The Spring 2017 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; the Winter issue is staff-edited.

Acclaimed writer Jennifer Haigh guest-edits this poetry and prose issue of Ploughshares. As Haigh writes in her introduction, "By training or habit or simply natural inclination, the writer of literature is sensitive to invisible currents in the culture. We are made of porous stuff, highly absorbent. The writer is the box of baking soda at the back of the refrigerator, absorbing whatever is ambient." With new poetry from Kaveh Akbar and Matthew Lippman, nonfiction from Vendela Vida, and fiction from Smith Henderson, Kristen Iskandrian, and Jess Walter, the work in this issue grapples with the current cultural environment.

The issue is dedicated to Thomas Lux (1946-2017), a guest editor and longtime friend of Ploughshares, and a former Poet-in-Residence of Emerson College.