Second Quarter Kudos 2018


Diane Bell’s new book, Shoot From the Heart, will be published in October 2018. The release party is scheduled for 8:00 PM at Tattered Cover on November 7.

Lighthouse Young Writers Program instructor Andrea Bobotis's debut novel, The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, is forthcoming from Sourcebooks in summer 2019.

Instructor Juan Morales’s newest collection, The Handyman’s Guide to End Times, will be available in September 2018.   

Lighthouse Instructor Mark Mayer’s book, The Aerialists, is now available for pre-order. It'll be published in February 2019 from Bloomsbury.  

Instructor Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s first book, Sabrina & Corina, will be published on April 2, 2019 by One World/Penguin Random House. Pre-order the book today!

Lighthouse instructor Elizabeth Robinson’s new book of poems, Rumor, is out from Parlor Press. She has creative nonfiction forthcoming in Conjunctions and poetry forthcoming in the Colorado Review and the Bennington Review.

Instructor Joy Sawyer’s latest poetry collection, Lifeguards, will be published this fall by Conundrum Press. She workshopped this book long ago in one of Chris Ransick's master poetry classes.

Lighthouse member Ona Marae's first novel, Gum for Graciewill be published by Flashpoint Publications on July 1st. This novel was first workshopped in Doug Kurtz's workshop.

Member Judith Gelt's memoir, Reckless Steps to Sanity, will be released by University of New Mexico Press in early February 2019. She can often be heard asking, "How would I have written a book that's being published without Lighthouse?" 

Member Joe Masi’s poetry chapbook, “Poetica de Poetica: A Primer,” will be published this fall by Prolific Press. Joe has studied poetry with both Chris Ransick and Joy Roulier Sawyer, and is 88 years young. This is his first book.

Member Sunny Weber recently published her third book of nonfiction: City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette. Her fourth book, the middle-grade fiction Hurricane Dog: A Tale of Betrayal, Redemption & Change, is in editing and illustration. Her first book,Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs, is selling in places as far away as Australia & New Zealand (and hopefully saving many dogs' lives!).  

Program participant Marilyn Raff's cookbook/memoir, Nourished: A Memoir of Cooking and the Arts, was published in August. 



Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, Lighthouse Instructor, won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.

Instructor David J. Rothman’s poem "Kernels," which appeared this year inThe New Criterion, has won a Puschart Prize. 

Christopher Kondrich, online instructor, won a National Poetry Series award (chosen by past Lit Fest faculty Jericho Brown!).

Lighthouse instructor Robert McBrearty’s short story was a finalist in the Beloit Journal Fiction Contest, and his new collection of stories was a finalist for the Press 53 short story collection award. 

Lighthouse instructor and agent extraordinaire Shana Kelly was mentioned in an article about Prep in Entertainment Weekly.

Program coordinator Laura I. Miller's short story collection, We're Not Heroines, was a finalist for the Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize, judged by Lidia Yuknavitch. 

Lit Fest fellow Paul Tran won a Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship!

Book Project participant Dee Andrews’s short story, "The Enemy Within," was named on the Honorable Mention list for Glimmer Train's May/June Short Story Award for New Writers contest.

Book Project alumna Caitlin Plante received a residency at The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow and a residency at The Truro Center for the Arts at Edgewood Farm.

Book Project alumna Lois Levinson will be reading poems at BookBar on Saturday, September 1st.

The Young Authors Collective (YAC) seniors have announced their post-graduation plans for the fall: Aiyana Spear will attend Wellesley College, Madeline Dean will attend Vassar College, and Sierra Karas will attend Hampshire College.

Member Ray Kemble received a Silver Pen Writers 2018 Write Well Award for his story "Tell Him What?"

Member Jennie MacDonald’s audio play, “The Hall of Mirrors: Not Another Word,” has been awarded runner up in the 2018 Marion Thauer Brown Scriptwriting Competition.

Lighthouse member Madelyn Garner will be reading with instructor Elizabeth Robinson at Tattered Cover Colfax on Saturday, October 6.

Member Sunny Weber's middle-grade fiction, The Dog at the Gate: How a Throwaway Dog Becomes Special, just won two awards in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) EVVY Book Awards. It also received three very positive reviews this summer from Kirkus, Blue Ink, and Readers' Choice.

Jahla Seppanen, Lighthouse participant, has been accepted into the prestigious Breadloaf Writer's Conference this fall for her fiction piece, "Eat Her Heart."

Partcipant Paulette Fire's essay, "I Am Fat," received an honorable mention in Carve Magazine's Prose & Poetry Contest and appeared in the spring 2018 issue.



Lighthouse instructor Tiffany Quay Tyson has a piece, “Funny Women: Welcome to the Pink Peony, A Newsfeed for Women,” up on The Rumpus and a short story, "Now You See Me," in Smokelong Quarterly.

Instructor Paula Younger’s short story "Resurrecting Grandma" was published at The Southeast Review.

Instructor Elisa Gabbert's piece, "Is Compassion Fatigue Inevitable in an Age of 24-Hour News?,"was published by the Guardian Long Read.

Instructor Chip Livingston’s poem, "San Benito," was featured as's Poem of the Day.   

Lighthouse instructor Mark Mayer has a short story in the latest issue of American Short Fiction.

Instructor Carolina Ebeid has a new poem—"(bewitchingly out of the mouth)"—up at The Poetry Foundation.

Young Writers Program Outreach Coordinator Roxanne Banks Malia has two poems in the latest issue of DIAGRAM

Book Project alumna Christine Smith's untitled novel excerpt appeared in Alien, a journal exploring cultural identity and all things foreign.

Book Project participant Sue Gelber’s humorous short story, "Pills Like White Elephants," was published on McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Book Project participant Pavlos Stavropoulos's translation of Ursula Foskolou's "Outside" and "Upside down" were recently published in Exchanges: Journal of Literary Translation. He was also accepted into the Princeton Hellenic Translation Workshop in early May.

Lauren McCain, a Lighthouse member, had her first essay, “What Sharp Teeth You Have,” published in Guernica. She's grateful for feedback received in workshops taught by Seth Brady Tucker and John Cotter.

Lighthouse member Michelle Sleater’s short story, "Attrition," was published in Litmag.

Lighthouse member Judith Gelt’s creative nonfiction was published in Superstition Review (December 2016), ​Nashville Review (December 2017), and chosen for Best of Referential Magazine (December 2016). Every Experimental/Hybrid class has made these works successful. Judith thanks Lumans, Froude, Fletcher, and Denrow! 

Member Christina Rivera Cogswell's essay, “Four Circles,” was just published in the 2018 Issue of Bat City Review. It was workshopped and infinitely improved by the feedback of classmates and Sarah Manguso at Lit Fest 2017. It's her first published essay.

Lighthouse member Lucas Cardona published his first work of fiction, “My Magazine Life,” in The Coachella Review's summer 2018 issue.

Member Marta Lane’s piece, “It Takes a Village to Cook a Hawaiian Pig,” was published in Taste.

Member Bill Diamond's short story "Graffiti" was published in The MacGuffin. It was developed in Peter Stenson's Introduction to the Short Story class at Lighthouse. His short story "Feral Tumbleweeds" was published in The Haunted Traveler, and The Suisun Valley Review published his poem "Mall Rats."

Lighthouse member Michele Finn Johnson’s flash fiction, "Brittle Arms," was published by Necessary Fiction. Another, "Above Sea Level," was published in volume 23 ofCutThroat: A Journal of the Arts, and another, "Cruel Summer," was published in matchbook literary magazine. 

Member Jennie MacDonald's art photo, "Cat's Cradle," is featured in a two-page spread in 3elements Literary Review (July 2018).

Member Marisa Gwidt, published her essay, “For My Entire Childhood. My Mother Convinced Me I Was Dying.” (The early draft of which was workshopped in Eleanor Brown's memoir class through Lighthouse last fall.) 

Lighthouse member Karen Gonzales wrote a story, "Finding The Lady Llorona," that was be published in the summer (issue 5: Race-Class-Gender) by The Almagre Review, available here

Member Thomas DeConna will have a short story published in the online magazine Mobius. The story will appear from September 1 until November 30, 2018.

Member Peter Galligan's personal essay, "Take My Hand So I Can Walk," was published in issue #39 of Mud Season Review, accompanied by an author interview.