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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 ......

Watch the karma, dude...

October 10, 2007

In the past I've gotten myself in trouble spouting off my unfiltered (often unreasoned) reactions to the daily paper.

Hope for the hopeless

October 07, 2007

Have you ever written thousands of pages of a novel, only to realize, with horror, that development-wise, you haven't

Provincetown, Day 4

October 05, 2007

One arrives in Provincetown having heard much about its strangeness: the colorful and clannish locals, the dreary win

Rockies rally, so we must blog...

October 04, 2007

In the tradition of all great superstitions, we have noticed a correlation between the Rockies' unlikely presence in

The Tobias Tapes, Part II

October 03, 2007

Here's where we get to the nitty gritty: How Tobias Wolff hears voices in his head; how mentorship and workshops "wor

First-Person Dudes

October 01, 2007

For some reason, I've been reading lots of books written by men, written in first-person and told by male characters.

We knew Gare when...

September 30, 2007

Lighthouse bids bon voyage to A-Ray

September 27, 2007

Ms.

The Tobias Tapes, Part I

September 25, 2007

Herein we get

If you missed the Writer's Studio with Tobias Wolff

September 21, 2007

Sorry!  But we have the next best thing---both an audio recording (coming soon---we'll put it up after we edit out

Another Lighthouse Workshopper Hits it Big!

September 18, 2007

It's very unlike us to brag about the success of our members (har), but we couldn't be happier for longtime member Sa

Tobias Wolff

September 05, 2007

Sure, there are the amazing short stories--"Bullet in the Brain" being my

What is Exotic?

July 02, 2007

What is exotic?

Lit Fest Kickoff

June 10, 2007

featured the folk vocal stylings of our own literary goddess Jessica Slater

Should we be pros, all of us?

May 01, 2007

If you've ever wondered whether reading too long at an awards dinner can cost you a National Book Critics Circle Awar

Fate, Luck and the Rules of Writing

February 22, 2007

When Amy Tan took spoke at last week as part of the Post-News Pen & Podium series, she was armed with the CliffNo

My New Favorite Quote

January 18, 2007

This from Walter Kirn's N

Henderson Takes Philadelphia

December 16, 2006

In case he hasn't had enough ego fodder lately, William Haywood Henderson's obviously bedazzled the reviewer from the

Arvin Takes Co Book Award

November 06, 2006

What's better than seeing a bunch of writers on that rare occasion when they get to bust out their fancy outfits and

Everything's Prose-erific

October 16, 2006

Now that we've reserved her hotel room, we have to believe that, indeed,

The real milagro

October 16, 2006

was that any of us could talk intelligently about The Milagro Beanfield War at all, given that only one or two folks