Fourth Quarter Kudos 2017


Instructor Nick Arvin has a story, "The Interview," in the latest issue of McSweeney's.

Online instructor Jessica Roeder's story, "Wax," was published in the Kenyon Review

Instructor Amanda Rea's story, "Faint of Heart," appears in One Story. Check out her interview

Instructor Jennifer Itell has a short story, "The Dream Chaser," in the current issue of Crazyhorse.

Instructor Jennifer Wortman’s short story “Love You. Bye.” is in the Winter 2018 issue of Glimmer Train. Her flash fiction “As It So Happens” appears in the Fall 2017 issue of Vestal Review, and a set of microfictions, “Three Demonologies,” is in the December Occulum. She also had two flash essays published recently: “The Orphaned Adult” in The Collagist (first drafted in Jen Denrow’s online poetry workshop) and “No Ground” in Okey-Panky (first drafted in Jessica Roeder’s online experimental/hybrid workshop).

Instructor Angie Hodapp's short story "Afterlife" was published in Georgetown Haunts and Mysteries (Hex Publishers, August 2017), and her short story "Jane Doe Must Die" was published in Blood Business (Hex Publishers, November 2017).

Instructor Vicki Lindner had a short story, "Birds of the Black Canyon," published in the Bryant Literary Review

Book Project participant Stacy Mitchell Allen's short story "Little Punk" has been published in issue 24 of Subtropics. She would like to thank Book Project mentor Erika Krouse for her support, encouragement, and detailed lesson in the cut and paste method, instructor Jenny Wortman and her Online Intermediate/Advanced Fiction Workshop, and instructor Lindsey Drager for her feedback on the story given at Lit Fest 2017. 

Book Project alumna Kelly Thompson's interview of Alice Anderson about her memoir Some Bright Morning I'll Fly Away was published in Electric Literature in September 2017. She also had an interview with Gayle Brandeis, an interview with Haroon Moghul, and an interview with Rene Denfeld published on The Rumpus. Her poem "I, Too, Have Lain in the Grass," recently generated in Richard Froude's Experimental/Hybrid Forms class, will be published in the ongoing "Enough" series at The Rumpus as part of the #MeToo movement. And she'll have an interview with Terese Mailhot in Guernica winter 2018. 

Book Project alumna Shawna Ervin's essay, “Hymn,” was published in Apalachee Review's fall issue.

Member Eleanor Swanson has a publication in the Winter 2017 issue of The Missouri Review.

Member R.L. Maizes's story "A Cat Called Grievous" was accepted by Electric Literature's Required Reading. Thanks, Erika Krouse, for a rigorous critique of the story. 

Member Sarah Alderman’s poem "On Letting Go" has been published by Terrene Magazine in the Fall 2017 issue. 

Member Pavlos Stavropoulos's translation of Ursula Foskolou's "Chickens" was recently published in Asymptote Journal. "Chickens" is an excerpt from a book of flash fiction by Ursula Foskolou that Stavropoulos is translating from Modern Greek.

Member Bill Diamond's short story "Graffiti" was accepted for publication in the MacGuffin's Fall 2017 issue. The story was written in the Lighthouse Spring 2016 Introduction to Writing the Short Story class taught by Peter Stenson.

Member Deborah Kelly had multiple poems published: “Mushroom” in the Fall 2017 issue of Fungi Magazine, “Drama” in the December 2017 issue of Stonecoast Review, and upcoming “The Gamete” in the Spring 2018 issue of The Fourth Coast.

Member Jennie MacDonald's short story, "Patterned in Shadow," appears in a new anthology celebrating Shirley Jackson's short Gothic novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, published by Zoetic Press, Nonbinary Review.

Program participant Michele Finn Johnson's story, "Plan B," was published in Fiction Southeast in January; her flash fiction, “Birth Marks,” was published in MoonPark Review; and her short-listed flash fiction, "Returning to Karakong," was published in Bath Flash Fiction's print anthology, The Lobsters Run Free, in December.

Program participant Julie Vick had an essay published on in June. She first began working on it in Shari Caudron's travel writing class several years ago. Vick also published the essay in Washington Post's On Parenting blog that she worked on in Joel Warner's nonfiction class in the fall of 2016.

Program participant John Martin's story "Hot Springs" was recently published in Eclectica Magazine.


Lit Fest visiting author Daniel Goldfarb writes for the TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which won the Golden Globe Award for comedy series.

Instructor Alexander Lumans won an NEA fellowship in fiction.

Instructor Amanda Rea’s story in Harper's was mentioned in the NY Times (in the cooking section, in an article about meatball salad, but still... snuck in the back door!).

Instructor Jennifer Wortman’s poem “On Maggie” tied for third place in the concīs Pith of Poem & Prose contest. JMWW Journal nominated her flash fiction “Hooded” for Best Small Fictions 2018.

Instructor Jenny Shank's short story “L'Homme de Ma Vie,” originally published in Barrelhouse, received a Special Mention in the 2018 Pushcart Prize anthology.

Instructor Erika Krouse's short story “When in Bangkok” received a Special Mention for the 2018 Pushcart Prize.

Book Project alumna Anna Stull won a coveted Hedgebrook residency on Whidbey Island, where she’s working away in her cabin next to the fire.

Book Project alumna Kelly Thompson’s essay "Lineage" was in the top 10 most popular of 2017 at Entropy this past year. Additionally, she will be moderating a panel at AWP 2018: "Destruction and Creation: Addiciton, Recovery, and Writing" with Melissa Febos, Terese Mailhot, Vanessa Martir, and Rob Roberge.

Member Sarah Adleman recently received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train for her short story "The Ambiguous Death of My Father."

Member and long-time workshopper Mary Foley has signed with Joanna MacKenzie from Nelson Literary Agency. They met at Lit Fest 2017.

Member Petra Perkins is on two short lists, for essay and novella, in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom writing competition. She was published in the July 4th "Reader's Report" in The Rumpus and in the Colorado Independent (news poetry). Petra's latest essay in Huffington Post is about meeting disabled women at the historic Women's March on Washington.  

Member Bill Diamond's short story "The End of the World. Not.," originally published in the Eastern Iowa Review's SmartApocalypse Issue, was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. 

Program participant Michele Finn Johnson received two Pushcart Prize nominations for her short fiction. Lost Balloon nominated her story “Born Again,” and JMWW Journal nominated “Word Search” for a Pushcart. She also received three nominations for Best Small Fictions 2018 for "Born Again," “Save Us From Extinction,” and “The Erratic Flight Patterns of Bats” from Lost BalloonWhiskeyPaper, and Adroit Journal.

Program participant Charles Coleman won the Arapahoe Community College Writers 2016 Studio Literary Contest in the Prose category. His piece “Otters” was published in ACC's literary journal, Progenitor.


Lighthouse instructor Tiffany Q. Tyson's new novel, The Past Is Never, comes out next month.

Member and Lit Fest instructor Cynthia Swanson's new novel, The Glass Forest, just came out to rave responses

Lighthouse instructor Diana Nguyen has a new book, Ghost Of, coming out from Omnidawn in April. 

Member R.L. Maizes's short story collection, We Love Anderson Cooper, and novel, Other People’s Pets, were acquired by Celadon Books (Macmillan). Lighthouse instructor Erika Krouse critiqued the collection. Thank you, Erika!!!

Lantern Books published Lighthouse member Bill Hatcher's memoir, Principles of Flight: Flying Bush Planes Through a World of War, Sexism, and Meat. This work is a sequel to his nationally reviewed first memoir, The Marble Room.

Member Robert Dodge's seventh nonfiction book, Tempest-Tost, was released in December. It tells the story of refugees who have settled in the Denver area.

Longtime member Ellen Fisher published her book Hill's Gold.

Program participant John Tinnell's new book on technology and culture, Actionable Media: Digital Communication Beyond the Desktop, was published in November by Oxford University Press.