Ploughshares is excited to announce that the Winter 2012 issue edited by Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles is now available. The issue features the work of several distinguished writers as well as the winners of the Emerging Writer’s Contest. The issue includes fiction about the Bei Piao, the aimless twenty-somethings who wander modern Beijing (“Days of Being Mild,” by Xuan Juliana Wang), the legacy of anti-Semitism in Belgium (“Strawberries,” by Karl Taro Greenfeld), an essay about a painful high school production of The Miracle Worker (“Heather, 1984,” by Kate Flaherty), and poetry by Carl Dennis, Barbara Hamby, Ellen Bass, Afaa Michael Weaver, and many more.
About Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles
Ladette Randolph is editor-in-chief of Ploughshares and the author of three books of fiction: two novels—Haven’s Wake (forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press, spring 2013) and the award-winning A Sandhills Ballad (University of New Mexico Press, 2009)—and the short story collection This Is Not the Tropics (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005). Randolph is on the faculty of the Writing, Literature, and Publishing department at Emerson College in Boston. Prior to joining the staff at Ploughshares she was an acquiring editor and associate director at University of Nebraska Press. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe grant, the Virginia Faulkner Award, a Best New American Voices citation, and four Nebraska Book Awards.
John Skoyles, Professor and Associate Chair of the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department at Emerson, has published four books of poems, A Little Faith (1981); Permanent Change (1991); Definition of the Soul (1998), and The Situation (2007), all from Carnegie Mellon. His work has appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Harvard Review, Slate, Yale Review, and The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002, among others. He is also the author of a collection of personal essays, Generous Strangers (Kodansha International, 1999), and a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2003). His awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the New York and North Carolina Arts Councils.
Ploughshares was founded in 1971 by DeWitt Henry and Peter O'Malley and has been based at Emerson College since 1989. Published three times a year, the journal invites a different prominent writer to guest edit each issue, most recently Nick Flynn and Alice Hoffman. Upcoming editors include staff Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles, and guest editors Major Jackson and Peter Ho Davies. For more information on the journal please visit our website.