Happy Hour Reading 6/1: Lighthouse Faculty

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Hear from recently published works by Lighthouse faculty.

Lija Fisher is the author of humorous adventure novels for kids. She received her BFA in Performance Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder and has performed in theatres across the country, including Alaska where she was chased by a bear. Her debut novel, The Cryptid Catcher, was published in 2018 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It received a starred review from Booklist and is a Junior Library Guild selection. The Cryptid Keeper, the sequel, is forthcoming in August 2019. Lija was the Writer in Residence with Aspen Words in 2017.

Brian Kiteley is the author of three novels, The RiverStill Life with Insects, and I Know Many Songs, But I Cannot Sing, and two collections of fiction exercises, The 3 A.M. Epiphany and The 4 A.M. Breakthrough.

Tiffany Quay Tyson is the author of two novels,The Past is Never and Three Rivers. The Past is Never is the recipient of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the 2019 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, and the 2019 Mississippi Library Association's Mississippi Author Award for Adult Fiction. Shorter pieces have appeared in The Rumpus' Funny Women Column, The Belladonna Comedy, Slackjaw, The Establishment, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Ilanot Review, and other journals. She worked for a brief stint as a newspaper reporter in the Mississippi Delta, where she received the Frank Allen Award for Journalism. She is the recipient of two Heartland Emmy Awards including one for writing for a children’s public television program. She was born and raised in Mississippi and much of her fiction is set in the south. She lives in Denver.

Denise Vega is an author, writing coach, and “creative cheerleader,” exploring and supporting the many ways we pursue our dreams both through her books and in her interactions with the writers she works with in class and one-on-one. She is the award-winning author of seven books from toddler to teen, including her newest picture book, If Your Monster Won't Go To Bed as well as Build a Burrito: A Counting Book in English and Spanish, illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Diaz and Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? and illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono (Colorado Book Award winner, Colorado Authors’ League Award, Américas Award Commended Title). Her middle school and young adult titles include her middle school “blog” books: Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade) – a Colorado Book Award winner – and Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages). Her other YA novels are the award-winning Fact of Life #3 and Rock On: A story of guitars, gigs, girls, and a brother (not necessarily in that order). Denise has a B.A. in Film & Television from UCLA and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She is a Young Adult Mentor for the Regis University MFA in Creative Writing Program and is Regional Advisor Emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the SCBWI. Denise lives Denver with her family where she loves to hike, walk, swim, read and eat French fries. Find out more at denisevega.com.

Jennifer Wortman is the author of the short story collection This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love (Split/Lip Press, 2019) and a recipient of a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. Her fiction, essays, and poetry appear in TriQuarterly, Glimmer Train, Copper Nickel, Normal School, DIAGRAM, Electric Literature, The Collagist, Brevity, Juked, and elsewhere. She is an associate fiction editor for Colorado Review.


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Jun 01, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm