The Fall 2011 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by DeWitt Henry. This special 40th anniversary issue edited by Ploughshares co-founder DeWitt Henry features new work from former guest editors like Alice Hoffman, Sue Miller, and Maxine Kumin; an interview with Richard Yates from the archives; and poems and stories from emerging writers like James Scott and Laura van den Berg, introduced by prominent authors including James Alan McPherson and Elizabeth Spires.
Full Table of Contents
by Jack Smith
"Apples," by Nickolas Butler (Intro. by James A. McPherson)
"Treasure," by Alice Hoffman
"from Burning Summer," by Sue Miller
"Tag Sale," by Jay Neugeboren
"from Next Life Might Be Kinder," by Howard Norman
"Downstream," by James Scott (Intro. by Margot Livesey)
"I Looked For You, I Called Your Name," by Laura van den Berg (Intro. by Don Lee)
"The Sinner," by Ellen Wilbur
"Catcher's Hang," by Susan Falco (Intro. by Dan Wakefield)
"Dojo," by Jennifer Rose
"Turning Points," by Richard Tillinghast
Bruce Bennett: "Life's What You Make It" and "The Thing's Impossible"
B. H. Fairchild: "The Game" and "A House"
Marilyn Hacker: "Tahrir"
Lindsay Stuart Hill: "The Widow and the Pinecone" and "Nanquan Kills a Cat" (Intro. by Elizabeth Spires)
Jane Hirshfield: "Hamper," "In a Kitchen Where Mushrooms Were Washed," and "Mop Without Stick"
Maxine Kumin: "Ancient History in The Eye Center" and "Either Or"
Jynne Dilling Martin: "Dropped Things Are Bound to Sink" (Intro. by Ellen Bryant Voigt)
Gail Mazur: "Late Summer"
Barbara Perez: "Bottle" (Intro. by Joyce Peseroff)
Joyce Peseroff: "Two Ways to Play Shylock," "Your First Motherless Day," and "Margin of Error"
Lloyd Schwartz: "Goldring"
Jane Shore: "Fortune Cookies" and "Pickwick"
Gary Soto: "What You Might Expect" and "Millennium Bridge"
Elizabeth Spires: "A Life" and "Constructing a Religion"
Richard Tillinghast: "Early Rising"
Alan Williamson: "Sleep"
Why I Play Golf: A Plan B Essay by Ron Hansen
FROM THE ARCHIVES
An Interview with Richard Yates: DeWitt Henry and Geoffrey Clark
Akshay Ahuja reviews: The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels Through Syria, by Brooke Allen
Graham Foust reviews: The Vocation of Poetry: Essays, by Durs Grunbein
Tony Hoagland reviews: Red Clay Weather: Poems, by Reginald Shepherd
Dinah Lenney reviews: Missing Lucile: Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew, by Suzanne Berne