It's kudos time! This is our quarterly opportunity to celebrate the latest publication and award news from our members, instructors, and workshop participants. If you're a Lighthouse member who'd like to share your own good news, let us know here.


Instructor Steven Schwartz's new novel, The Tenderest of Strings, was recently published by Regal House. 

Denver Noir will be published on May 3, 2022, by Akashic Books. Denver Noir joins over 100 volumes in Akashic’s award-winning Noir Series of location-based dark fiction anthologies. Lighthouse faculty member and Denver Noir editor Cynthia Swanson (author of The Bookseller and The Glass Forest; http://cynthiaswansonauthor.com/) has pulled together 14 contributors who know the city best to pen short tales set in distinct locations from Aurora to Washington Park. Lighthouse faculty and members with stories in the collection include Mario Acevedo (Globeville), R. Alan Brooks (Baker), Amy Drayer (South Broadway), Twanna LaTrice Hill (Capitol Hill), Mathangi Subramanian (Washington Park), Cynthia Swanson (Cheesman Park), David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Aurora), and Erika T. Wurth (Lakewood). 



Member Chris Ferris has two recently published essays. One in Literary Mama called "The Son I Have" and the other in Chalkbeat Education Magazine titled "Mid-Year Teacher Turnover"

Book Project participant Julia Halprin Jackson's writing has recently been published in a few venues. Her essay, "Scouting," was published in Cutleaf in December 2021 and included in its first print anthology. Her flash fiction series, "Starburst," was featured in Okay Donkey Mag. An excerpt of her novel-in-progress, The Assimilation Committee, is forthcoming in Mayday Magazine, and her essay "When it Comes" will soon be published in The Racket.

Member Dale Schellenger’s two poems, "November 1" and "I Have Not Lately Watched Great Oaks," were published in the Winter/Spring 2022 issue of THINK.

In April, Asymptote Journal's series, We Stand With Ukraine, featured a poem, "Charred Snow", by member Deborah Kelly. In May, Isele Magazine published three of her poems in Isele Quarterly, The Reborn Issue. They were, "Gallery", "Organs and Gold", and "Clytemnestra". Kelly's poem, "Postcards to Ilya Kaminsky," published by La Piccioletta Barca, will be heard in podcast soon, produced by sound designer, Kevin Seaman, for "Words in the Air".

Instructor Sydney Fowler has published their poem, "Pain Is" in the Poetry Anthology, "Poems for the Ride" (Coin Operated Press).

Lighthouse Executive Director, Michael Henry, has a new poem, part of a collection he's been working on, published in most recent issue of The Deadlands.

Instructor Paula Younger's short story, "Sebou Party," is in the Muddy Backroads anthology from Madville Publishing. The Muddy Backroads Anthology have stories that “explore the side roads that take us away from the known.” It also has stories from the authors Dorothy Allison, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

Lighthouse member and LitFest attendee Alaina Scarano has a new prose nonfiction piece out with Watershed Review, which came out of Christopher Merkner's Eight Weeks, Eight Starts Asynchronous Workshop.

Instructor John Cotter's short story about poets and luck and tropical birds, "The Gold Thread," is published online at Joyland:

Member Candice May's flash fiction "The End of the World" was published online in Epiphany. And her flash fiction, "How to Develop (Film)" was selected for the Best Small Fictions 2022 anthology.

Instructor Paula Younger published her short story, "Drinking the Nile," in Another Chicago Magazine.

New Letters will publish member Corie Rosen's short story, "Your Heart Gets the Night Shift," in their upcoming fall issue. A very early draft of this story was workshopped in Andrea Dupree's advanced short story workshop.



Instructor Jenny Shank won First Place in the Personal Column category in the Society of Professional Journalists' 2022 Top of the Rockies competition for Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Member Becky Jensen’s story “Trial by Fire” on Out There podcast won First Place Podcast, small newsroom division, in the Society of Professional Journalists' 2022 Top of the Rockies competition for Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Member Pam Saylor's Braving the World: Adventures in Travel and Retirement won a SILVER in the TRAVEL category in the 2022 IPPY Awards (Independent Publisher Book Awards).

WORSE THAN DEATH by Book Project Graduate Brooke Terpening has won first place in the Writer’s League of Texas manuscript contest Mystery category and is a finalist in the Thriller/Action-Adventure category.

Member Petra Perkins won the 2022 Colorado Authors League (CAL) award for best Personal Essay. And her book Full Circle: A Hands-On Affair with the First Ferrari 250 GTO was a top three Finalist in the memoir category.

Member Lauren Barbato's "We Can't Live Without the Birds and Animals" was a finalist for Phoebe's 2022 short fiction contest and published in the spring 2022 issue of Phoebe. Laruen workshopped this story at the 2018 Lighthouse Lit Fest Advanced Workshop with Jenny Offill.

Member Michele Finn Johnson's flash fiction, Better Tomorrow, was selected by Julia Álvarez as a finalist in the Academy for Teachers annual "Stories Out of School" contest and was published in A Public Space. Michele crafted the story in one of Jessica Roeder's magical online workshop.

Member Vincent Hostak has been invited to serve as Contributing Editor of Lone Star Poetry Volume 1, A Texas Poetry Assignment Anthology Project in Support of Feeding Texas. Vincent is a regular contributor of poetry to the Texas Poetry Assignment. The book will be published by Kallisto Gaia Press (Austin, TX) in Winter/Spring 2023. Vincent is writer/producer of the Denver-based podcast, Crossings: The Refugee Experience in America which released its 13th Episode in March 2022. 

Former Lighthouse faculty member Kathryn Eastburn interviewed Book Project graduate Diane Alters about her new chapbook for SunLit, a feature of the Colorado Sun.

Book Project graduate Diane Alters and her chapbook, Breath, Suspended, were discussed in the Los Angeles Times by columnist Jean Guerrero, in an essay about Alters' son.