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Reader gets inked for Ploughshares

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / September 22, 2011

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Ploughshares has dedicated fans. The local literary magazine, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, had a nice group of supporters at Tuesday night’s Harvard Book Store reading, which featured Ploughshares cofounder DeWitt Henry reading from his memoir, “Sweet Dreams: A Family History.’’ Meanwhile, the guest list for the magazine’s official 40th party in November continues to impress. But the magazine’s most committed supporter - based on our definition, at least - lives out of state. After hearing that Ploughshares was offering its readers temporary tattoos with the magazine’s logo, Joel Ferdon, who lives in North Carolina, volunteered to get a real Ploughshares tattoo - in return for a lifetime subscription. “I actually live in Charlotte,’’ Ferdon told us via e-mail. “I have been a Ploughshares fan for a few years now; they’re one of the best mags out there.’’ Ploughshares managing editor Andrea Martucci tells us that Denis Leary will be in town to emcee the Nov. 14 anniversary party, which will be held at the Paramount Theatre and will honor Alice Hoffman and the late Robert Parker. And on the evening of Sept. 30, Ploughshares will host a smaller party for friends and former contributors in the Charles Beard Room at Emerson College. Martucci says that avid Ploughshares readers can contact the magazine if they want their own tattoos (the temporary ones).