Ploughshares at Boston Book Festival

The Ploughshares crew and the booth.

The Ploughshares crew and the booth at last year’s Brooklyn Book Festival.

Hey there, Boston area writers and readers! On Saturday, October 19, Ploughshares will be chatting, selling issues, and answering your questions at the Boston Book Festival in Copley Square Park. Come stop by our booth to say hi. We promise to be charming and personable. No blank stares!

Plus, don’t miss the 3:30pm reading by Ladette Randolph, Ploughshares Editor-In-Chief and author of Haven’s Wake. Both events are free and open to the public.

Ploughshares at the Boston Book Festival

  • When: 10am-5pm on Saturday, October 19
  • Where: Copley Square Park, Boston

Readings in the Forum: Americana

A reading with Ladette Randolph, Lisa Borders, Elizabeth Graver, JoeAnn Hart, and Dawn Tripp.

  • When: 3:30pm on Saturday, October 19
  • Where: Trinity Forum, Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston

We hope to see you there!



Peter Ho Davies Reading and Craft Talk

Ploughshares literary magazine is pleased to announce that Peter Ho Davies, author and guest editor of the Fall 2013 issue of Ploughshares, will give a craft talk and reading at Emerson College. This event is free and open to the public!

PHD for PWWHEN: October 10, 2013. Craft talk at 4:00 pm. Reading at 6:00 pm.

WHERE: The Charles Beard Room at 80 Boylston Street (The Little Building), Emerson College, Boston, MA.

The craft talk will take place at 4:00 pm and focus on strategies for structuring short story collections, followed by a reading at 6:00. He will be introduced at the 6:00 reading by Ploughshares board member Janet Silver. The reading will be followed by a book signing. Copies of Davies’ books and the Fall 2013 issue Ploughshares will be available for purchase.  Continue Reading

May 22nd in New York: Spring 2012 Issue Celebration

Join guest editor Nick Flynn and fifteen contributors to the Spring 2012 issue of Ploughshares as they read from their writing and celebrate the new issue! The event is free and open to the public, plus the first ten guests get a free copy of the issue.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 22nd, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Woods

48 South 4th Street (between Kent and Wythe)

Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211

SUBWAY: L Train to Bedford Ave

Nick Flynn will host the event, and there will be readings by Mary Morris, Maria Venegas, Eric Fair, Kelle Groom, Melissa Sandor, Danielle Blau, Patricia Caspers, Michael Dumanis, Monica Ferrell, Michael Klein, Eileen Myles, Gregory Pardlo, James Tolan, Suzanne Wise, and Ronnie Yates.

Many thanks to Maria Venegas and Melissa Sandor for organizing the event. We hope to see you there!

The Woods, via Plate of the Day

A Ploughshares Guide to #AWP12 Chicago

Sarah Stetson, former intern and current Ploughshares reader, bravely manning our table in 2011.

AWP 2012 in Chicago is fast approaching, and boy, are we excited! AWP is an annual conference organized by Associated Writing Programs where writers, small and big presses, literary magazines, and writing programs gather to talk about writing, reading, and submitting. Apparently this will be the biggest AWP conference yet, with 10,000 attendees.

We hope you find the information gathered here helpful in planning your AWP trip. This is by no means a comprehensive guide, but it’s just enough to get you pumped pre-trip without exhausting you.

General information and social media help

For the most comprehensive list of what’s going on at AWP on- and off-site, it’s best to visit the official Associated Writing Programs website here. If you’re on Twitter, you should also follow @AWPWriter (official) and @AWPTweets (unofficial). Putting a permanent search in your Twitter application for hashtag #AWP12 will keep you up-to-date on other happenings from attendees. (Oh, and follow us too @Pshares [if you haven’t already], because I’ll be tweeting AWP related things all week.)

“Required” Reading pre-conference

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Jayne Anne Phillips to read at Harvard Book Store

Acclaimed novelist and former Ploughshares Guest Editor
Jayne Anne Phillips will be at the Harvard Book Store January 12th
reading from Lark and Termite, her newest novel. The book was a finalist for
the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction, and has made countless best of the
year lists. According to the New York Times, “the characters, like those in
“Machine Dreams,” are so indelible, so intimately drawn, that they threaten to
move in and take up permanent residence in the reader’s mind.”

The event begins at 7pm and does not require a ticket. More
information can be found here.

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Live Interview with Margot Livesey and Julia Glass at Brookline Booksmith

To celebrate the release of her book Illuminating Fiction, Sherry Ellis will conduct a live interview with renowned
novelists Margot Livesey (
Homework, House On Fortune Street, Eva Moves The
) and Julia Glass (Three Junes, I See You Everywhere) at the Brookline
Booksmith on January 6th. Sherry Ellis is a Billerica-based writing
coach, and her interviews have appeared in Poets & Writers, Agni, and
elsewhere. The book contains nineteen of her best author interviews.

The event begins Wednesday, January 6th, at 7pm
in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith.

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Meg Kearney & Regie Gibson Featured at Concord Poetry Center

Ploughshares‘ author Meg Kearney (Vol. 27/2, Fall 2001) and Regie Gibson will be featured at the Concord Poetry Center’s Open Mic Poetry Series, 3:00 pm February 7, 2010, in the Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord, Mass.

Meg Kearney’s latest collection, Home By Now (Four Way Books) made the Poetry Foundation’s contemporary bestseller list in November 2009. She has taught poetry at the college level and was Associate Director of the National Book Foundation, sponsor of the National Book Awards, for more than ten years. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Agni, and many other journals and anthologies, and has been featured on Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor’s “A Writer’s Almanac.” She is the director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Her picture book, Trouper the Three-Legged Dog, is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2012 and will feature illustrations by E. B. Lewis. A native New Yorker, Kearney now lives in New Hampshire.

Author, songwriter, and educator Regie Gibson has performed and taught in seven countries, most recently Monfalcone, Italy, where he received the Absolute Poetry Award for performance and writing. He is a National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, and has been featured on NPR and HBO. He is an instructor at Grubstreet, Inc. His work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Iowa Review, Poetry Magazine, and The Good Men Project: Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood. His first collection of poems, Storms Beneath the Skin, received the Golden Pen Award. In 2007 he founded Neon JuJu, a literary music ensemble.

For more information, visit or call 978-897-0054.

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Margot Livesey Welcomes Kathryn Harrison to Emerson College

margo.jpgMargot Livesey, the fiction editor of Ploughshares, welcomed Kathryn Harrison to Emerson College on October 1st 2009 with an eloquent speech praising the author. “Kathryn is one of those admirable writers who is not afraid to plunge into new material, new worlds,” she said. “And those new worlds are both interior and exterior.  As any reader of The Kiss and The Mother Knot knows she is a fearless pilgrim in the terrifying and arduous country of the self.”

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Richard Hoffman Welcomes Kathryn Harrison to Emerson College

umf-hoffman.gifOn October 1st, 2009 Richard Hoffman – author and Emerson College professor – introduced Fall 2009 Ploughshares guest-editor Kathryn Harrison at her Emerson College reading and afterward moderated a question and answer session with her.

“Harrison’s characters, like most if not all of us at some point in our lives, are looking for love in all the wrong places, usually because they are the only places — and people — available, and thereafter they must deal with the necessity of making meaning of those encounters — which is to say they must survive,” said Hoffman of Harrison in his introduction. “And this is to say, therefore, that Kathryn Harrison is one of our essential writers.”

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