Ploughshares Gets a Makeover

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Boston_MFA_Back_BayYou may be noticing that the blog looks a little different today. Or maybe you’re not–maybe you’ve never been to this website before. If that’s the case, I hope you stick around.

Regardless, today you’ve stumbled on (or have been intentionally prompted to visit, courtesy of our Twitter or Facebook) the redesigned Ploughshares Blog. It’s Part 2 of the our website relaunch–Part 1 being the redesign of our main website. These projects are roughly two years in the making, so I thought it’d be a good time to highlight some of the changes that have been going on in the Ploughshares Universe, and to introduce to you the 2015 cast of Ploughshares Bloggers.

We at Ploughshares are passionate about staying up-to-date with the latest trends in technology–particularly when what’s popular is helpful. So both the new website and new blog are responsive, making it easier to access Ploughshares content from any device. We’ve reorganized some pages on both sites to make finding your favorite issues and Solos a more intuitive process. We’ve put all of our ebooks directly on our website, so when you purchase them, they’ll be downloaded directly to your Ploughshares account instead of emailed to you. We’ve made it easier to access your subscription information, and to renew–in case you’re fancying the work you’ve been reading in our journal. Ladette Randolph, our editor-in-chief, goes into all of this in her welcome letter. But basically, we’ve just tried to make visiting our site and blog a more pleasant experience.

And, of course, we spruced our look up. Because who doesn’t want a nice polish in time for the holidays?

In the coming year, you’ll see some a handful of new names on the blog, too. Some old favorites will be returning (Megan Mayhew Bergman, to be specific) and sticking around (you’ll still get your Rebecca Makkai fix), but we’ll let you discover their new work as it crops up. Look out for interviews with authors on what they’re reading; posts on the links between literature and new media; a continuing exploration of writing coming from outside America; and, of course, the Round-Down. This among a lot of other compelling topics, because, since we’re making some changes, we might as well start publishing blog content every day.

Anyway, if you’ve made it through all of this and are still looking for something to read (because I know that Wednesdays are hard), here are some of my favorites from the Blog archive:

  1. The Evolution of the Style Guide: An Interview with Psycholinguist Steven Pinker” by Brett Beasley
  2. Writers You Want to Punch in the Face(book)” by Rebecca Makkai
  3. Burnt Memories: Reading Gabriel García Márquez in Texas” by Daniel Peña