Alan Feldman is the author of two prize-winning books of poems: The Happy Genius (SUN, 1978), which won the Elliston Book Award for the best collection published by a small, independent press in the United States; and A Sail to Great Island (University of Wisconsin, 2004), which received the Pollak Prize for Poetry. Over the years his work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, and Best American Poetry (2001; 2011). Recent work will be found in Catamaran, The Cincinnati Review, Southern Review, and Yale Review and, online, in Cortland Review and Boston Poetry Magazine.
Known for its compelling fiction and poetry, Ploughshares is widely regarded as one of America's most influential literary journals. Each issue is guest-edited by a prominent writer who explores personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles. Over the years, guest editors of Ploughshares have included Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Rosellen Brown, Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff, Sherman Alexie, Russell Banks, Lorrie Moore, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Richard Ford.
Many of today's most respected writers had their first or early work published in Ploughshares, including Thomas Lux, Susan Straight, Carolyn Chute, Edward P. Jones, Howard Norman, Melanie Rae Thon, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Ethan Canin, Tim O'Brien, Robert Pinsky, and Jayne Anne Phillips. It's no wonder, then, that Literary Magazine Review has proclaimed Ploughshares to be "a magazine that has published a good deal of what has become our significant contemporary American literature."Ploughshares