Our Winter 2015-16 Issue is Now Available!

3D 414 LargeWe are pleased to announce that our staff-edited Winter 2015-16 issue has been released! Each year, two of our three issues are guest-edited by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles, while the Winter issue staff-edited.

The stories, poems, and essays that comprise this staff-edited issue of Ploughshares are diverse and timely. Visit a South African laundromat in Laurie Baker’s short story “Here I Am, Laughing with Boers,” fly over the American midwest in George Bilgere’s poem “Way Above Illinois,” and read about life as a border patrol agent in New Mexico in Francisco Cantú’s essay “Bajadas.” The pieces jump from Manhattan to China to Idaho, but the common thread of humanity is never lost.

Read new prose from Meng Jin, Ryan Ruff Smith, and Joan Murray, and poetry from Matthew Lippman, Natalie Shapero, and more. The winners of our 2015 Emerging Writer’s Contest appear in this issue, along with the announcement of our John C. Zacharis Award winner.

This issue is dedicated to William H. Berman (1936-2015), an advisory board member and Emerson College overseer.

If you would like to read our Winter issue, and you aren’t a subscriber, you can purchase a copy here. It is also available on Kindle and Nook.

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