The Winter 1999-00 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Madison Smartt Bell & Elizabeth Spires. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.
Full Table of Contents
Madison Smartt Bell
"Black Elvis," by Geoffrey Becker
"The Mourning Party," by Carolyn Cooke
"Happy Birthday" and "White Fang" by Walt Foreman
"False Confessions," by Goerge Garrett
"Israel," by Mary-Beth Hughes
"Engaging Diane," by Bethalee Jones
"Gray Girl," by Cynthia Kadohata"
"Other People's Mothers," by Erika Krouse
"Stop Breaking Down," by John McManus
"Centepides on Skates," by John Robinson
A. V. Christie
Frank X. Gaspar
Phillis Levin Kathy Mangan
Charles Harper Webb
C. Dale Young
A. V. Christie
Zacharis Award Winner Elizabeth Gilbert
Madison Smartt Bell is the author of nine novels and two collections of short stories. Born and raised in Tennessee, he has lived in New York and in London and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Princeton University and Hollins College, he has taught in various creative writing programs, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the 92nd Street Y and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. Since 1984 he has taught at the Goucher College Creative Program, where he is currently Professor of English, along with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Spires. Goucher College also appointed him as Director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing. His novel Soldier's Joy received the Lillian Smith Award in 1989 and his eighth novel, All Soul's Rising, was the winner of the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf award. His most recent novel, The Stone That the Builder Refused, was published in November 2004.
Elizabeth Spires is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently The Wave-Maker (Norton). She lives in Baltimore and directs the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College. During 2011-12, she will be a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library in Manhattan.