Third Quarter Kudos 2016


Instructor Chip Livingston’s novel Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death will be published by Lethe Press in February 2017.

Lighthouse Lit Fest instructor Wendy J. Fox’s debut novel, The Pull of It, was released on September 21. Get your signed copy and join her for a book launch party at BookBar, October 15, at 5:00 PM.

Young writers program instructor Candace Kearns Readpublished her memoir The Rope Swing in August 2016.

Frequent Lit Fest presenter (and dear friend of Lighthouse) Steven Schwartz has a new collection out: Madagascar: New & Selected Stories.  

Lighthouse member Teow Lim Goh's book Islanders received a write-up in PBS Newshour

Lighthouse member Lydia Reeder’s Dust Bowl Girls: A Team's Quest for Basketball Glory (Algonquin Books) will hit bookstores January 2017. She also recently joined Ari Berman, Elizabeth Lesser, and Chris Smith at the American Library Association conference in Orlando in a panel discussion titled "Reads Like Fiction: Nonfiction You Can't Put Down."

Lighthouse member Barry Sharcot has authored Boondocks Blues: A Coming of Age Memoir of Brotherhood, a humorous reminder to Boomers and Boomers-at-heart of the critical importance of close friendships.

Lighthouse member Bob Dodge had a new book released, Catherine Cater, his sixth, that is currently available from the publisher and Amazon. Hopefully it will be distributed in Colorado soon. He expresses appreciation to Rebecca Berg and her Work in Progresscourse for feedback on difficult passages in preparation of the manuscript.

Lighthouse member Tom Wood's humorous and insightful memoir Trading Steel for Stone: Tales of a Rustbelt Refugee Turned Rocky Mountain Rescuer was recently published by Big Earth Publishing. Tom signed books at the Boulder Book Store onThursday, September 15, and gave a short presentation about the highs and lows he's experienced as a volunteer mountain rescuer.

Shel Friedman just signed a publishing contract for his novel, The Velvet Prison. The book should be out in e-book and hardback by the end of the year. Another Lighthouse victory.

Member Jacqueline St. Joan’s first book of poetry, What Remains, was recently published by Turkey Buzzard Press. Re-stitching the Sky—her limited edition poem book, designed and printed by Denver letterpress master, Tom Parson—is available as a gift and may be used for educational purposes. Ziggies Blues Bar is hosting the launch of these books at an open party on October 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM with music, poetry readings, and performances. Green chile and dancing will also be involved. For more information on the book, visit


Lighthouse instructor Erika Krouse’s “The Pole of Cold,” which appeared last year in One Story, received a “distinguished story” nod in this year’s Best American Short Stories.  

Instructor and Book Project publishing mentor Shana Kelly has signed with Einstein Literary Management, where she’ll be a Denver-based literary agent.

Lighthouse instructor Seth Brady Tucker'sessay, "Mormon Boy Blues," was a finalist for the Lamar York prize from the Chattahoochee Review and will appear in the fall issue. His poem "All our Consequences, Like Heads" was also a finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review and was published last month. Seth also curated aVeteran Fiction issue for Pleiades, with a foreword, which appeared in their latest issue, and is a finalist for Narrative Magazine’sSpring 2016 Story Contest.

Lighthouse instructor John Cotter’s ghost story was longlisted for Best Horror Volume 8, edited by Ellen Datlow. The story originally appeared in New Genre #7.

New Lighthouse instructor Courtney E. Morgan's collection of short stories, The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, was a semi-finalist for the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize 2015 and will be published by FC2 Press in Spring 2017.

Young Writers Program instructor Jesaka Long’s script Poolside was named Second Rounder in the 2016 Austin Film Festival Drama Feature category.

Young Writers Program instructor Gail Waldstein's nonfiction collection, The Mother Factor, is short listed in the Faulkner Wisdom contest. And her Thornton High School student Taylor Lucio was a finalist in the Faulkner Wisdom short story contest for high school students.

Far-flung instructor Viet Dinh’s debut novel, After Disasters, made the Buzzfeed Fall 2016 must-read list.

Book Project member Amy Kolquist’s manuscript Kinetic took first place in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Gold Writing Contest for a Young Adult/Middle Grade novel.

Young Writers Program Director Kim O’Connor’s collection of poetry was a semi-finalist in the Crab Orchard Review’s contest.

Book Project member Anne Randolph's memoir collection, Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table, ranked #2 under New Kindle Books in Memoir and also #2 in Short Reads in July 2016. Stories by several Lighthouse members are included. The print version has sold over 5,000 books. Check it out.

Karin Belz’s novel, The Edge of Endings, was a Mainstream Fiction finalist in the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Contest. The idea for the novel was developed in Michael Catlin's Three-Day Storytelling Intensive. It was revised in Victoria Hanley's Getting Your Book in Shape: A Plot Workout, all the while being written and rewritten at her quiet desk in Writerspace (thanks Dan Manzanares).

Lighthouse member Cynthia Swanson is happy to announce that The Bookseller: A Novelhas won the 2016 WILLA Literary Award for Historical Fiction. The Bookseller also recently hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists!

Lighthouse member Sunny Weber’s book, Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs, has won first place in the "How To" category of the 2016 Colorado Independent Book Publishers (CIPA) EVVY Book Awards. The book also won a MERIT Award in the "Editing" category. This was a stiff competition with books submitted from all over the world.

Lighthouse member Jacqueline St. Joan's poem “The Left Margin” recently won a prize in the category of free verse in the Columbine Poetry Society’s annual contest. She was a featured poet sponsored by Traveling Gourds, September 6-8, during the Telluride Film Festival, with readings in Ridgway, Montrose, and Fruita.


Lighthouse instructor John Cotter had his essay "My Summer of Slam: Poetry, Tom Waits, and What Stays With You" published in Electric Literature, and his essay “Landscape Is Action” appears in The Smart Set.

Lighthouse instructor Amanda Rea's essay "Nola" appears in the current issue of FREEMAN’S. (She gave a reading from it on Saturday, October 1 at Lighthouse.)

Lighthouse instructor Paula Younger’s essay “Lying to My Son” appeared in The Manifest Station.

Lighthouse instructor Erika Krouse's short story "Lotus" was accepted for publication at Boulevard and will appear in their spring 2017 issue.

Lighthouse instructor Jessica Roeder had her story “Care” published in Storyscape Literary Journal.

It’s been quite the month for Lighthouse instructor Chip Livingston. His short story "Trés Fronteras" appears in the current issue of South Dakota Review. He also has three poems published at Cutbank magazine's annual online feature All Accounts and Mixture, and another of his legendary poems titled "You Would Have Killed Him Anyway" appears in the current issue of About Place Journal.

Instructor Jenny Wortman’s micro-essay "On Guilt" appears in River Teeth's online series, Beautiful Things. Other work is forthcoming in Swamp Ape Review and Out of the Gutteronline.

Book Project member Corie Rosen's short story "Small Enough for Easy Travel" was featured in Museum of Americana: A Literary Review. Special thanks to Lighthouser Lindsey Griffin for suggesting the submission and for providing invaluable editorial guidance. Her essay on the perils of mountain driving and marriage was also featured in the Museum of Americana as part of their celebration of American modes of transportation. (Please do not read while your vehicle is in motion, and remember to keep your hands, feet, and other objects inside the car at all times.)

Book Project member Erika Walker had her essay "Farewell to the Boy Wizard" published in the June issue of Literary Mama Magazine.

Book Project member Celeste Colgan's short story "Prevailing Wind" has been selected for publication in the forthcoming (November 2016) anthology: Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers.

Commissioned by The Denver Post to illustrate and write on site about Christo and Jeanne-Claude's current installation “The Floating Piers on Lago di Iseo” in Lombardy, Italy, Lighthouse member Sara Frances accidentally found herself hosted by the former President of the Lake (who knew nature could have a president), and connected with the Mayor of Iseo. Connections resulted in a front section guest-commentator story in Italy's most important regional newspaper, L'Eco di Bergamo.

Lighthouse member Linda Keyes' essay "Glorious Defeats" was published in the July issue of Hippocampus.

Lighthouse member Jennie MacDonald's adaptation of John Milton's early play, "Samson Agonistes," has been accepted by One Night Stand Theater. "Samson Agonizes" was presented during an evening of "Bible Stories!" at the Vintage Theatre on Sunday, August 7th, at 7:00 PM.

Program participant Michele Finn Johnson's flash fiction "The Mathematics of Aunt Dolly" was published in Corium Magazine's summer issue. Her short fiction "Safety" was published in SmokeLong Quarterly. Her SmokeLong author interview was a fine opportunity to shout out praise for Bill Henderson and Lighthouse.

Former program participant Josiah Hesse’s story “Runners High,” workshopped in Joel Warner's nonfiction workshop, was published in Suspect Press.

Lighthouse member Sydney Solis had her two poems "The Passion" and "Being, Then Nothingness" published in Shambhala Times Poetry Space Fall 2016.

Lighthouse member Sam DeLeo's short story "The Roll" has been accepted for publication in the November issue of Grub Street Grackle, a nonprofit, Dallas-based journal. He would like to thank Lighthouse and its many great teachers.

Lighthouse member Rachel Maizes has a new story, “Collections,” in Witness. She workshopped this story with Ursula Hegi and Rajesh Parameswaran at Bread Loaf, and at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop with Antonya Nelson. Big thanks to them, to all the workshop participants, and to Maegan Poland and Joseph Langdon, the wonderful editors at Witness.

Long-time member Kali Fajardo-Anstine had a short story (featuring Colfax Ave!), “All Her Names,” appear in the summer fiction issue of American Scholar.

Lighthouse member Julie Vick published a travel piece, “How To See Colorado Through an Author’s Eyes,” about some of Colorado's literary connections in AFAR.

Former program participant Jacqueline St. Joan has a poem, “Autumn in Five Parts,” in the current issue of FUNGI and in the Fungi Press Poetry Anthology.