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.

Book Deals and News

Member Harry Gordon's debut novel, Jackson Towerswas recently published by Windy City Publishers.

Instructor John Cotter's memoir, Losing Music, was recently acquired by Milkweed Editions.

Member Robert Dodge's memoir, Grand Mal: A Life With Late Onset Epilepsywas published by McFarland, ranking in first and third in its Amazon category.

Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat: The Amazing Story of Mary Coyle Chase is a new biography about the only Colorado Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, written by member Mimi Pockross, was published by Rowman and Littlefield

Instructor Hillary Leftwich's hybrid memoir, Aura, a confrontation as well as an examination of motherhood amid domestic violence, epilepsy, and survival, will be published by Future Tense Books in 2022.

Member Megan Freeman's debut novel-in-verse, Alone, was published earlier this month by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin and is now available in bookstores.

Awards and Recognition

Program participant Cindy Corpier's essay entitled “Susceptible: Measles to Covid 19” written in BK Loren's workshop on political writing was awarded Second Place in the Personal Essay category of the 2020 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference writing contest. The essay will be published in Ten Spurs, the literary journal of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas.

Member Ryan Dingus's screenplay,The Only Piano in Afghanistan was selected as a Semifinalist for the 2020 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars). The script is based on the true story of a music teacher in Afghanistan who survives a Taliban suicide bombing. Ryan has attended numerous screenwriting workshops at Lighthouse over the years and has worked with amazing teachers including Jenny Taylor-Whitehorn, Michael Catlin and Alexandre Philippe.

Several years ago, program participant Dorothea Bonneau workshopped an early draft of her historical fiction with Andres Dubos III. His extraordinary instruction and support spurred her on to complete and publish Once in a Blood Moon, which recently won the American Fiction Award and received an honorable mention in the 2020 New York Festival of Books.

Book Project Graduate Kelly Thompson's essay, "Monsters I Have Known and Loved," received a Pushcart nomination published in the quarterly online magazine, Fatal Flaw.


Instructor Tracy Ross's story, "The Terrifying Whitewater Trip That Turned into a Dream," was published in the November issue of Outside Magazine.

Member Jacqueline St. Joan's "family fiction" an Irish short story, "If It's True, It Must Also Be Beautiful," workshopped in Rachel Weaver's class, was published in the Fall issue of The Missouri Review.

Member Michele Finn Johnson's short story, "Hunger, Thirst, Listen," drafted in Jessica Roeder's online Hybrid Forms workshop, was published in Milk Candy Review"How to Survive a Nuclear Meltdown," was published by Third Point Press; her microfiction piece, "Yosemite," also drafted in Jessica Roader's online Hybrid workshop, was published in 100 Word Story.

Instructor Alexander Lumans flash fiction piece, "The Future History of the Arctic" was published in Fractured Lit with an honorable mention in their flash contest. His short story, "Amchitka: Three Tests," was published in Territory for their Alaska-themed issue. He conducted an interview with Matthew Baker that was published in American Short Fiction (Online) and an interview with Maxin Loskutoff that was published in Copper Nickel (Online). He's also a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize 2021 Anthology for his story "There and There and There and There" originally published in Electric Literature's Recommended Reading.

Member Thomas DeConna's short story, "Those Unheard Are Sweeter," was published in the October 18 issue of the on-line journal, Wild Violet. He has another short story published in the 2020 issue of Good Works Review.

Member Kaia Gallagher's essay, "The Trip Not Taken," was published in the December issue of the Blue Lake Review.

Instructor Rebecca Berg's story, "The Gray and the Orange," was published in issue 10 of Phantom Drift.

Book Project Student Brett Randell's poem, "Some Mornings," was published in the Florida Review.