Posts Tagged: Ploughshares

Hunting the Pages

By

I find the threat of predation satisfying in a short story because, when done well, it solicits a visceral reaction. The etymology of the word visceral can be traced to the Latin word viscera, which was used to refer to internal organs; the plural term, viscus, refers to “flesh.” A visceral reaction refers to an instinctual reaction, as opposed to an intellectual reaction.

...more

An Ideal MFA

By

How would a writer without an MFA imagine an ideal Creative Writing degree program? Over at Ploughshares, Rebecca Makkai invites you to consider her optimal 2015/2016 course catalog, warning that “the course offerings will be much more practical than “Problems in Modern Fiction.” We’ll cover the things you need to know.

...more

Life Lessons from Children’s Literature

By

The stories we read as children often stick with us for a lifetime, and so children’s literature can have a far greater impact on readers than books written for adults. Writing in Plougshares, Annie Cardi explains how children’s literature influences young people at a critical life stage:

As a young reader, you’re still forming your ideas and beliefs about the world and how you function within it.

...more

“My Parasite”

By

Ploughshares reviews Gina Frangello’s short story “My Parasite” for their “Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week” series.

“Perhaps what is most important is that Frangello’s characters are larger than the futuristic space they occupy, and I’m not sure that many narratives in such a setting can boast this.”

Thanks, Ploughshares!

...more