William Henry Lewis to Join Book Project Faculty

William Henry Lewis to Join Book Project Faculty

DENVER, CO (March 7, 2022)—Lighthouse Writers Workshop is delighted to announce that William Henry Lewis will join Erika Krouse, Vauhini Vara, William Haywood Henderson, and Benjamin Whitmer as a mentor for the two-year competitive program The Book Project. The Project has seen five books published or signed for publication among its active members and alumni in the past fourteen months.

Lewis joined the Lighthouse faculty in 2020 and has developed an enthusiastic following. An NEA fellowship winner, Lewis has two critically lauded collections of short stories published, including the PEN/Faulkner short-listed I Got Somebody in Staunton (Amistad/HarperCollins, 2006). His stories have been published in Ploughshares, New Letters, and elsewhere, and anthologized in the coveted Best American Short Stories series.

"We couldn’t be more excited that Hank is joining our roster of skilled mentors,” says Bill Henderson, Director of the Book Project. “He was a guest speaker at a few of our weekend intensives, and his talks were brilliant and inspiring. His expertise in novels and short fiction will help even more writers navigate the complexities of finishing a book. He’s an exceptional teacher. We’re counting our lucky stars."

The Book Project began in 2015 and will celebrate Project participant Anna Hogeland’s June release of her debut novel, The Long Answer (Riverhead, June 2022), and two novel deals signed. In addition, two current nonfiction writers in the Project signed deals: Simone Stolzoff (The Good Enough Job, Portfolio/Penguin) and John J. Lennon (The Tragedy of True Crime, Celadon/Macmillan).

Applications for the 2022–2024 class will open April 1. Writers interested in learning more about the program are encourage to attend the March 19 info session, either in person in Denver or via Zoom

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is Colorado’s nonprofit literary arts center whose mission is to ensure literature maintains its proper prominence in the culture and individuals achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings. For over 20 years, Lighthouse has offered award-winning writing workshops, author events, and community engagement programs to people of all ages and backgrounds in Denver and beyond. For more information, visit lighthousewriters.org.