First and Second Quarter Kudos 2017


Lighthouse member Mark Tompkins’s debut novel, The Last Days of Magic—named one of the best new books of 2016 by People magazine—was recently released in paperback. 

Poetry Book Project participant Lois Levinson's chapbook, Crane Dance, will be published by Finishing Line Press. Her book launch party will be at Lighthouse on October 25, at 3:00 PM.

Paul Cohen’s Puschcart-nominated debut novel, The Glamshack, was published this month by 7.13 Books, a Brooklyn press dedicated to literary debuts.

Lighthouse instructor Sara Jade Alan's debut young adult contemporary novel Spontaneous Combustion—about a teen improviser who deals with a heartbreaking diagnosis by entering a standup comedy contest and falling in love—will be published October 2, by Entangled.

Member John Reinhart's chapbook, Horrific Punctuation, was just released through Tiger's Eye Press.

Nancy Vorkink Machin's book, Destination Unknown: A Profile of an Underage WWII Seabeeis now available on Amazon. 

Member Nate Ragolia is the author of The Retroactivist, recently released by local sci-fi press Spaceboy Books. The press, which Nate runs, is accepting submissions. 

Judd Mercer has published his illustrated novel All That Will BurnHe notes that workshops with William Haywood Henderson were EXTREMELY helpful in developing a system to hone his idea and actually finish something. 


Instructor Karen Palmer's "The Reader is The Protagonist" (VQR, Spring 2016) has been selected by Leslie Jamison for Best American Essays 2017.

This year's Colorado Book Awards included several Lighthousers: Instructor Mario Acevedo edited Found, winner of the award for anthology, and his work (as well as the work of instructor Angie Hodapp) was featured in another anthology finalist, Cyber World: Tales of Humanity's Tomorrow. Book Project guest faculty Mona Awad won for literary fiction with 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat GirlCopper Nickel editor Wayne Miller won for poetry with Post-. And past Lighthouse member Kimberly Reid's Perfect Liars received a nomination for YA novel.

Instructor John Cotter will spend December completing his memoir and delivering talks as artist-in-residence at the SPACE gallery in Portland, Maine.

Young Writers Program instructor Jesaka Long’s screenplay, Poolside, was named a finalist in the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

Lindsey Griffin's short story, "Scrap Metal Animals," which appeared in Midwest Review, was nominated for a Pushcart. 

Ellen Nordberg's essay "At Least Your Hair Looks Gorgeous," was chosen by Stories on Stage for their "Motherhood Out Loud" show. She was honored to be in the company of Lighthouse instructor B.K. Loren and local author and performer Matthew Taylor for this show and always grateful to Lighthouse instructors Lisa Turner, Laura Pritchett, Shari Caudron, and Harrison Fletcher.

Caleb Pan, a participant in Lighthouse's Young Writers Program, earned a Silver Key, Personal Memoir Award in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2016 from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for his essay "min•or•ity" and an Honorable Mention for his poem "shard."

Patricia Anne Jackson's The Trouble with Goats was short-listed for the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in the novella category. She also recently received a scholarship to Stockton University's summer writing retreat in Spain.

Young Authors Collective member Madeline Dean has been accepted into the 2017 Iowa Young Writers Studio summer residential program at the University of Iowa.

Ellen Huggins, another member of the Young Authors Collective, has been accepted into the summer 2017 Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop at Kenyon College.  

Two of Michele Finn Johnson's published stories, "The Mathematics of Aunt Dolly" (Corium Magazine) and "House Rules" (Split Lip Magazine) were long-listed for the 2017 Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions.

Sandra Windsor, a seven-year Lighthouse member, was named the winner of the Colorado Authors League 2017 contest for creative nonfiction for her memoir, The FBI Wife. She credits William Henderson and Shana Kelly for their outstanding mentorship and editing.


Instructor Jenny Wortman's story "Love You. Bye." was accepted by Glimmer Train. Her story "This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love." was published in the spring issue of The Normal School, and her prose poem "Mountain Valley," first drafted in Jessica Roeder's online experimental/hybrid class, appears in the inaugural issue of Swamp Ape Review. Jenny also has a flash essay, "No Ground," forthcoming in Okey-Panky and another flash piece, "Willing," forthcoming in Hobart.  

Instructor Seth Brady Tucker's poems, "Kwik-n-Reddy™ Pastry Recipe for Poetry Golem" and "Technology Used by Dogs," appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of BlackBird.

Instructor Emily Sinclair's essay, "Searching for the Duck Hole," was published in Colorado Review. The author podcast is available here

Instructor Jennifer Itell has an essay forthcoming in Colorado Review.  

Susanna Donato's essay, "Appraisal," appeared in Proximity's spring 2017 inheritance-themed issue.

Christopher Cervelloni, Lighthouse member and volunteer, had a story, “Trucks in Reverse,” published in Metaphorosis magazine.

Young Writers Program Outreach Coordinator Roxanne Banks-Malia has a poem in the current issue of CutBank.

Lindsey Griffin's short story, "There's Always Someone to Love," was published inEpiphany in December. Thanks to instructor Andrea Dupree and the members of her Advanced Short Story class where it was workshopped. Her short story, "Seaworthy," will be out at the beginning of March in Saw Palm. Thanks to Instructor Christopher Merkner and the members of his Advanced Short Story class where it was workshopped, as well as to instructor Lindsey Drager who offered feedback on the piece during Lit Fest.

Poetry Book Project member Connie Zumpf's poem, "Three-Eyed Fox," will be published in the upcoming issue of Pilgrimage. The poem was written in a Lighthouse workshop led by Chris Ransick.

Member Bonnie Auslander recently had poems published in New Haven Review andStone Canoe.

Kelly Thompson had her essay "Lineage" published in Entropy. The essay was born in Jennifer Denrow's amazing lyric essay class at Lighthouse. She also had two new poems published at Lady/Liberty/Lit. Additionally, Kelly recently interviewed Lidia Yuknavitch for The Rumpus about her newest release, Book of Joan

Amy Braziller's essay, "Post. Wait. Delete." was published in Hippocampus' first print publication: Selected Memories: Five Years of Hippocampus Magazine

Harriet Stratton's poem "Drop Dead Red" was published online by Thirteen Myna Birds. Her poem "Morning Cup" was a finalist in a poetry contest and subsequently published in the Slippery Elm Literary Journal. And she received the t-shirt to prove it.

Michele Finn Johnson's flash fiction, "Born Again," was published in the Lost Balloon Journal, and another flash piece, "Re-Pete" was published in Wigleaf. Her hybrid essays "My Boy-Infested Neighborhood (1964-1977)" and "Wallpaper Eulogy" were published inSplit Lip Magazine and DIAGRAM, respectively. And Michele's short stories, "The Erratic Flight Pattern of Bats" and "Word Search" (polished at last year's Grand Lake Retreat) were published in The Adroit Journal and jmww journal, respectively. Michele drafted several of the pieces in Jessica Roeder's online hybrid forms class, and she is pretty certain that Jessica has voodoo mojo that can stimulate publications out of thin air. 

Lighthouse member Karen Douglass had her poem, "Like a Red Stone City," published in the June issue of Third Wednesday. The poem was written in response to a visual prompt given during Friday 500.

Gail Waldstein's poem "brush" was published in Ellipsis and her poem "pulse" received an honorable mention for the Atlantis Award at Poet's Billow

Lighthouse member Sam DeLeo's short story, "Search," appeared in the April issue ofGlass Mountain, published by the University of Houston. He would like to thank the Lighthouse staff and faculty.

Whitney Templeton's essay, "The Evolution of a Trigger," was published by The Rumpus. This piece was finalized during a memoir and personal essay workshop led by Kathryn Eastburn.

Member Martha Kalin's poem, Tsunami, was published in the inaugural edition of Chapman University's interdisciplinary journal Anastamos, which was organized around the theme of fear.

Alice Maxine Bowie fellow Jesica Carson Davis had two poems published this spring. "Mango" appeared in the 30th anniversary issue of Columbia Poetry Review and "To Dust," which was inspired by a talk at Lighthouse's Making the Mountain, appeared in the "Ink & White Space" issue of Pilgrimage.

Member Alisa A. Gaston’s essay “Chromosome 17 and the State of Mutual Trust” was published in Kaleidoscope; her essay “Strange Knot” appears in The Tishman Review Vol. 3, Issue 1; and her essay "Little Pip" is featured in the anthology, Rescued Volume 2: The Healing Stories of 12 Cats.  

Book Project alumni Shawna Ervin's poems, "Wading Pool" and "Spring," were published by Jelly Bucket this spring. She wrote the poems in John Brehm's online class last summer. Her poem, "Packing List to Meet my Son's Birthmother," was published this spring in Hiram Poetry Review, which she wrote in Richard Froude's hybrid and experimental forms class. 

Lighthouse member Ray Kemble's short memoir, "Tell Him What?", has been accepted for publication in the October issue of Fabula Argentea magazine.