Nafissa Thompson-Spires to Be Published in Ploughshares

By: Nat Bension,  Ploughshares
Wed, 07/14/2021

We are pleased to announce that “The Old Doctor’s Story, or The Haunting of Mill Creek Medical Facility” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires will be published in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Ploughshares this summer.

About the Issue
Ploughshares is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of our 50th Anniversary Issue, out Summer 2021. Guest-edited by Aimee Bender, this issue showcases the work of “writers who make the shapes they want to make, who follow the flow of the story and who remind us of all a story or an essay can do and be,” Bender writes in her introduction. “Here, then, are some writers who work the form to hold the complexity, a bountifully inhabited sea of prose.” Contributors to the 50th Anniversary Issue of Ploughshares include Nana Adjei-Breniyah, Ramaan Alam, Patrick Cottrell, Amelia Gray, Mona Awad, and others.

About Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Nafissa Thompson-Spires was born and raised in Southern California. She earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and a MFA in creative writing from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The White Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, StoryQuarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. Her short-story collection, Heads of the Colored People (37 Ink, 2018), was longlisted for the National Book Award and received the PEN Open Book Award, the LA Times Art Sidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Hurston/ Wright Award for Fiction, and the Audie Award for Best Short Stories.

About Ploughshares
Ploughshares is an award-winning journal of new writing. Since 1971, Ploughshares has discovered and cultivated the freshest voices in contemporary American literature, and now provides readers with thoughtful and entertaining literature in a variety of formats. Find out why the New York Times named Ploughshares “the Triton among minnows.”

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Ploughshares summer 2021 cover