Second Quarter Kudos 2016


Member Randi Samuelson-Brown has signed a contract for The Beaten Territory, a frontier novel, with Five Star Press. Special thanks goes to Bill Henderson and participants of the Advanced Novel Workshop (multiple sessions) and Novel Bootcamp, Shana Kelly, and Eleanor Brown. 

Member Emily Perez's first full-length book of poetry, House of Sugar, House of Stone, is now available.   

L.S. Hawker's debut novel, The Drowning Game, is a finalist in the ITW 2016 Thriller Awards for Best First Novel. Hawker's second HarperCollins Witness Impulse thriller, Body and Bone, was released in May.

Member Marj Hahne has a poem, "Unfound Love Note," featured in the new anthology, The Doll Collection

Instructor Joy Roulier Sawyer's new book of poetry, Tongues of Men and Angels, is now out from White Violet Press. She workshopped the book in a Lighthouse class with Chris Ransick.

Young Writers Program instructor Candace Kearns Read will have her memoir, The Rope Swing, published by Silver Boomer Books this summer. She is very grateful for the support of the Lighthouse community.

Tom Wood's book, Trading Steel for Stone: Tales of a Rustbelt Refugee Turned Rocky Mountain Rescuer, is available now from Big Earth Publishing.

Marsha Walker's first book of stories, Big Sandy, was recently published by OpenEye Press. 


Lighthouse program director Andrea Dupree was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship to work on her novel-in-progress.

Instructor Alexander Lumans won the 2015 Wabash Fiction Prize, judged by Janet Burroway, from Sycamore Review for his story "Bullet O'clock."

Kim O'Connor, Lighthouse's Young Writers Program director, is a finalist for the 2016 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize for her piece, "Early Pleistocene Horses."  

Member Kerry Booth was the runner-up in the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Contest.

Instructor Rebecca Berg's novel, The Brick Thieves, was the runner-up for the 2016 Juniper Novel Prize.

Member Whitney Templeton's essay, "Body Cavities," which was printed in issue 70 of the Bellingham Review last spring, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Member Maura Weiler received the Colorado Authors' League annual award in mainstream fiction for her debut novel, ContritionContrition also recently received the 2016 Catholic Press Association Novel Award. 

Member Sharon Cairns Mann’s short story, “Knife River Flint,” won the Colorado Authors’ League annual award in short fiction. It was published in Rozlyn: Short Fiction for Women and Tesserae: A Mosaic of Story in 2015. This is the second year in a row Sharon has won in the short fiction category. Sharon started this story while taking a class from Robert McBrearty.

Instructor Erika Krouse's novel, Contenders, was recently named a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Erika has also accepted a visiting faculty position in the Ashland University low-residency MFA program (but she will continue teaching at Lighthouse and living in Colorado, as usual). 

Kristin Leclaire's essay, "Portraits," won first place for nonfiction in the Arapahoe Community College Writers Studio contest. She thanks Brad Wetzler's and Kathryn Eastburn's workshops for inspiring and revising the piece. 

Additionally, Quinn Rennerfeldt's poem, "But what if the blood is a bone thing," won the ACC Writers Studio contest for poetry.

Young Authors Collective member Ellen Huggins was accepted into the University of Iowa's Between the Lines program. She'll take part in the program's Russian/Arabic session, spending two weeks this summer with young writers from across the United States, Russia, the Middle East, and North Africa.  

Member Michele Finn Johnson's flash fiction, "DJ's Addictions," drafted in Jessica Roeder's online hybrid forms workshop, made Wigleaf's Top 50 Longlist for stories in 2016.

Roxanne Banks Malia, Young Writers Program outreach coordinator, received a fellowship to Sarah Lawrence College & Mayapple Center's week-long summer intensive, The Art of Losing: Writing Against Disaster, led by Cate Marvin, which focused on how artists and writers approach climate change through their art without creating forcibly political overtones.

Taylor Bratches's poem was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize.

Chris Walker received the Child Welfare League's Anna Quindlen Award for his Westwordstory on Colorado's child welfare caseworkers


Michael Henry, executive director at Lighthouse, had a short article, "Accidental Progress," in the April issue of The Writer. He also has a short essay, "Me Tarzan, You Dad," in the May/June issue of Pilcrow & Dagger.  

Book Project alum Shawna Ervin had three essays published this spring: "Beyond Facts: Truth in Fiction" in Moon City Review, "Spinning True" inWillow Review, and "Tobacco and Grace" in Superstition Review.

Instructor Jenny Wortman's story, "This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love," which was workshopped in Steve Almond's Lit Fest juried workshop a couple of summers ago, will appear in The Normal School. Jenny thanks Steve and her classmates for their eye-opening wisdom.

Lighthouse instructor Karen Palmer had an excerpt, "The Reader is the Protagonist," from her memoir-in-progress published in the spring issue of Virginia Quarterly Review.

Member Lauranna Johnson's poem, "Don't Go," was published in the March/April issue ofColorado Life Magazine.

Member Linda Keyes had her essay, "Powder," published in the online version of Sport Literate in February.

Instructor Alexander Lumans had his essay, "Always Afraid, Always Alone: On Writing and the Zombie Inside Us," published on Electric Lit. He also has a new fiction/nonfiction piece, Timor Mortis Conturbat Me, in the journal Covered With Fur and an essay onAmerican Short Fiction's blog, "At the Mountains of Loneliness." 

Book Project member Corie Rosen had a short story, "An Object in Motion," appear in the March issue of Two Cities Review. Her interview (in which she talks about the many good and literary things going on in Denver) is featured on episode six of the magazine's podcast.

Instructor Jenny Shank's short story, "L'Homme De Ma Vie," appears in issue 15 of Barrelhouse

Lighthouse program coordinator Laura I. Miller has stories forthcoming in Denver QuarterlyPassages North, and Shirley. Excerpts from her flash fiction project, The Slaughter, which she workshopped in Chris Kondrich’s Online Flash Forms class, appeared in Entropy

Entropy published Book Project alum Susanna Donato's flash essay, "There is no main mixtape (after my life)," which originated from an exercise in Richard Froude's hybrid and experimental forms class.

Book Project alum Ted McCombs had his story, “Friend of the Indians,” published in Guernica.

Instructor Amanda Rea's essay will appear in the next issue of Freeman’s. (Amanda will read at the Freeman's issue release party on October 1, hosted at Lighthouse, following a craft talk by John Freeman.)

Michele Finn Johnson's essay, "Finding Neutrinos," originally (rough) drafted at Lighthouse's Grand Lake Retreat, was published by Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment. Her flash fiction, "House Rules," was published in Split Lip Magazine. And her short story, "School Lessons," drafted in Jessica Roeder's online hybrid and unexpected forms workshop, will be published in the Indianola Review's fall 2016 print issue. Michele thanks Jessica for being a superstar instructor!

Instructor and Book Project mentor Erika Krouse had her short story, "The Pole of Cold" (originally published in One Story) reprinted in the literary travel journal, Nowhere Magazine. Her prose sonnet, "Mother," was recently published in the U.K. letterpress journal, Ragged Lion.

Book Project alum Kelly Thompson is curating a new series at The Rumpus called Voices of Addiction, showcasing the multiple voices and narratives of addiction and the lives it touches. She encourages Lighthousers to submit their personal narratives. Additionally, Kelly has an essay, "Kelly in the Cemetery," in DoveTales and another essay, "Doing Laundry," in Entropy.  

Instructor Jessica Roeder has new poems in AGNINinth Letter, and the Ilanot Review. A flash memoir of hers also appeared on the Prairie Schooner blog.

Member Gillie English Bishop's essay, "Defense Against the Dark Arts," was published on in June. A Lighthouse writing group critiqued an early draft.

Member Rebecca Aronauer's "Haiku Story" was published in the Columbia Review. This would not have happened without instructor Alexander Lumans's help in his advanced short story workshop and the many suggestions Lighthouse member Mike Fehrenbacher gave. 

R.L. (Rachel) Maizes's story "Tattoo" was accepted by Bellevue Literary Review.

Member Julie Vick had an essay, "The Best Parenting Advice I've Heard," published on Brain, Child and a short humor piece, "The Writer's Index," published on theBrevity blog.

Young Writers Program director Kim O'Connor had a poem, "Kali Kali Kali," published inBODY