Third Quarter Kudos 2014


Huge congrats to Nick Arvin ("City of Mary" published in the Missouri Review), Regina Drexler("Stealing Mannequins" published in West Branch), and Lia Woodall ("Torn in Two" published in theSouth Loop Review), whose stories and essays are recognized on The Best American Short Stories andEssays notables list! 

Double Kudos: to Jesaka Long and Jenny Taylor-Whitehorn, whose screenplays have both been named as Second Rounders in the 2014 Austin Film Festival's Screenplay & Teleplay Competition.

Lighthouse young writer instructor Andrea Bobotis is the runner-up for the 2014 James Jones First Novel Fellowship with her manuscript, The Middlings.

Joel Sayres' short story "180 Nights" was selected as the fiction winner in the Denver Bar Association's 2014 Arts & Literature Contest after appearing in the DBA publication, The Docket.



We're holding in our hot little hands the advanced reviewer's copy of Cynthia Swanson's The Bookseller, coming out early next year from Harper. She started taking workshops back when Lighthouse was in the loft, and we're thrilled to see her book available for pre-order.

Speaking of pre-order, Lighthouse instructor Ben Whitmer's new novel, Cry Father, hits shelves in mid-September! Don't dawdle and hit order as soon as humanly possible—but brace yourself for a rough-and-tumble ride.

Up for release in September, workshopper and board member Jody Berger's memoir, Misdiagnosed: One Woman's Tour of—and Escape from—Healthcareland, will be talk of the town on Tuesday, September 23, when she'll be reading at the Tattered Cover Colfax

Three cheers for Lighthouser Joyce Vandever, whose memoir The Nun, the Pope, and the Wind has been published by America Star Books.

Laura Kasinof's memoir, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen, will be released October 7!

Phyllis Barber's book, To the Mountain, One Mormon Woman's Search for Spirit, hit number one onQuest Book's 20 Bestsellers List

Lydia Gil's bilingual middle-grade novel, Letters from Heaven / Cartas del Cielo, will be released on October 31.



Nick Arvin, who's interviewing George Saunders on September 20, contributed a captivating piece about street art to Colorado Public Radio

So proud to hear from Lit Fester Jon Riccio that his wonderful poems, workshopped in Mark Doty's juried class, got picked up by Cutbank!

Check out this riveting book trailer for instructor Rachel Weaver's novel, Point of Direction.

Lydia Gil's story "El estreno de Nina" appeared in the July/August issue of Iguana magazine.

Huzzah for Cara Lopez Lee, whose creative nonfiction piece "Which Words Come Last" is featured in the latest issue of Rivet, "the journal of writing that risks."

Jennifer Wortman's flash-fiction piece "The Speech" appears in the latest issue of PANK.

Instructor Alexander Lumans, back from a summer of residencies and a stint as the Philip Roth writer-in-residence at Bucknell, has stories in Triquarterly and Tupelo Quarterly!

Lori Ella Miller had the chance to interview actor Jeff Bridges and write a feature story on him and the Awakened World Film Fest in Science of Mind magazine.

Congrats, too, to Kristin Pazulski, who's had several bylines at Westword lately!

Alisa A. Gaston-Linn will have essays appear in two anthologies: Untold Stories to be published in October, and Homes coming out in spring 2015. Congrats!

A selection of poems from Teow Lim Goh's manuscript on the Angel Island Immigration Station will appear in the December issue of PANK.

In October, Abby Templeton-Greene will have 10 poems, written in both Spanish and English, inCalyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women.

Kathleen Willard is brimming with good news: 
- her poem "Theory of Flight, Circa 1709" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
- her poem "Fracking" was published in the Fort Collins Courier
- and  she received a Colorado Creative Industries Career Development Grant to support her residency at Vermont Studio Center for her installation piece on Emily Dickinson!

Laura Kasinof's article "Between Tradition and Modernity" appeared in Guernica!

Kudos to Rachel Maizes, whose essay “Not My Birthday” will be published during the holiday season inMoment, a Jewish content magazine started by Elie Weisel. And her essay “The Blessing Bee” is featured in August's Spirituality & Health magazine.

Congrats to program assistant Kate Barrett, whose story "30 Dollars" will appear in the September/October issue of Thuglit Magazine. She wrote the story for Benjamin Whitmer's noir workshop and owes the publication to him and the rest of the fantastic writers in the class.

Phyllis Barbar's essay "Bounty" appears in the new anthology, Utah Reflections: Story from the Wasatch Front, and her essay "Great Basin DNA" will appear in the fall Issue of Weber: The Contemporary West.

Kudos to JL Fields, whose essay "A Well Rounded Vegan" appeared in Running, Eating, Thinking: A Vegan Anthology. Fields is the vegan dining reviewer for Colorado Springs Gazette and her next book,Vegan Pressure Cooking, will be released in January.



In November, instructor Steven Wingate's digital lyric memoir daddylabyrinth, which you can read online (for now), will be exhibited at the 14th annual International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling in Singapore.