Fourth Quarter Kudos 2016


Lighthouse instructor Denise Vega's picture book, If Your Monster Won't Go To Bed will be published in March by Knopf Books for Young Readers. It received a very good review in Publishers Weekly in January.

Instructor Tiffany Q. Tyson sold her second novel,The Past is Never, to Skyhorse to be published next year. We can't wait for this southern gothic mystery.

Instructor Khadijah Queen's collection, I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had Onis available for preorder now from YesYes Books. Her launch party is Saturday, February 25, at Counterpath. Infohere.

Instructor Courtney Morgan's forthcoming short story collection, The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, received positive reviews in Kirkus and will be available for purchase at AWP and more widely on March 7.

Member and long-time workshopper Lynn K. Hall's memoir, Caged Eyescomes out this week from Beacon Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Order now and check out her powerful New York Times Op-Ed that came out Saturday.

Long-time workshopper Trent Hudley will have his debut collection of short stories come out soon from Veliz Books.

Member Rob Wesson's soon-to-be-published narrative nonfiction book, Darwin's First Theory, will be available on April 11 by Pegasus Books.  

Member Beth Paulson’s new poetry collection, Immensity, was recently published by Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press.

Member Jack C. Buck's debut book, Deer Michigan, a collection of 60 flash fiction stories, was published in November by Truth Serum Press.

Member Ginny Purvis-Smith's debut historical novel, Greenwood Riven, was published in December. She sends special thanks to Lighthouse instructor Doug Kurtz, who balanced encouragement and challenge throughout the long process of research and writing.

Member Sheldon Friedman’s new book, The Velvet Prison, has been published by Custom Books Publication.


Barrelhouse nominated Lighthouse instructor Jenny Shank's short story, "L'Homme de Ma Vie," which appeared in issue 15, for a Pushcart Prize.

Lighthouse instructor Joy Roulier Sawyer’s poem, "The Poem Blanks Her Verses to the Good Ladies of the Underground Railroad,” from her book Tongues of Men and Angels, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her thanks to instructor David J. Rothman: the poem was written several years ago in one of his eight-week workshops on verse forms.

Good news for the Book Project and its alumni: Three members received Pushcart nominations. Rudy Melena’s short story “Angry Clouds” was nominated by Truman State University's Green Hills Literary LanternKelly Thompson's essay "Hand Me Down Stories" was nominated by Proximity; and Corie Rosen's short story, "An Object in Motion," was nominated by Two Cities Review.

Book Project alumna Lia Woodall won first place in the essay contest at Literal Latte for her hybrid essay "...". It will be published in the spring. Laurie Duncan received first prize at the Denver County Fair, July 2016, for her poem "Stoplights on Colfax." Yay!

Lighthouse Young Writer’s Program instructor Gail Waldstein's collection of nonfiction, The Mother Factor, was a finalist in the Howling Bird Press 2017 creative nonfiction book competition from Aigsburg College.

Lighthouse member Petra Perkins won shortlist finalist for both essay and short story categories in the Faulkner-Wisdom 2016 competition. Her novel-in-progress is a finalist. She also won first place in the Writers' Workshop (Asheville, NC) for her essay "Wings." Her winning story for ACC Writer's Studio, "I Know Astronauts," published in Progenitor, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. (Petra credits Lit Fest instructor Steve Almond for his editing and encouragement.) She has recently published her seventh essay in Huffington Post and a story in Brain, Child Magazine.

Lighthouse member Laura Paul Watson's poem "Chickens" won second place in this year’s U.K. Bridport Prize poetry competition.

Member Taylor Miles completed her master's in creative writing from Kingston University in London at the end of 2016. She would like to thank Lighthouse instructor Paula Younger for her help and support in getting into the program, as well as for the wonderful workshop she took part in with Paula prior to starting the MA.

Lighthouse member Sharon Cairns Mann was featured on "Off the Page," Broomfield Library's Ch. 8 program that promotes authors. She was also interviewed by host Laura Padgett on the “Artist’s Nook,” on KUHS Denver.

Lighthouse member Jennie MacDonald has been inducted into One Night Stand Theatre's group of 7Night Standers, which recognizes contributing members for playwriting and theatrical production. Jennie's three short plays, "The St. Nicholas Caper," "Samson Agonizes," and "A Merry Widow or Two" and four acting gigs with ONS have all added up!

Young Authors Collective member Ellen Huggins won third place in the 5th Annual Littleton Public Schools Poetry Slam. She also recently confirmed she’ll be attending the University of Iowa for creative writing next fall.

Youth Authors Collective member Abigail Munson has been accepted to Sarah Lawrence University where she will study creative writing beginning fall 2017.

Member Jackie St. Joan’s short story "Aisha's Daughters," originally developed in Andrea Dupree's short story workshop, is a finalist for the F(r)iction Spring Short Story Contest.

Former workshopper Elizabeth Eber’s short story “Trollsboro, Vermont” received a Diamond Gem award for being among the five best and was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize.


Instructor Erika Krouse's short story, "When in Bangkok," was published in the Kenyon Review's Nov./Dec. issue and featured in their editorial note, "Why We Chose It." Her short story, "Wounds of the Heart and Great Vessels" (originally published in Crazyhorse) got a special mention nod for the Pushcart Prize.

Instructor Jenny Wortman's flash fiction "Man in the Night" appeared in Columbia Journal and her essay "In The Style Of" appeared in Passages North's Writers on Writing series. Her essay "Worst-Case Scenario" is forthcoming in DIAGRAM.

Lighthouse instructor Chip Livingston has a novel excerpt featured in Yellow Medicine Review and an essay published in The Rumpus. He also has poems featured in the winter issues of Red InkKestrel, the Cincinnati Review, and Borrow Street.

Lighthouse instructor Angie Hodapp’s short story "We Will Take Care of Our Own" was published in the anthology Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow, edited by Hugo Award winner Jason Heller and Joshua Viola and published by Hex Publishers. A story from Lighthouse instructor Mario Acevedo also appears in the anthology.  

"Wendy's Room," a story by Lighthouse instructor Rebecca Berg, appeared in the winter issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly

Instructor John Cotter’s "No Satori" (a personal memoir piece) appeared this November in Catapult.

Lighthouse instructor Jenny Shank's personal essay "The Secret Life of an Activist Mom" was published in The Development Set.

Book Project member Celeste Colgan’s short story “Prevailing Wind” was included inBlood, Water, Wind, and Stone, an anthology of Wyoming writers edited by Lori Howe.

Book Project alumna Corie Rosen's L.A.-inspired short fictions, "A Planet Much Like Earth," have been accepted for publication by Juked, a Los Angeles literary magazine. 

Book Project alumna Kelly Thompson’s poem series "American Gyre" was selected for inclusion in Only Light Can Do That, an anthology published by The Rattling Wall and PEN Center USA.

Book Project alumna Laurie Duncan's poem, "They Say He Passed," will be published in upcoming issue of Pilgrimage, editor and publisher, Juan Morales. The poem was written in a workshop at Lighthouse led by Elizabeth Robinson.

An excerpt from Young Writers Program instructor Candace Kearns Read's new memoir The Rope Swing was published recently in the Rumpus' Voices of Addiction column, which is curated by fellow Lighthouse writer Kelly Thompson.

Michele Finn Johnson's essay "Silent Impacts" was accepted by Colorado Review for publication in their spring 2017 issue. Michele workshopped this essay in John Cotter's online Advanced Memoir course, and she especially thanks John, Lia Woodall, and Jannett Matusiak for their insightful feedback. Her flash fiction “What Remains” was published in the Airgonaut in November. Her flash fiction "The Circumference of Everything" was published in The Nottingham Review. Her short fiction, "Frat Party," was published in issue two of (b)OINK.

Lighthouse member Randall Sylvan’s short story “Rough Riders” was accepted for publication by Beloit Fiction Journal.

Member Alisa A. Gaston had her essay “Intent to Withhold” published in Cleaver Magazine.

Member Diann Logan has a featured essay on Boomercafe. She was also a guest on “Off the Page,” hosted by Stacy McKenzie.

Lighthouse member Jennie MacDonald is delighted to announce publication of her flash fiction story "On Reflection" in Zoetic Press's new anthology, Non-Binary Review #11, celebrating Anne of Green Gables.

Member Cara Lopez Lee's flash-fiction story “The Showstopper” was published onDecember 7 at 50-Word Stories.

Member R.L. Maizes's short story "The Infidelity of Judah Maccabee" aired on NPR's Hanukkah Lights special, hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Special thanks to Erika Krouse for editorial guidance on the story.

Three poems by online workshopper Sydney Solis, "Frederiksted Pier," "Three Roosters," and "The End of the World" appear in the November 2016 issue of Moko Caribbean Arts and Letters.

Lighthouse member Amy Reardon’s “The Good Girls Guide to Survival in Trumpland” has been featured in The Manifest-Station.

Member Rebecca Aronauer's flash story, "A Lakeside Husband," was featured on the Changing Denver podcast.

Former Lighthouse intern Jordan Prochnow had her pieces “SATurated with Pressure” and “Not All Art Is Painted: How A Week Without Makeup Can Make All The Difference” published in The Feminist Wire in 2016 and 2017. She has committed to the University of Iowa’s creative writing major.

Lighthouse participant Ashlyn Mooney’s essay appears in The Smart Set. She worked on this piece in John Cotter’s memoir workshop.

Lighthouse member J.B. Peters is happy to announce his short story "The Only Way She Knew How" has been published in the January 2017 issue of Front Porch Review. J.B. worked on the story in Paula Younger's short story workshop.

Seven pages of “Judicial poems,” by Lighthouse member Jacqueline St. Joan, will be featured in Legal Studies Forum, the legal profession's only journal dedicated to publishing literary works by and about lawyers.

Lighthouse member Lauren Dennis's short story, "Snippy," was published in The Scarlet Leaf Review's anniversary issue.

Workshopper Elizabeth Eber's short story "Trollsboro, Vermont" was published in an international anthology (Gem Street: Beyond the Axis) as one of the 17 best stories in 2015.