Megan Mayhew Bergman Archive

Bodily Shifts

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I’m currently about five months pregnant with our second child, and I’m finding this state no less strange the second time around. It’s plenty of other things too—miraculous, exciting, fascinating, wonderful—and I’m very grateful for it; but in describing the actual daily, bodily experience, that’s the word that first

Letter to myself: On fatherhood and poems

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A published letter is a strange act. It’s like a whisper made into a loudspeaker. It’s a secret note the town’s tacked onto the city hall bulletin board after the carrier pigeon nosedived into the public square. It’s intimacy externalized. Some letters seem to speak to no one at

Announcing the 2015 Emerging Writer’s Contest Winners

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After receiving thousands of submissions from talented writers, we’re proud to announce the three winners of the 2015 Emerging Writer’s Contest, judged by Megan Mayhew Bergman (fiction), Jabari Asim (nonfiction), and Matthew Lippman (poetry). In nonfiction, our winner is Emily Strasser for her essay “Homeplace.” Emily Strasser will complete

Awards to Ploughshares Writers

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Our congratulations to the following Ploughshares writers who work has been selected for these anthologies: Best Stories: Jamie Quatro’s story “Sinkhole,” from the Spring 2012 issue edited by Nick Flynn, will appear in O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, selected by a prize jury of Lauren Groff, Edith Pearlman, and

Roundup: Reading it By Ear

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In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines and websites, centered on a certain theme to help you jump-start your week. We’ve had a few posts

Pop Survey: Do You Write in Your Books?

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It’s a digital age, but we’re still mad for paper! Even as readers embrace the connectivity and convenience offered by iPads and Kindles, there are still many good reasons to celebrate a book’s physicality. In Ploughshares’ Book Arts series, we’ll be looking at some of the artists, curators, and

Writers and Their Pets: Megan Mayhew Bergman

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The ‘Writers and Their Pets’ series began with my own desire to celebrate my dog Sally, and over the coming months I will also invite other writers to share with the rest of us the details of their lives with beloved pets. We also ask contributors to the series to tell us

Our Gift to You: Free Ploughshares Solo

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Happy (almost) New Year!  2012 was a great year for Ploughshares.  We published three issues edited by Nick Flynn, Patricia Hampl, and our very own Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles.  In addition, we kept busy with blog posts by guest bloggers and debuted our Ploughshares Solos series. Read more

Roundup: Craft

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As we look forward to updating the Ploughshares blog for the new year, we’re also looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009.  Our roundups explore the archives and gather past posts around a certain theme to help you jump-start your week.  This week

Roundup: On Reading

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As we look forward to updating the Ploughshares blog for the new year, we’re also looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009.  Our roundups explore the archives and gather past posts around a certain theme to help you jump-start your week.  This week