The Spring 2016 issue of Ploughshares. Ploughshares is an award-winning journal of new writing. Two out of each year’s three issues are guest-edited by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles, with the Winter issue staff-edited.
Acclaimed poets Tom Sleigh and Alan Shapiro guest-edit this poetry and prose issue of Ploughshares. In a heartfelt introduction the two dedicate the issue to Mark Strand, Philip Levine, C.K. Williams, and Seamus Heaney, writing, “We wanted to bring them back--if only in these pages.” Featuring work from the aforementioned poets alongside their students, peers, and also variety of emerging voices, the stories and poems in these pages reassure us that great writers and teachers never really leave us.
Read new poetry from Sharon Olds, Mary Karr, and Robert Pinksy, and new prose from Katherine Damm, Taylor Koekkek, and Soraya Palmer. The Spring 2016 issue also includes a Look2 essay on the fiction of Joshua Cohen, and a profile of our Alice Hoffman winner, Ramona Asubel. The cover art is by Mark Strand.