Sharona Ben-Tov Muir, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Sharona Ben-Tov Muir‘s most recent book is The Book of Telling: Tracing the Secrets of My Father’s Lives, from Random House. She has received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Hodder Fellowship, and other awards. Her work has appeared in Stand, The Paris Review, Partisan Review, etc.

Rent a (Ploughshares) Author with 826 Boston

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Donald Hall (a two-time Ploughshares guest-editor) and Jim Shepard (who is in the process of guest-editing the upcoming Fall 2010 issue) are up for rent! 826 Boston, a non-profit tutoring and writing center for students ages 6-18, is renting nationally-acclaimed authors for a private evening with book clubs or

Two Ways of Sailing with Words, by Alicia Jo Rabins

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As both a poet and a songwriter, I’m constantly journeying between two distinct ways of making art out of words. Working simultaneously in multiple disciplines has its challenges, but for me, poetry and songwriting are inextricably linked, and they feed each other. I work on poems backstage, and write

Two Ploughshares Poems Now Available Online

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Two poems originally published in Ploughshares are now available online. Tim Nolan‘s “At The Coral Concert” was originally published¬†in the Winter 2007-2008 issue and was chosen to be in Ted Kooser’s column American Life in Poetry last month.¬†Elizabeth Scanlon‘s poem “Disgust” appears at Poetry Daily and was originally published

Rebecca Makkai, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Rebecca Makkai‘s fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, in journals including New England Review and Threepenny Review, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She lives near Chicago with her husband and daughter. Makkai’s story, “Painted Ocean, Painted Ship,” was published in

Mark Halliday, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Mark Halliday teaches at Ohio University. His fifth book of poems, Keep This Forever, was published in 2008 by Tupelo Press. Halliday’s poems, “South Street, October,” “No Vacation for Maigret,” and “A Gender Theory,” were published in the Winter 2009-10 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Tony Hoagland. View the

Henry Hart, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Henry Hart‘s most recent poetry book is Background Radiation (Salt, 2007). He has also published critical studies of Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell, and Geoffrey Hill. His biography, James Dickey: The World as a Lie (Picador 2000), was a runner-up for a Southern Book Critics’ Circle Award. Hart’s poem, “Riding

Donald Hall reads at the University of Virginia

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Watch Ploughshares Advisory Editor and former United States Poet Laureate Donald Hall read his poetry at the University of Virginia.

Peter B. Hyland, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Peter B. Hyland is the author of the chapbook, Elegy to the Idea of a Child. His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, New England Review, New South, and elsewhere. He is the development director at Inprint, a nonprofit literary arts organization in Houston. Hyland’s poem, “Lake Charles,”

John Hodgen, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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John Hodgen won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry for Grace (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006) and is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. His next book of poems is forthcoming in the fall of 2010, also from Pittsburgh. Hodgen’s poem “Sorrow” was