Tony Hoagland: “Demonically in Touch”

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It’s not every week that a poet receives a New York Times review. Then to follow that with another assessment two days later in the Sunday Book Review? “Few [poets] deliver more pure pleasure” than Tony Hoagland, Dwight Garner writes in the February 5 Times–and fewer still inspire debate

Amy Bloom Interviewed for NYTimes.com Book Review Podcast

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Amy Bloom, whose new collection Where the God of Love Hangs Out was published in January, was a guest on The New York Times Book Review podcast this past weekend. Click here to listen to her interview with Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the Times Book Review. The podcast accompanies

Kathryn Maris, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Kathryn Maris is the author of a collection, The Book of Jobs, and has published poems in The Harvard Review, Slate, Poetry and several anthologies. She has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and Yaddo. She lives in London where she teaches creative

Love’s Labours Won: Enter our “Roses Are Read” Contest!

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In case you haven’t heard, Ploughshares is running a special Valentine’s Day contest, “Roses Are Read.” One lucky bibliophile will receive a complimentary year-long subscription. That’s three free Ploughshares, starting with our Spring 2010 issue (guest edited by Elizabeth Strout). The rules: Select one quote that speaks to the

The Scoop on New Stories from the South: 2010

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Ploughshares has just learned that Amy Hempel, guest editor for New Stories from the South: 2010, has selected Marjorie Kemper for posthumous publication in the anthology. Kemper’s story “Discovered America,” in the current issue of Southwest Review, joins the year’s best fiction from Southern writers or about Southern American

Cara Olexa, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Cara Olexa earned her MFA at New Mexico State University. A native of Ohio, she now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is at work on her first novel. Olexa’s story, “Flood Story,” was published in the Winter 2009-10 edition of Ploughshares, guest edited by Tony Hoagland. View the

Eddie Lewis, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Eddie Lewis lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His first novel, Ray Had an Idea About Love, was published by Simon & Schuster. He is currently working on essays and a novella. His mother turned ninety-four last summer. Lewis’s essay, “Remembering Ray Bourque,” was published in the Winter 2009-10

Ploughshares’ story cited as the best in Best American Short Stories 2009

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Ostracon by Alex Rose, originally published in Ploughshares‘ Fall 2008 issue, was accepted for publication in Best American Short Stories 2009. Edited by Alice Sebold and Heidi Pitlor (a former Ploughshares intern and author), the volume contains stories that are widely regarded to be the most outstanding of that

Miho Nonaka, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Miho Nonaka is a bilingual writer from Tokyo. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Iowa Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House, among others. She is an assistant professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.

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.