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The Unreliable Narrator is Someone I Can Really Rely On

December 04, 2018

By Michael Henry A few months ago I got hooked on the novel Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash. In it, a loner young man...
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Lit Counts: The Perfect Recommendation

December 03, 2018

By Dan Manzanares I hate it when bots or social media algorithms recommend me books. But I love it when a human does,...
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Lit Counts: Sing the Song of Her Possibilities

November 30, 2018

By Suzi Q. Smith I have been writing poetry since I could hold a pen (or at least for as long as I can remember my...
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March 20, 2018

By Don Lawrence

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Grey Owl and I

March 19, 2018

By Liz Mathews


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I am / Don't Be Afraid to Branch Out

March 16, 2018

By Russell March

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Empowering People at Fort Lyon

March 14, 2018

I arrived at the fort late in the evening.

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Playing the Sedulous Ape

March 13, 2018

Here’s a good thing you can do when you come upon a beautiful sentence—like these ship-launchers, for instance, from

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The Generosity of CAConrad

March 12, 2018

My first CAConrad reading was at a pizza joint in North Boise, and my future in-laws were there.

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Lit Fest 2017 Participant Reading 2

March 04, 2018

Listen in on some incredibly talented Lighthousers as they share their work. 

Event Podcast

Lit Fest 2017 Participant Reading 1

March 04, 2018

Listen in on some incredibly talented Lighthousers as they share their work. 

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A Visit to Random House

March 02, 2018

I grew up the second oldest of six siblings, and when you grow up in a home so packed with children and pets and fami

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John Freeman on Poetry, Photography, and the Vibrations of Untold Stories

February 26, 2018

He’s the editor of the literary journal Freeman’s and execut

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Lit Fest 2017 Visiting Author Reading, Week 1

February 21, 2018

A killer reading at Lighthouse's 2017 Lit Fest, including some incredible readers:

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The Speakeasy: With Philip Lopate

February 21, 2018

In this episode of The Speakeasy, Lighthouse Program Director Andrea Dupree and Executive Director Michael Henry disc

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Date Your Work

February 15, 2018

Although I’ve been a longtime Lighthouse student and intermittent member, I’d always found myself strangely intimidat

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Use Your Muse

February 13, 2018

I knew very little about the Muses when I was invited to be a part of

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2017 Lit Fest Visiting Author Reading, Week 2

January 14, 2018

A wonderful, moving reading by several of the Lit Fest 2017 visiting authors, including:
Akhil Sharma

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The Script-Selling Advice I Wish I'd Had

January 10, 2018

Writing screenplays is a funny business, because a screenplay isn't a work of art in itself; it's just the blueprint

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Meet Erika Wurth

January 03, 2018

Lighthouse instructor Erika Wurth is the author of on

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Alex Lemon on Memoir, Poetry, and Kitties

December 19, 2017

We lured Alex Lemon—poet, memoirist, English professor at Texas Christian University—to teach at Lighthouse with the

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A Great Idea, A Community, A Home

December 15, 2017

Lighthouse is unique. It is somehow a great idea, a home, and a community wrapped into one.

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Past, Present, and Future Writers

December 05, 2017

M knows how to write his birthdate, and that’s about it. September 25, 2007. In numbers, not letters.

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Alaska's Loss is Our Gain

November 27, 2017

Editor's Note: Our annual Beacon Award for Teaching Exce

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How to Make a Citizen Poem Box

November 10, 2017

On Monday, November 6, as part of Denver Talks I led a workshop at

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There's Gold in That Story

November 07, 2017

I once enrolled in a New York City workshop taught by a widely respected older poet.

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Embrace the Woo-Woo

October 11, 2017

Life in Colorado was becoming routine, so Lighthouse instructor