Ploughshares Spring 2014 Guest-Edited by Jean Thompson

Ploughshares Spring 2014 Guest-Edited by Jean Thompson

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The Spring 2014 issue of Ploughshares, edited by Jean Thompson. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Jean Thompson (The Year We Left Home) guest-edits this issue of prose and poetry. As she writes in her introduction, "The thing that gives me hope for the enterprise of writing is the incredible variety and vigor of the terrain." With poets ranging from Erin Belieu to the Uruguayan Tatiana Orono, and stories that move from the eerie (Peter Rock's dreamlike story of a mysterious stalker, "Go-Between") to the comic (Elizabeth McCracken's story "Hungry," about an overweight young girl) to the tragic (Dan Chaon's "What Happened to Us," about a family transformed by fostering a disturbed child), Thompson's issue celebrates writers as they "grapple or dance with the world we live in, reflect or distort it, embrace or escape it."

The issue also features Jesse Lee Kercheval's Plan B essay about learning to play the accordion ("Welcome to Hell"), and an exploration of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities by John Domini.

Jean Thompson

Ladette Randolph


"The Rink Girl," by Mark Brazaitis
"What Happened to Us," by Dan Chaon
"The Meat Place," by Kim Chinquee
"The Sky in the Glass-Topped Table," by Elizabeth Evans
"Sublimation," by Jennifer Haigh
"A Christmas Letter," by Robert Hellenga
"Hungry," by Elizabeth McCracken
"Go-Between," by Peter Rock
"Seizure," by Donna Trump


"Nature Walk," by Stephen Dau


Erin Belieu
Malachi Black
Jae Choi
Alice Derry
Denise Duhamel
Rebecca Morgan Frank
Rick Hilles
James Kimbrell
Kent Leatham
Karyna McGlynn
Campbell McGrath
Sarah Rose Nordgren
Tatiana Oroño
Ben Purkert
Tony Sanders
Jacob Sunderlin
Ronald Wallace
Jonathan Wells
Mike White


"Welcome to Hell," a Plan B essay by Jesse Lee Kercheval
"Chessboard & Cornucopia: Forty Years of Invisible Cities," a Look2 essay on Italo Calvino by John Domini


Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction Winner Elise Juska

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940149428328
Publisher: Ploughshares
Publication date: 04/04/2014
Series: Ploughshares , #401
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jean Thompson is the author of the upcoming novel The Humanity Project (Blue Rider Press, 2013), the recent novel The Year We Left Home (Simon & Schuster, 2012), the acclaimed short fiction collections Do Not Deny Me (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and Throw Like a Girl (Simon & Schuster, 2007) as well as the novel City Boy; the short story collection Who Do You Love, a 1999 National Book Award finalist for fiction; and the novel Wide Blue Yonder, a New York Times Notable Book and Chicago Tribune Best Fiction selection for 2002.

Her short fiction has been published in many magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, and been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize. Jean's work has been praised by Elle Magazine as "bracing and wildly intelligent writing that explores the nature of love in all its hidden and manifest dimensions."

Jean's other books include the short story collections The Gasoline Wars and Little Face, and the novels My Wisdom and The Woman Driver.

Jean has been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, among other accolades, and taught creative writing at the University of Illinois--Champaign/ Urbana, Reed College, Northwestern University, and many other colleges and universities.

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