington Street. She will be joined by Gail Mazur (Zeppo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems).

Outside of Ploughshares, Ladette is on the faculty of Emerson College. She has edited two anthologies, The Big Empty and A Different Plain, and worked as an editor for University of Nebraska Press and Prairie Schooner magazine. She has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, three Nebraska Book Awards, a Rona Jaffe grant, a Virginia Faulkner award, and has been reprinted in Best New American Voices.

Publishers Weekly praised her novel, A Sandhills Ballad (published by University of New Mexico Press), as “an immersing achievement” that “should please any fan of good fiction, not just the horses-and-heartthrobs set.” Her Nebraska Book Award-winning short story collection, This Is Not the Tropics, earned rave reviews as well:

In this collection, Randolph’s stories are set in small towns in Nebraska and brim with timeless truths about love, insecurity, and the glue that holds relationships together…Most stories have an obvious main theme and a subtle underlying one, providing an unexpected twist with surprising depth… From the wife who discovers her husband has a gay lover to the accordion player in a polka band, Randolph gets each and every character just right.

In an 2008 interview with The Boston Phoenix, she described how Nebraskan regionalism creeps into her writing: “Straightforwardness, there’s a dark humor, a little bit of contrariness, skepticism… The ethos here is a maverick ethos.”

We’re looking forward to hearing that Midwestern charm. Please come and support Ladette Randolph; we’ll remind Ploughshares fans as the dates draw nearer!