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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 RedLine Contemporary Art Center on making poem...
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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. He was the editor of a well-known...
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Embrace the Woo-Woo

October 11, 2017

Life in Colorado was becoming routine, so Lighthouse instructor Doug Kurtz, his wife Cat, and their son Max moved ......
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Get to Know Steve Knopper

October 10, 2017

Steve Knopper, one of Lighthouse’s newest instructors, has the kind of rock-and-roll resume that evokes envy: He's co

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Conflict: Got A Problem With That?

August 31, 2017

I’ve been extremely fortunate since coming to Denver eight years ago.

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Literary Distance, Mark Mayer, And A Song From Hercules

August 29, 2017

As a writer, one of the most difficult tasks can simply be finding inspiration for your work.

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Othello: The Most Terrifying Play Ever Written?

August 24, 2017

In act I, scene 3 of Othello, the 28-year-old Iago upbraids his supposed friend Roderigo for threa

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What I Learned At Fort Lyon

August 17, 2017

Before I left for a month-long writing residency at Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community, my wisest friends tol

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Talking Hybrid Forms with Selah Saterstrom

August 11, 2017

Selah Saterstrom has written three novels (Slab; The Meat and Spirit Plan; and The Pink Institu

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Meet Melissa Lucero McCarl

August 09, 2017

Playwright Melissa Lucero McCarl is no stranger to the loca

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Five Misconceptions About Writing Children’s Picture Books

August 08, 2017

New writers often assume a few things about what it takes to draft a picture book ...

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Voice: Why Publishers Want It

August 01, 2017

Singers sing. Speakers speak. Actors act. All of them use their voices. But writers write.

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How to Find Killer Nonfiction Stories

July 31, 2017

Here’s a dirty little secret: You don’t have to be an exceptional writer to be successful in the nonfiction writing b

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Mathias Svalina: Dream Instructor

July 26, 2017

Maybe you've read about Mathias Svalina in the

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Ann McCutchan's Impressive Resume

July 24, 2017

Ann McCutchan has one of those long, diverse bios that mak

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Surrounded By Writers

July 20, 2017

By Andrea Torres

Disclaimer: I am NOT a writer.

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The Sebald Remedy

June 27, 2017

So often, we fiction writers project a reader who is lazy, listless, or passive—who has to be seduced.

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Meet Our Terry Dodd Scholarship Winner

June 08, 2017

For the first time this year, Lighthouse was able to offer four Lit Fest fellowships to emerging writers.

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Sweet Poetry in a Foreign Tongue

May 30, 2017

 

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Talking with Renee Gladman

May 23, 2017

Renee Gladman's latest book of prose is titled Calamities and I can’t recall ever experiencing reading

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A World of Voices

May 16, 2017

In May I flew to New York, my former hometown, for PEN America’s 2017 World Vo