Upcoming Events

Friday 500: "Vocabulary of Forms"
Friday, February 12, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street
When it came to his painting process Joan Miro spoke about his need to create a personal "vocabulary of forms". What does he mean by that and how as writers can we benefit from creating a vocabulary of forms for our own projects? En route to trying to answer these questions, we'll discuss the concepts of embedded forms and gesamtkunstwerk. We'll also take a look at how all these ideas relate to publishing. Come for the wine, stay for the gesamtkunstwerk.

Free Writing Lab for grades 3-8
Monday, February 15, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Join us for a free morning of creative writing led by teen members of Lighthouse's Young Authors Collective and facilitated by instructor Jesaka Long. You'll have the chance to participate in a variety of activities, including visual writing, creative nonfiction, and making your own zine, plus you'll have time to freewrite whatever you want or work on a piece-in-progress. Bring a notebook and a lunch, and Lighthouse will provide a snack. RSVP to kim@lighthousewriters.org

[Collaboration with the Art Students League of Denver]
Thursday, February 18, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Poetry Reading with Albert Garcia, Chris Ransick, and Elizabeth Robinson
Saturday, February 20, 4:00 to 5:30 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Following his craft seminar That First Phrase—Practice in Starting Your Poems, visiting poet Albert Garcia will read from new and selected poems. Joining him are Lighthouse faculty members Chris Ransick and Elizabeth Robinson. Light refreshments and drinks provided. Come spend the evening listening to and being inspired by contemporary poets at Lighthouse! Free and open to the public.

Drop-In Writing: Thirteen Ways of Looking
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, February 23, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1

Friday 500
Friday, February 26, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

The Draft, 29.0
Saturday, February 27, 6:00 to 8:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Lighthouse Presents: Making the Mountain
Friday, March 4, 6:00 to 8:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Presenters:
Alexandre O. Philippe, Filmmaker
Jennifer Louise Tillery, Vaux Vintage
Jolt, Graffiti Artist

Michael Ondaatje Book Talk
[Collaboration with Tattered Cover Book Store]
Saturday, March 5, 5:00 to 6:30 PM
@Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue
Join Lighthouse faculty member Jenny Wortman for a free community book talk on The English Patient—the best known of Michael Ondaatje's books—in preparation for his Writer’s Studio visit on March 19 and 20. Wortman will give a brief introduction on Ondaatje's life and work and then turn the floor over to discussion, focusing on his innovative, poetic craft techniques. This will be a fun and free-ranging conversation, open to the public, all Lighthouse members, and their guests.  (Note: Ondaatje will NOT be attending this free event, although he will be at Lighthouse's Writer's Studio weekend, March 19 and 20.)

Monday Writing Hours
Monday, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor, 1515 Race Street

Friday 500
Friday, March 11, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Willfully Submit
Saturday, March 12, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
@Lighthouse Attic, 1515 Races Street

The English Patient Screening + Talk Back
[Collaboration with Sie FilmCenter and D-phi (Metro State University)]
Sunday, March 13
3:00, happy hour in Sie Lounge
4:00 to 7:00, screening and talk back
@Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Avenue
This Academy Award-winning film is based on Ondaatje's best-selling novel. Experts from Lighthouse and D-phi (MSU Denver) will offer cinematic, literary, and historical perspectives on the film immediately following the screening. Tickets at denverfilm.org or (720) 381-0813.

Poetry Out Loud: State Finals
Tuesday, March 15
@Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway

Art + Lit: Dracula, by Bram Stoker & Henri Fuseli's The Nightmare
[Collaboration with the Art Students League of Denver]
Thursday, March 17, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
@Art Students League, 200 Grant Street

Inside the Writer's Studio with Michael Ondaatje
[Collaboration with East High School]
Saturday, March 19, 6:00 to 8:30 PM
@East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade

Drop-In Writing
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, March 22, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1

Friday 500
Friday, March 25, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

[AWP - Los Angeles, March 30 thru April 2]

Monday Writing Hours
Monday, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor, 1515 Race Street

Friday 500
Friday, April 8, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Write Denver: Reading Walk with the Denver Poetry Map
[Collaboration with the Denver Poetry Map]
Saturday, April 9, 2:00 to 5:00 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Art + Lit: Kill My Mother, by Jules Feiffer
[Collaboration with the Art Students League of Denver]
Thursday, April 21, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Free Reading, Reception, and Q&A with Rob Spillman
Friday, April 22, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Following his craft seminar, Establishing Authority, Rob Spillman will give a free reading, reception, and Q&A from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Spillman is the author of All Tomorrow's Parties: A Memoir (April 2016), the editor of Tin House magazine, and editorial advisor of Tin House Books. He was previously the monthly book columnist for Details magazine and is a contributor of book reviews and essays to Salon and Bookforum. He has written for the Boston Review, GQ, Details, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. He has also worked for Random House, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, and taught at various MFA programs, including Columbia University.

Praise for All Tomorrow's Parties:  “Part survivor’s manual, part travelogue, part cultural history, it’s a story of an arts-mad, idealistic, brave young man struggling to make his way—and find a place in the world.... Spillman unspools a story that will resonate with everyone who‘s ever searched for home." —Michael Hainey, author of After Visiting Friends

“Rob Spillman's story of rarefied opera culture as a child, and East German nightlife an adult, is limpid and lively in its telling, and it covers fascinating ground. Spillman is endearing and frank in his various adventures in a way that kept reminding me of Griffin Dunne in the movie After Hours, except instead of winding up in Club Berlin, he finds himself in the real one.” —Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers

“How anyone becomes who they are meant to be is an enduring mystery, yet Rob Spillman takes us along on the wild ride that led him to become the utterly compelling and generous presence he is today. It is a portrait of the artist as a young man, retracing the steps that led him to a deeper truth, which (of course) lay outside himself. Spillman brilliantly—thrillingly—captures the velocity and the changing sounds of youth as it simultaneously hurls away from, and toward, home. This memoir rivets me to the page.” —Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night In Suck City

Write Denver: Doors Open Denver
[Collaboration with the Denver Architectural Foundation]
Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
@Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street

Drop-In Writing
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1

Monday Writing Hours
Monday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor, 1515 Race Street

Free Reading, Reception, and Q&A with Robin Black
Robin Black, author of Life Drawing, If I loved you, I would tell you this, and the forthcoming Crash Course: Essays from Where Writing and Life Collide, will give a free reading, reception, and Q&A at Lighthouse from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. This follows her seminar, Paragraphs, Sentences, Fragments, White Space: Toward Unforgettable Prose, from 2 to 4:30 PM. Her stories and essays have been published widely in such places as The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, O. Magazine, One Story, and Conde Nast Traveler

Praise for Life Drawing: “The page-turning suspense of Robin Black’s novel comes from her beautiful, honest portrait of a marriage, of a life. . . . A novel of consequence, and a stunning one.” —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Gripping . . . the power of this story is how it illuminates, in utterly compelling detail, the complex give-and-take of a couple trying to save their marriage.” —O: The Oprah Magazine 
 
“Truly brilliant . . . [Black] is that rare writer whose gift for prose is matched by her mastery of the other elements that make a great novel. . . . [Her] psychological prowess and incisive observations lend an edge even to seemingly straightforward scenes.” —Chicago Tribune 
 
“Races to its resolution . . . Black’s writing is clear and direct [with] observations about the way people relate that resonate well after the book is closed.” —The New York Times Book Review

Friday 500
Friday, May 13, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

The Draft, 30.0
Saturday, May 14, 6:00 to 8:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Art + Lit: Sleepless Nights, by Elizabeth Hardwick & Jackson Pollock's Summertime
[Collaboration with the Art Students League of Denver]
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
@Art Students League, 200 Grant Street

Willfully Submit
Saturday, May 21, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
@Lighthouse Attic, 1515 Race Street

Drop-In Writing
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, May 24, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1

Friday 500
Friday, May 27, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Lit Fest
Friday, June 3 thru Friday, June 17
@Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street

Lighthouse Presents: Making the Mountain
Friday, June 10, 8:00 to 9:30 PM
@Lighthouse Lit Fest Tent, 1515 Race Street

Art + Lit: 10:04, by Ben Lerner & Christian Marclay's The Clock
[Collaboration with the Art Students League of Denver]
Thursday, June 16, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
@Lighthouse Lit Fest Tent, 1515 Race Street

Monday Writing Hours
Monday, June 20, 27, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor, 1515 Race Street

Friday 500
Friday, June 24, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Drop-In Writing
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, June 28, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1

 

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