Ploughshares Fall 2012 Guest-Edited by Patricia Hampl

Ploughshares Fall 2012 Guest-Edited by Patricia Hampl

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The Fall 2012 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Patricia Hampl. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different and personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Award-winning memoirist and author Patricia Hampl (The Florist's Daughter, I Could Tell You Stories) compiles this all-essay issue of Ploughshares. Showcasing the diversity and range of nonfiction in English, the issue contains family memoir (“My Mother’s Story,” by Xu Xi), travel writing (“What the Desert Said,” by Kimberly Meyer), a graphic essay by the cartoonist L. K. Hanson (from “The Story of My Hand”), and everything from science writing to reflections on faith.

Featuring acclaimed authors like Phillip Lopate, Charles Baxter, and Dani Shapiro, the issue also contains Hampl’s thoughts on the art of nonfiction and the American love for the first person voice.

Patricia Hampl

Jennifer Brice


“What Happens in Hell,” by Charles Baxter
“A Goodly Heritage,” by Kelly Grey Carlisle
“Snow on Snow,” by Robert Clark
“Mapping Yolanda,” by Jennifer De Leon
“Inside,” by Patricia Foster
“Gloria Mundi,” by Lynn Freed
“The Taste of Almonds,” by Mary Gordon
“Some Pages from The Story of My Hand,” by L. K. Hanson
“Why I Remain a Baseball Fan,” by Phillip Lopate
“My Acid Cruise,” by Nancy Lord
“The Twittering Machine,” by David Stuart MacLean
“Forty More Years: Nixon and Me,” by Thomas Mallon
“What the Desert Said,” by Kimberly Meyer
“Didn’t Anyone Tell You,” by Eileen Pollack
“Myself on High,” by Ralph James Savarese
“Evil Tongue,” by Dani Shapiro
“The Academy of Sciences,” by Mark Slouka
“My Mother’s Story: The Fiction & Fact,” by Xu Xi


“Real Estate,” a Plan B essay by Terese Svoboda
“Notes on Neihardt,” a Look2 essay by Barry Gifford


Emerging Writer’s Contest Winners
Dedications to Carl H. Klaus and David Hamilton

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014859295
Publisher: Ploughshares / Emerson College
Publication date: 08/10/2012
Series: Ploughshares , #3823
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 196
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Patricia Hampl’s most recent book is The Florist’s Daughter, winner of numerous “best” and “year end” awards, including the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year” and the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, published in 2006 and now in paperback, was also one of the Times Notable Books; a portion was chosen for The Best Spiritual Writing 2005.

Patricia Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage, awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. This book and subsequent works have established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing in the past 25 years.

She is the author as well of two collections of poetry, Woman before an Aquarium, and Resort and Other Poems. And she has published Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak's 1893 summer in Iowa, with engravings by Steven Sorman. Virgin Time, about her Catholic upbringing and an inquiry into contemplative life, is available in a recent paperback.

I Could Tell You Stories, her collection of essays on memory and imagination, was a finalist in 2000 for the National Book Critics Circle Awards in General Nonfiction. Four of her books have been named "Notable Books" of the year by The New York Times Book Review. A Romantic Education appeared in a new edition with a post-Cold War “Afterword” in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in 1999. In 2001, Carnegie Mellon Press chose Resort and Other Poems for its Contemporary Classics series.

In 2004 Borealis Books (of the Minnesota Historical Society Press) published The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald edited and with an introduction by Patricia Hampl. And in fall 2008 Tell Me True: Memoir, History and Writing a Life came out from the same imprint, co-edited by Ms. Hampl and Elaine Tyler May with essays by 14 memoirists including the editors.

Ms. Hampl is Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she teaches fall semesters in the MFA program of the English Department. She is also a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program. She regularly gives readings, lectures and workshops across the country and internationally.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite literary journals and it's now available as a nook book!!!
1PenneyThoughts More than 1 year ago
Have read Ploughshares for years and never had a disappointing issue. This one is particularly facinating. Thank you so much for making it available for Nook.