Ploughshares Fall 2014 Guest-Edited by Percival Everett

Ploughshares Fall 2014 Guest-Edited by Percival Everett

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The Fall 2014 issue of Ploughshares, edited by Percival Everett. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Percival Everett (Erasure, I Am Not Sidney Poitier) guest-edits this all-fiction issue. As Everett writes in his introduction, the stories "range from so-called mimetic to so-called meta. I do not like such labels and I hope to undermine their use by putting these fine works together." Authors experiment with everything from extensive footnotes to shifting points of view, and narratives range from a husband who can't stop crying (Nick Arvin's "The Crying Man") to a super-sophisticated domestic robot learning the ways of a Japanese family ("I, Kitty," by Karen Tei Yamashita). Featuring stories by Aimee Bender, Richard Bausch, and Edith Pearlman, this issue is a demonstration of the adventurousness and variety of the short story in English today.

The issue also features Jay Baron Nicorvo's Plan B essay about surfing, and an appreciation of the early work of the poet Robert Duncan.

INTRODUCTION
Percival Everett

EDITOR PROFILE
Anthony Stewart

FICTION

"The Crying Man," by Nick Arvin
"M Is Not Dead," by Kafah Bachari
"Veterans Night," by Richard Bausch
"Baskets," by Aimee Bender
"The Slight," by Paula Closson Buck
"Before Letting Go," by Carole Burns
"New Brother," by Andrea Dupree
"Maternity," by Brian Evenson
"The Yuppie Threesome Next Door," by Gina Frangello
"Algeline," by Laird Hunt
"Paradise Cove," by Lisa Lee
"excerpt from The Seance Book Club," by Howard Norman
"Fishwater," by Edith Pearlman
"The Ghost Writer," by Elisabeth Sheffield
"Colt," by Christopher Torockio
"Self Report," by Paula Whyman
"I, Kitty," by Karen Tei Yamashita

MISC

"Jesus Was a Surfer," a Plan B essay by Jay Baron Nicorvo
"Worlds Out of Worlds," a Look2 essay on Robert Duncan by Katherine Robinson


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940150706316
Publisher: Ploughshares
Publication date: 08/15/2014
Series: Ploughshares , #403
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 218
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Percival Everett was born on December 22, 1956, in Fort Gordon, Georgia. Mr. Everett has followed many career pursuits, including jazz musician, high school teacher, and sheep-ranch hand. He was also the associate professor of English and the director of the University of Kentucky's Graduate Creative Writing Program from 1985 until 1989. Mr. Everett was also associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame from 1989 until 1992. At the University of California at Riverside, he was the professor and chair of the Creative Writing Program beginning in 1992. He is also associate editor of Callaloo. Although Percival Everett grew up in South Carolina, he was always enamored with the American West. However, his Southern background is often visible in his works. In his famous novel Suder, which was published in 1983, he tells the story of an African-American baseball player and his struggles with feelings of restlessness. This character often has flashbacks to his childhood in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and it is this Southern upbringing that has implications for this character in his adult life.

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