Born in Boston, James Randall earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at Boston University. He taught at Bennett College in North Carolina before coming to Emerson in 1963 as an assistant professor in the English Department. In 1967, he founded Emerson's Writing Program. In 1971, he helped found the journal, Ploughshares, edited four of the early issues, and help bring the journal to Emerson College. He was the first chair of the Department of Creative Writing and Literature when it was established in 1981. He retired from Emerson in 1991. Randall also co-founded Pym-Randall Press with his wife, Joanne. The Press was known for publishing young poets, and Randall published then-student Thomas Lux's first chapbook in the '60s.
Ploughshares Winter 1972 Issue Guest-Edited by James Randallby James Randall
Ploughshares' third issue features work from acclaimed authors Charles Wright (Black Zodiac), Joyce Peseroff (Eastern Mountain Time
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The Winter 1972 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by James Randall. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.
Ploughshares' third issue features work from acclaimed authors Charles Wright (Black Zodiac), Joyce Peseroff (Eastern Mountain Time), William Styron (Sophie's Choice), Sam Cornish (Dead Beats), founder DeWitt Henry, and many others who would continue to have relationships with the magazine over the years, along with an interview with Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road). Guest-editor James Randall, founder of Emerson College's writing program and mentor to successful young poets like Thomas Lux, brought both old and new voices into this powerful early edition of Ploughshares.
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"Family Lottery," by John Bart Gerald
"The Elephant's Decision," by Jean Eddy
"Just Like Everybody Else," by Alphonse Allais
"An Evening With the King of the Jews," by Jeffrey Davis
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