Ploughshares Spring 2006

Ploughshares Spring 2006

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The Spring 2006 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Kevin Young. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Guest-edited by noted poet Kevin Young, the Spring 2006 issue of Ploughshares contains prose and poetry by acclaimed authors including Barry Gifford, Mary Gordon, Campbell McGrath, D. Nurkse, and Natasha Trethewey. In his Introduction to the issue, Kevin Young ruminates about the Plough & Stars, the bar where the journal was founded, a place where, "shelter in the darkness, a few rumors, and something to keep us cool" created the perfect "recipe for art." Young asserts that it is this recipe that denotes the connection between the authors' respective works, beyond any restrictive school of thought. "These poems and stories," he writes, "possess a sense of electricity and necessity that courses through the best of our art."

Kevin Young

Robert Arnold


"One Leg," by Barry Gifford
"Eleanor's Music," by Mary Gordon
"Chasing Birds," by Christina Henriquez
"Spectator," by Valerie Laken
"Everyone Looks Better When They're Under Arrest," by Ander Monson
"Oral Histories," by Ghita Schwarz
"Sugar Bowl," by Danzy Senna
"What Will Happen to the Sharma Family," by Samrat Uphadhyay


Quan Barry
Edward Bartok-Baratta
Don Bogen
Catherine Bowman
Victoria Chang
Jim Daniels
Kyle G. Dargan
Jeff Fallis
Michele Glazer
Walter Griffin
Kelle Groom
Forrest Hamer
Bob Hicok
Sean Hill
Steven Huff
David Keplinger
Marilyn Krysl
Esther Lee
Ben Lerner
Fred Marchant
Kathryn Maris
Cate Marvin
Campbell McGrath
D. Nurkse
Sue Owen
David Rivard
Catie Rosemurgy
Tim Ross
C. J. Sage
Reginald Shepherd
Taije Silverman
Ed Skoog
Bruce Smith
Charlie Smith
Eleanor Stanford
Heidi Lynn Staples
Julia Story
Elizabeth Tornes
Natasha Trethewey
Jason Waldrop
Dean Young


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148662181
Publisher: Ploughshares
Publication date: 04/15/2006
Series: Ploughshares , #321
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Kevin Young was born 1970 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his BA from Harvard University in 1992, where he took poetry workshops with Lucie Brock-Broido and Seamus Heaney, and his MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University in 1996.

His books of poetry include Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011); Dear Darkness: Poems (2008); For the Confederate Dead (2007); Black Maria (2005); Jelly Roll: A Blues (2003); To Repel Ghosts (Zoland Books, 2001), which was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Most Way Home (1995), selected for the National Poetry Series and winner of the Zacharis First Books Award from Ploughshares.

Young is also the editor of the anthologies The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing (Bloomsbury, 2010); Blues Poems (Everyman's Library, 2003) and Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers (2000), as well as a selected volume of poems by John Berryman for the Library of America.

About Young's work, the poet Lucille Clifton has said, "This poet's gift of storytelling and understanding of the music inherent in the oral tradition of language re-creates for us an inner history which is compelling and authentic and American."

Young's awards and honors include a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and an NEA fellowship. He taught at the University of Georgia and at Indiana University.Currently, he is the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing and curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University and lives in Boston and Atlanta.

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