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How to Do Things With Readings: After Cave Canem’s 20th Anniversary

Like any literary form or rule, the poetry reading raises questions regarding subjectivity and context: whose conventions are these, what do they enable, and how do they suit the projects at hand?

People of the Book: Mara Mills

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People of the Book is an interview series gathering those engaged with books, broadly defined. As participants answer the same set of questions, their varied responses chart an informal ethnography of the book, highlighting its rich history as a mutable medium and anticipating its potential future. This week brings

The Suburbs: A Multimedia Extravaganza!

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Okay, for my final post about the suburbs (probably), I say enough about books. Let’s talk about what’s really important: TV, movies, music, and even a little art. On The Tube TV is lousy with images of the suburbs these days, but of course it always has been.  Recently,

Close Watching: Tech + Text = The Reading Paradigm of the Future?!

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When it comes to good ol’-fashioned reading, the influence of new-fangled technology is rarely construed as “positive.” A recent Pew Internet Study suggests our that our brains are being “rewired” for attention deficiency by nonstop, rapid-fire access to information. Adbusters’ Micah White accuses the Kindle of “mimicking the external traits

REDACTED: Experiences with Digital Americana’s Interactive Literary Magazine

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This post was written by John Rodzvilla, Emerson College’s Electronic Publisher-in-Residence. There has always been somewhat of an unrealized promise of interactivity with digital literature. It should be more than an enhanced experience of the print original, but still reflect the intentions of the artists. The Electronic Literature movement

Nick Flynn: Q&A and Reading (with videos and blurry photos!)

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Spring guest editor Nick Flynn stopped by Emerson last night to read, introduce the issue, and chat with Ploughshares poetry editor John Skoyles. He was introduced by poet and novelist Pablo Medina and Ploughshares editor-in-chief Ladette Randolph. Nick read his Introduction from the Spring issue and also pages from

#AWP12 – What you don’t want to miss before heading out

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Well, it’s Day 3 of #AWP12 in Chicago, and I’m ready for a nap. BUT! If you’re tempted to go nap, don’t do so, or leave AWP, before checking out these quirky booths and tables, which were chosen for their one-of-a-kind nature. (And for those of you who can’t

Some Slam Poetry I’ve Enjoyed

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The first time I heard slam poetry, I was 17. My high school literary magazine “Aporia” threw a coffee house event at the hippest place we knew of. One of the participants performed “Love” by Beau Sia. Needless to say, I loved it. It was passionate, honest, and raw.

We turned 40 and all we got were these awesome videos

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To celebrate our 40th anniversary, Emerson College (where Ploughshares is housed) made some lovely videos about our previous 40 years of history, what we’re doing currently, and what we’re thinking about for the future. Enjoy! (P.S. If you live in the Boston area, and haven’t heard about our 40th

Ploughshares Joins the Radical Left

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Ploughshares has entered the culture wars! In the middle of an attack on people warning that the flooding of Japan’s nuclear plant might be a serious concern, Glenn Beck takes on the Ploughshares Fund, a nuclear disarmament group, and what should pop up but an image of our humble magazine,