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

Rebecca Makkai Selected for Best American Short Stories 2010

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First published in Ploughshares, Rebecca Makkai‘s story “Painted Ocean, Painted Ship” has been chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010 by editor Richard Russo. The story was originally selected by Tony Hoagland for the Winter 2009-10 issue of Ploughshares. Click here to read “Painted Ocean, Painted Ship” online.

Pushcart Prize Nominees for 2011

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We just read the list of our contributors nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Official winners are announced in May. If selected, their work will be published in Volume XXXV of The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses, which comes out in November. Seems like a fair time

Six Questions for Tony Hoagland

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We’re still recovering from last week’s Q&A with Tony Hoagland here in Boston. Ploughshares poetry editor John Skoyles still had a few nagging questions, and Tony graciously agreed to an interview. Enjoy reading his thoughts on what he loves to read and teach, accompanied by images from his Q&A.

David Stuart MacLean’s Memory Loss on This American Life

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“On October 13, 2002, I woke up in a train station in Secunderabad, India, with no passport and no idea who I was or why I was in India.” David Stuart MacLean appeared recently on the radio podcast of This American Life, Episode 399 (“Contents Unknown”). He read an

Lucia Perillo, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Lucia Perillo’s fifth book of poems, Inseminating the Elephant, was published in 2009 by Copper Canyon, and her book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing, is now out in paperback from Trinity University Press. Her last book of poems, Luck Is Luck, was a finalist for the L.A.