John Cotter

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John Cotter

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John Cotter is the author of a memoir, Losing Music, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions, and Under the Small Lights, winner of the Miami University Press novella contest. His essays, theater pieces, and fiction have appeared, or will appear soon, in New England ReviewRaritanGeorgia ReviewGuernicaElectric Literature’s Recommended ReadingWashington SquareBookforum, and Commonweal. In 2018 he was Artist in Residence at SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine, and in 2022 he'll be a resident fellow at the James Merrill House in Stonighton, Connecticut. He was presented with the Lighthouse Writers' Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2018.

Classes with John Cotter

John Cotter's Published Work

  • Under The Small Lights (novel)

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John Cotter is entertaining, insightful, and--let's scrap the adjectives and head straight to verbs. He enlightened us. He guided the class toward cohesiveness and created a space where we stretched ourselves. We were creators in this four-week series. I can see why John Cotter comes so well recommended and I will absolutely take his classes again.
Laura Mahal

John Cotter's Articles

Lighthouse Blog

The Truth About False Names

April 10, 2018

When I teach nonfiction classes, I arrive with a list of essays to read and craft points to discuss.

Lighthouse Blog

From Fort Lyon

April 25, 2016

For the past three weeks, I’ve worked as Lighthouse’s writer-in-residence at Fort Lyon, an old repurposed U.S.