“I Pledge My Death-Wattle to the Cause of Poetry”

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Guest post by Peter B. Hyland One of the finest readings I can remember attending took place a few years ago. It was held at the Museum of Printing History in Houston, a serene little building displaying so many typographical wonders that each time I leave I feel compelled

The Dead Poets Society

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Three for three: James starts today as our final Get Behind the Plough blogger for the Winter 2009-10 issue! What better way to kick back on a Friday afternoon? As always, read. Savor. Leave comments. “The Dead Poets Society” Guest post by James Arthur I sometimes feel self-conscious when

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

The Full Cleveland and the Salon of the Refused

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Today we welcome back Alicia Jo Rabins, our second guest blogger from the Winter 2009-10 Ploughshares. Thanks to all who read and commented on our first Get Behind the Plough with Peter B. Hyland. We encourage you to use this space to ask questions and continue conversations. “The Full

Katherine Smith, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Katherine Smith‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals and reviews, among them Shenandoah, Fiction International, Poetry, The Southern Review, Appalachian Heritage, Atlanta Review, Gargoyle, The Baltimore Review, Poems and Plays, and The Louisville Review. Her first book, Argument by Design, won the Washington Writers’

Death, Abundance, and Table Settings

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Welcome to our inaugural week of Get Behind the Plough! For each issue of Ploughshares, you can read weekly posts from three authors we’ve published: their thoughts about poetry and prose, art and artifice, life and death. Pretty much anything that gets their creative juices going. For the next

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

Alicia Jo Rabins, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Alicia Jo Rabins, Brooklyn-based poet and musician, received her MFA from Warren Wilson. Her poems have appeared in the Boston Review, 6 x 6, and Horse Poems (Knopf). As a musician she tours internationally; her art-pop song cycle about Biblical women, Girls in Trouble, was released in October 2009.

First Video of Tony Hoagland’s Reading at Emerson

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The first footage of Tony Hoagland’s talk on February 12 is here! Thanks to Emerson College for capturing and posting clips from the Q+A. Hoagland opened by sharing the three qualities he enjoys most in poems: Mobility and intensity and probably voice. It’s that quickness, that changing of surface

Nic Pizzolatto, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Nic Pizzolatto‘s fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Oxford American, The Missouri Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and several other publications. He is the author of the story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea (2006), and his first novel, Galveston, will be published by Scribner in May