First Quarter Kudos 2018

Book News

Past Writer’s Studio guest Elif Batuman’s book The Idiot was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Lit Fest faculty member Joanna Luloff’s new novel Remind Me Again What Happened will be published by Algonquin Books in June 2018 and is available for preorder.

Member Madelyn (Braverman) Garner’s debut poetry book, Hum of Our Blood, has been chosen as a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. All finalists in fiction and poetry read at BookBar, Friday, April 28th, 7-9 PM. The announcement of winners is scheduled for June 2nd. 

Ann Tinkham, a Lighthouse member, has released her first collection of short stories, The Era of Lanterns and Bells. Reviewers have called her stories profound, funny, edgy, quirky, and entertaining. In Tinkham's story collection, a lighthouse is haunted by the memory of lighthouse keepers, a journalist befriends a homeless virtuoso, an orca trainer believes she's a whale, an aerialist runs away from the circus, and a Golden Gate Bridge jumper saves lives with fortune cookies. These quirky and darkly comic stories entertain while posing essential questions about truth, compassion, and humanity.

Published Works

Member Carrie Esposito has a forthcoming short story "I Came Here to Be Alone" in The Georgia Review—her first story in a print publication. She wrote this story immediately after Antonya Nelson's short story Master Workshop during Lit Fest.

Lighthouse instructor Erika Krouse’s short story, "The Piano," was published in the Winter/Spring issue of The Alaska Review. She also won a fellowship to the Longleaf Writers Conference in Seaside, Florida this May.

Lighthouse instructor Jessica Roeder has poems in DIAGRAM and Hotel Amerika.

Lighthouse instructor Rebecca Berg has stories published in Midwestern Gothic and Chicago Review.  

Lighthouse Instructor Emily Sinclair published the following essays: “Inflatable Jesus Might Save Us All,” in the museum of Americana in January, “Where the Wild Things Aren’t,” in The Pinch Journal in March, “The Twelve Hundred Pound Vegetarian,” in River Teeth in April.

Two of Connie Zumpf’s poems, “Google Map” and “Strangers I Think I Know,” will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of New Ohio Review. Connie is a Poetry Book Project alumna.

Book Project alumna Corie Rosen has a short story “Quiet Violence” which will appear in the forthcoming issue of Arts & Letters.  She is grateful to the members of Christopher Merkner's Advanced Short Story workshop who provided valuable feedback on an early draft. She also has a poem “Dinosaur Bones” has been accepted for publication by Triggerfish Critical Review, a poetry journal.

Lighthouse member Michele Finn Johnson's short fiction, “Santo Spirito, 1577”, was published in FlashBack Fiction. Michele drafted the piece in Jessica Roeder's undeniably awesome online Hybrid Forms workshop. Also, her story, "Three is a Rational Number," was published in Hobart, and her flash essay, "The Life-Long List of Lies that I've Told You" was published in Longleaf Review.

Member Robert Garner McBrearty has short stories in the Winter 2017 issue of Missouri Review and in the January/February issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Member Thomas DeConna had a short story published in The Long Story, Vol. 36.  Thanks to Paula Younger for inspiring the story's structure.

Member Tom Crowley's short story, “Death Diminishes,” written for Instructor Paula Young's Spring 2017 Intermediate Short Story class, is scheduled for publication in the online magazine Bewildering Stories.

Lisa Marlin, a Lighthouse member, has an essay called "Madonna Wannabe" in Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now… Before We Forget, a humor anthology from the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, which was published in March 2018.

Lighthouse member Christopher Cervelloni’s short story "The Last Minute" will be published in Crab Orchard Review in June, and his story "Filling the Dresser" will be published in Fogged Clarity in May. Both stories were workshopped in Courtney E. Morgan's class this past fall.

Several of Lighthouse member Madelyn (Braveman) Garner’s most recent poems have been accepted for publication in Slant and The Laurel Review.  A poem titled “A Kind of Knowing,” critiqued in Advanced Poetry last year, was named a runner-up in the Western Humanities Review 2017 Mountain West Writer’s Contest. 

Member Robert McBrearty has had a short story accepted by Witness Magazine, scheduled to appear in early 2019.

Lighthouse member Julie Vick published her first piece in New Yorker Daily Shouts.

Lighthouse member Martha Johns published “The Worst Hotel in Inverness: A Love Story” in the online travel and culture magazine The Culture-ist.

Lighthouse participant Jennie MacDonald's art photo, "In a Scrape,” is the featured cover image of 3ELEMENTS LITERARY REVIEW (April 2018).

Awards and Recognition

Member Kate Dusto's short story "Detours" was named on the Honorable Mention list for Glimmer Train's Jan/Feb 2018 Short Story Award for New Writers contest.

Book Project participant Lindsey Griffin's short fiction, "The Parable of the Yacht," won the January 2018 Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest and appeared in Issue 131.

Member Susanna Speier wrote a story for Denver Private Investigator’s Blog. Kali Fajardo-Anstine's class about writing place and the west helped give a lot of texture and specificity to a story that went on to become a Denver Private Investigator favorite.

Lighthouse instructor Amanda Rea was awarded a two-week residency at the Marble House Project in Vermont.

Caleb Pan, a Lighthouse Young Writer, earned a Gold Key Award for Personal Essay & Memoir in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for his memoir “[worth].” He also won two Honorable Mentions for Critical Essay.

Member and Poetry Book Project alumna Connie Zumpf’s poetry submission was selected a semi-finalist for Nimrod Journal’s Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers. Her chapbook, “A Skin of Light” recently received an Honorable Mention from Concrete Wolf Press’s 2017 Chapbook Contest.

The Editors of Pidgeonholes Magazine interviewed member Michele Finn Johnson as part of their "Weird Words" series and gave her the chance to shout out to Lighthouse Writers and Springsteen.

Lighthouse participant Paula DeJohn has been appointed editor of the monthly newsletter for the Denver chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).

Member Deborah Kelly received a two-week residency in poetry at Cow House Studios, an arts organization (grown on a family farm) in Wexford, Ireland. Will be working with three visual artists there in early June.