Tony Hoagland Archive

Ghosts on Cloudless Days

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Whereas spring further north leaps cleanly from receding snow and bare branches, southern spring is brief and muddled with the semi-cold winter that precedes it and the too-hot summer that follows. Springtime is a liminal space where the past seeps into the present.

Our Spring 2015 Transatlantic All-Poetry Issue is Now Available!

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We are excited to announce that the Spring 2015 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Neil Astley, is available for purchase! For the first time in our forty-four year history, we present a transatlantic issue focused entirely on poetry. Acclaimed publisher and editor Neil Astley, founder of Bloodaxe Books, guest-edited this

Roundup: Ploughshares Readings and Q&A’s

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As we launch a new blog format 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 we have posts

Patriotism Swells in the Heart of the American Bear: Some Books for the 4th

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Before we move on to things literary, I think we should begin this Independence Day week with Fozzie Bear singing “America the Beautiful,” which my mother incorrectly identified as our national anthem during her citizenship exam (she still passed). Actually, I kind of wish it was our national anthem—I

Winter 2009-10 Reviewed in New Pages

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As we wrap four great months with Tony Hoagland and company, we’ll leave you with this review in New Pages of the Winter 2009-10 issue of Ploughshares. Angela Sweeney praises Hoagland for “choosing to pair works of transcendentalism and realism in such a way that brings out the best

Marc J. Straus, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Our final Contributor’s Annex for the Tony Hoagland issue! Thanks to all our Contributors for their insight and support. Marc J. Straus has three collections of poems from TriQuarterly Books-Northwestern University Press: One Word (1994), Symmetry (2000), and Not God (2006), the latter, a play in verse that had

Kathryn Starbuck, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Kathryn Starbuck is the author of Griefmania, from Sheep Meadow Press, 2006. (Read “Thinking of John Clare” from Griefmania here.) Her poems appear in The Best American Poems 2008, The New Republic, The Gettysburg Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, AGNI Online, Harvard Review and elsewhere. She edited two volumes of George

Lisa Russ Spaar, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Lisa Russ Spaar‘s most recent poetry collection is Satin Cash (read “The Geese,” or other excerpts here). She edited Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems and All That Mighty Heart: London Poems, and appears in Best American Poetry 2008. Her prizes include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe

Ploughshares Presents Tony Hoagland

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We were honored to have Tony Hoagland pay a visit to the Paramount Center back in February. At long last — the official videos are here! You can also check out our Pshares page on YouTube. Some of our favorite moments: “I tell my own students, I say you

Elizabeth Smither, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Elizabeth Smither was New Zealand poet laureate (2001-3). She has published fifteen collections of poetry as well as novels and short stories. In 2008 she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry. Click here to read (and hear Smither read) some of her work. Smither’s