Fourth Quarter Kudos 2014


"The Crying Man" by Nick Arvin, published in Fall 2014 issue of Ploughshares, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Check out this sweet interview with Lighthouse executive director Michael J. Henry from CPR. 

Rachel Maizes' essay "How Not To Trust," which appeared Lilith, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

Jennie MacDonald's one-act play "The St. Nicholas Caper" (inspired by Dashiell Hammet's The Thin Man mysteries) will be featured in One Night Stand Theater's holiday performance, Twas The One Night Stand Before Christmas, on Sunday, December 14th, at Vintage Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. 

Carmel Mawle's story, "The Calisia," appears in the Fall Issue of KNOT Literary Magazine, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She would like to thank Amanda Rea, Vicki Lindner, Antonya Nelson, and all the members of her Litfest workshop for their helpful input.

Congrats to J.B. Peters for winning the Stories on Stage Writing Contest! Peters' story will be performed by Stories on Stage at their show To the Lighthouse on Saturday, November 15, at 1:30 and 7:30 PM.

Randi Samuelson-Brown was named a finalist in the 2014 Laura Award short-story competition, which was sponsored by Women Writing the West.

Peggy Simmons' poem "What I Would Do" is a third-place winner in the National Amateur Poetry Competition sponsored by Eber & Wein Publishing.

Gail Waldstein's The Hauntings won first place in the Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest, 2014. She also placed first in Puerto del Sol's 2014 poetry contest for "Embryo Pathology." She is very happy!



Jordi Alonso's first book of poems, Honeyvoiced, will be published mid-November by XOXOX Press. It is now available for preorder at the press's site

Jody Berger's book was published September 23 and has been getting great reviews and press! Check out this review in Publishers Weekly, this Shelf Awareness write-up, and this review from CPR.   

Dick Johnston's second book, Won't Quit, An Escalante Desert Love Story—a family saga about an unlikely marriage that survived 40 years of adversity in a God-forsaken Utah desert—was published Nov. 14 by the Southern Utah University Press, after two-and-a-half years of negotiations. His first book, The Taylor Ranch War, is set in southern Colorado.

Carmel Mawle's new collection, Habitation, was recently released by Lost Horse Press.

Stacy (Preblud) Robinson's debut novel, Surface, will be published March 1, 2015 by Kensington Books--and it's already getting great buzz! She began the book in one of Andrea Dupree's classes and polished it in many of William Haywood Henderson's workshops. Check out her website for more details: 

Advance reviewer's copies of Rose Seemann's book, The Pet Poo Pocket Guide: How to Safely Compost and Recycle Pet Waste, are making the rounds. The guide will be published this spring.

Nancy Sharp's memoir Both Sides Now, which originated at Lighthouse, was named a Finalist for best memoir in the USA Best Book Awards. This is the book's sixth award! Nancy Sharp will discuss her award-winning memoir at New York's 92nd Street Y on December 8.

Rebecca Snow’s debut novel, Glassmusic, is out! She would like to thank her Lighthouse novel instructors Cort McMeel, Doug Kurtz, and William Haywood Henderson for their amazing teaching and also her fellow Lighthouse writers for all their input and support. Look for readings and events at

Seth Brady Tucker's new book is officially out from Gival press and is available as ebook or print at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Also, check out this interview with Seth from StorySouth



Cathy Bell’s got an essay, “Cold Blue," in the Sunday Rumpus

Benjamin Dancer is on a roll, publishing two provocative articles this month: one in the Humanist on the Jeffco student walkouts and another for the Denver Post on the epidemic of school shootings.

Alis Gaston’s essay, “In an Age of Science,” has just come out in this anthology

Jennifer Gill's short story has been published in the current edition of Girls' World Magazine under the pen name J. Duddy Gill.

Linda Keyes' story, "The Surgeon's Territory," was awarded the 2014 American College of Emergency Physician's Medical Humanities Award for Writing. The story was published in TRIVIA:Voices of Feminism. Congratulations Linda!

Book Project mentor Erika Krouse learned that her story, “The Pole of Cold,” will come out in One Story in the winter.

Jennie MacDonald's essay "Working from Home: Playwright Robert Jephson's Theatrical Networking" has been published in Social Networks in the Long Eighteenth Century, due out in hardcover from Cambridge Scholars Publishing on December 13th.

Carmel Mawle's interview with revolutionary poet, translator, and scholar Sam Hamill appears in the Fall issue of KNOT Literary Magazine

Robert McBrearty's collection of short stories A Night at the Y, first published in 1999, is being republished by Colorado's own extraordinary Conundrum Press, scheduled for November 2014.

Two poems by Kimberly McClintock appear in the current issue of Glassworks, and a short essay about the genesis of the poems appears online in their "Looking Glass" feature.

Colleen O'Laughlin's essay, "Changing Course on the Camino," has been published in the fall issue of Women's Adventure Magazine.

Kristin Pazulski just landed a cover story at Westword! Read her article on homelessness in Denver here

Book Project mentor Laura Pritchett has an essay out in the November issue of O Magazine, and just sent in her next novel, due out from Counterpoint in June 2015!

Member Nancy Sharp kicked off the Jewish Book Fair in Denver on October 23 with her book Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living, winner of five literary awards.

Whitney Templeton's flash essay, "Grind," is forthcoming in Prime Number Magazine, and her essay, "Body Cavities," was named Runner Up for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and will be published in Bellingham Review in 2015.

Kudos to Ann Tinkham, whose essay, "Ode to the Archipelago," is featured in the October issue of Synchronized Chaos. She wrote the piece as an exercise in Shari Caudron's Intermediate Personal Narrative workshop. Ann also has a short story, "The Great Pumpkin Caper," in the forthcoming anthology, Autumn Magic, published by Durham Editing and E-Books.

Gail Waldstein, M.D. had a short fiction piece, "Penumbra," published online in Bluestem Magazine in September and it will be republished in Kaleidoscope in 2015.  What's more, her poem "the k sound" will appear in So to Speak this autumn.

Shirley Wilsey's poem "Three and a Break," written and read at Grand Lake 2014, is being choreographed and will be performed as a poem/dance at "Let's Tap," a celebration of National Tap Dance Day in Denver in May 2015.