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 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‘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 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‘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
Watch Ploughshares Advisory Editor and former United States Poet Laureate Donald Hall read his poetry at the University of Virginia.
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 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
Amy Bloom‘s new collection, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, has just received a glowing review from the New York Times. The article, written by Janet Maslin, says that “…even if its format were more commonplace, Where the God of Love Hangs Out would still be something special.
Jeffrey Greene is the author of a memoir and two nature books, including The Golden-Bristled Boar (forthcoming). His poetry collections include To the Left of the Worshiper, American Spirituals, and Glimpses of the Invisible World in New Haven. His next collection, Beautiful Monsters, will appear in 2010. Greene’s poem