Third Quarter Kudos 2017


Instructor Selah Saterstrom's new book Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics was published by Essay Press. 

Instructor Tiffany Quay Tyson's second novel, The Past Is Never, will be available in March 2018. 

Instructor Nick Arvin's new novel, Mad Boy, will be published by Europa Editions in June. 

Instructor Kali Fajardo-Anstine's novel and collection of short stories will be published by One World.

Member and guest instructor Sara Jade Alan has released her debut young adult novel. A Messy Beautiful Life is about a teen improviser who faces a heartbreaking diagnosis by entering a standup comedy contest and falling in love. 

Book Project alumna Katie Peterson has signed with agent Martha Millard of Sterling Lord Literistic, whom she met at Lit Fest 2016.

Lighthouse member Cristina Trapani-Scott had her first chapbook published by Finishing Line Press in 2017 titled, The Persistence of a Bathing Suit.

Member Randi Samuelson-Brown released her latest historical fiction work,The Beaten Territory.

Member and long-time workshopper Mary Foley has signed with an agent from Nelson Literary Agency.

Trent Hudley's collection of stories, One of These Days, was published in June.  

Member Madelyn Garner's poetry collection, Hum of Our Blood, was published by 3: A Taos Press. 

Stephanie Harper, a friend of Lighthouse, has a new poetry collection titled, Sermon Series, out now from Finishing Line Press.

Program participant Suzanne Blanchard's book, a memoir titled Doctor, Doctor, had its first reading in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Program participant Rhoda Miller translated Contemporary China: Between Mao to Market by Francois Godement.


Past Writer's Studio guest Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

George Saunders, another past Writer's Studio guest, was awarded the Man Booker Prize.  

Jennifer Egan (Writer's Studio 2013) and Min Jin Lee(Lit Fest 2018) are finalists for the National Book Awardin fiction. 

Instructor Alexandre Philippe's film 78/72 debuted at Sie FilmCenter this past weekend. Check out his appearance on Charlie Rose and his beautiful write-up in the New York Times for more buzz on this great film.

Instructor Jenny Shank's novel, The Ringer, has been chosen for the 2017 Wheat Ridge Reads community reading program.

Book Project alumna Susanna Sener was awarded first place for Women's Contemporary Fiction in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. 

Member Jennie MacDonald's script, The St. Nicholas Caper, has been awarded first place in the fifth annual Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition.

Member Kevin Finucane is the 2017 winner of Conium Review's Innovative Short Fiction Contest for his submission of "I am Me."

Member Linda Keyes' story "Relief Work" won honorable mention in the Glimmer Train family matters contest.

Member Michele Finn Johnson's flash fictions "Born Again" and “House Rules,” along with her short story "Word Search," have been nominated for Best of the Net 2017 by Lost Balloon Magazine, JMWW Journal, and Split Lip Magazine. Her short story "School Lessons," which started as an exercise in Jessica Roeder's online hybrid workshop, was the runner up in Noble/Gas Quarterly's Birdwhistle Prize for short fiction. 

The blog written by member Susanna Speier, The Denver Private Investigator Blog, was rated fourth-best private investigator blog in the country by the trade publication PI Now. She's grateful for everything she's learned from Joel Warner's nonfiction workshops. 

Ellen Nordberg's essay, "At Least Your Hair Looks Gorgeous," was performed by Stories on Stage in their May "Motherhood Out Loud" show. Ellen was also a Colorado Authors' League essay award finalist for her piece "Telling My Twins Their Birth Story Changed Their Relationship." She is always grateful to the many Lighthouse instructors and staff members who have offered support. 

Sandra Windsor's debut memoir, The FBI Wife, was recently awarded recognition for excellence in Family and Relationships from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Sandra is a longtime participant in Lighthouse workshops and classes and credits her growth as a writer to her support from outstanding instructors.

Member Amie Sharp performed as a Juried Poet at the Houston Poetry Fest in October. Her poem, "The Spectacle," also appears in the fall 2017 issue of the Saint Katherine Review.


Lighthouse instructor and Book Project Mentor Erika Krouse recently had a short story, "Lotus," published in the spring issue of Boulevard. Her essay, "Comfort Woman," appeared on's "Mental States" issue in September. Other short stories are forthcoming in The Iowa Review and The Alaska Quarterly.

Instructor and past Fort Lyon Fellow John Cotter had an essay published in Guernica.

Instructor Jennifer Wortman had two flash fictions come out this summer: "Hooded" in JMWW Journal and "Willing" in Hobart. Her poem "Sans" appeared in concis and a flash essay, "Worst-Case Scenario," first drafted in Jessica Roeder's online experimental/hybrid class, appeared in DIAGRAM.  

Instructor Amanda Rea has stories forthcoming in One Story and Harper's

Instructor Jenny Itell has essays "Walking on the Moon" and "Returning to Terabitha" forthcoming in Colorado Review and Witness, and a short story, "The Dream Chasers," coming out in Crazyhorse

Young Writers Program instructor Alison Preston's story "Family Planning" was published in Manslaughter Review. The story never would have been written without Benjamin Whitmer's noir class, and she is forever indebted to him and the class members for their help and encouragement.

Young Writers Program instructor Gail Waldstein has a poem titled "What Goes" published in Kaleidoscope.  

Current Book Project member Stacy Allen has a short story forthcoming in Subtropics

Book Project alumna Shawna Ervin's essay, "Piano," was published this summer in Front Porch. She began the essay in Brad Wetzler's class.

Book Project alumna Evelyn Becker's essay, "Words that Hurt: The Arrow, Shot, Cannot be Called Back," was accepted to Lilith magazine and will be featured in their fall 2017 issue in honor of domestic violence awareness month. The piece is adapted from a chapter of her memoir.

Poetry Book Project graduate Connie Zumpf's poems, "I know you're there—" and, "Tuesday Mermaids," were recently published in the spring/summer issue of Medical Literary Messenger. Another poem, "Grace and the TSA," was published in the August issue of Christian Century.  

Poetry Book Project alumna Martha Kalin's poem, "Cave of Hands," was published in Inklette. The poem was written in a weekend workshop with John Brehm as part of the Poetry Book Project. "Myrtle Along the Steps" and "Brief Feather" also conceived as part of the Book Project, are forthcoming in Hospital Drive, a publication of the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Book Project alumna Corie Rosen's poem, "Madonna for the Damned," will be reprinted in the anthology I Just Wanna Testify: Poems about Detroit Music, edited by Jim Daniels and published by Michigan State University Press

Member Rebecca Swanson has a piece up in the New York Times. She'd like to thank Steve Almond for the most honest and intense two days of instruction she's ever had during his weekend intensive at Lit Fest.

Member Robert McBrearty's stories have recently been accepted for publication by Missouri Review and both are tentatively scheduled for winter issues. He also had a short story published in Literary Juice and another story accepted for publication in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Member Rebecca Aronauer's story, "Morning People," was recently published in Fiction Southeast; she workshopped it with Steve Almond during Lit Fest in 2016. Thanks to all other Lighthouse readers, including Mike Fehrenbacher and Corey Dahl.

Member Linda Keyes' story, "The Search," appeared in the June issue of Page & Spine. Her story was helped by the insight of Erika Krouse and her advanced fiction workshop.

Longtime member Alisa A. Gaston has a short story, "Fragments and Pieces," published in Prism Review Issue 19. She wrote it the second time she attended the Grand Lake Retreat, shelved the story, then recently pulled it out again to submit. She is always grateful to the Lighthouse instructors for their invaluable guidance: Michael Henry, Andrea Dupree, William Haywood Henderson, Jennifer Itell, and others. 

Member Michele Finn Johnson's flash fiction, "Gravitational Waves," was published in The Jellyfish Review. Michele drafted the piece in Jessica Roeder's online hybrid workshop. Her piece "Save Us From Extinction" was published by WhiskeyPaper. Her story, "Returning to Karakong," was short-listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and will be published in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, due out at the end of 2017. 

Member Connie Boyle's poem, "Like a Seam," a finalist in the Dogwood 2017 Literary Prizes, was published in Dogwood Vol. 16, spring 2017. Two sections in the poem were started in Jessica Roeder's hybrid class.

Flash fiction by member Vicki Oehring titled, "Fat Girl," was selected as one of four fiction pieces for publication in the 2017 issue of Progenitor. This is her first publication and Lighthouse instructors continue to help her refine her craft.

Member Jennie MacDonald's article leads the winter 2017 issue of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research. It's titled “Is this my native country?: Reviving Elizabeth Inchbald’s Every One Has His Fault in Postcolonial Philadelphia." Her short poem, "An Eye," and photograph were published by Her Heart Poetry on their Instagram page. Jennie's photographs "Inspire" and "Madea" were published in Obra/Artifact's Mythos issue.  

Longtime workshopper Morgan Smith's short story, "Messenger of God," was selected as a finalist in the Machigonne Fiction Contest and will be published in The New Guard Volume VII.

Program participant Cameron Snyder's flash-essay, "American Cheese," was published in BULL Fiction. The piece was written as an exercise in the Advanced Short Story workshop led by Amanda Rea.

Former workshopper Brynn Downing's first essay was published in Prairie Schooner this summer.

Former program participant Lauranna Johnson's short story, "A Ticket to Savor," appears in the fall 2017 issue of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change.