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January 26, 2015  

The Draft Reading Series celebrates the diverse and talented writing in our workshops that hovers around a given theme. They happen once per eight-week session--every winter, spring, late summer, and fall. Writers in workshops are drafted by instructors and sent to the front lines to read their work.

The theme of the December 2015 Draft is "The Holidays" and the Draftees are:

  • Martha Kalin, poetry
  • Jesaka Long, screenplay
  • Lynn Schwebach, fiction
  • Kristin LeClaire, nonfiction
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January 26, 2015  

Listen in as Steve Almond and Justin Adams duke it out over America’s favorite sport. Hear Steve read from and discuss his latest book, Against Football:  A Reluctant Manifesto.

Steve Almond spent seven years as a newspaper reporter in Texas and Florida before writing his first book, the story collection My Life in Heavy Metal. His non-fiction book, Candyfreak, was a New York Times Bestseller. His short fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and his most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction. Almond writes commentary and journalism regularly for The New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe. A former sports reporter and play-by-play man, Almond lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.

Justin Adams is the 2014 Colorado Association of Black Journalists Broadcaster of the Year and proud native of Denver, Colorado. A versatile member of the newsroom, Justin is a radio host for 850 KOA and is also a producer, video editor and steadicam operator for The NOW with the Scripps Broadcasting Network. He is passionate about sports, specifically in historically detailing the lives of past great African-American baseball players in the Mile High City. Currently, Justin is featured sports analysis for the Orange and Blue Review on 7NEWS. He breaks down the Denver Broncos previous game and also previews the team’s upcoming matchup. In addition, Justin also provides fantasy football tips.

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December 17, 2014  

Rebecca Makkai is a Chicago-based writer whose recently released second novel, The Hundred-Year House, was called "a juicy and moving story of art and love and the luck it takes for either to last" by the Los Angeles Times. During her Fly-By Writer's weekend at Lighthouse, Rebecca read excerpts from The Hundred-Year House to a rapt crowd in the intimate setting of 1515 Race's 1st Floor Parlor.

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December 17, 2014  

The fifth annual The Story of a Book, an event where several Lighthouse faculty and their forthcoming books are celebrated, featured Benjamin Whitmer, Cry Father, Seth Brady Tucker We Deserve the Gods We Ask For, Thomas McNeely, Ghost Horse, and Michael Henry, Active Gods. We heard the ins and outs of the process these authors enjoyed (or endured) in getting their manuscripts from crazy first idea and into actual print. Each panelist read a short passage from his book and told the story of how it all came about. An audience Q&A and book signing rounded off this fun evening.

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December 17, 2014  

The Draft Reading Series celebrates the diverse and talented writing in our workshops that hovers around a given theme. They happen once per eight-week session--every winter, spring, late summer, and fall. Writers in workshops are drafted by instructors and sent to the front lines to read their work.

The theme of the October 2015 Draft is "Abductions" and the Draftees are:

  • Barbara Cocks, works in progress
  • Gemma Webster, novel
  • Kewanna Cigales, intermediate short story
  • Shelby Kinney-Lang, advanced short story
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October 7, 2014  

The Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship sponsors a member of the Lighthouse writing community to a full year of literary support and involvement at Lighthouse. This fellowship was formed in honor of the great Alice Maxine Bowie, who believes everyone has a right to a meaningful education, that much of our most meaningful education comes from literature, and that the world benefits from hearing stories. The fellowship includes: Four 8-week workshops per year or master classes (one per year), as well as registration, lodging, and board for the Grand Lake Retreat or an all-access pass to the Lighthouse Lit Fest. Poet, Kim O'Connor was the recipient of the 2013-2014 Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship. Kim’s fellowship culminated with a public reading and celebration on October 4, 2014, during which she was properly feted and shared the fruits of the project she has worked on over the course of the year with an appreciative crowd in the Lighthouse Grotto.

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October 7, 2014  

Inside the Writer's Studio is the popular and unpredictable on-stage, unscripted conversation between studio guest George Saunders and Lighthouse Fiction Instructor Nick Arvin. Gossip could be leaked. Craft secrets uncovered. Saunders was recently awarded The Story Prize and The Folio Prize for his collection of short stories, Tenth of December. He's also been a finalist for The Story Prize in the past for his collection In Persuasion Nation and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award with CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. Saunders has also written screenplays, an illustrated fable, a book of essays, and a New York Times bestselling children's book. He writes for The New Yorker and GQ, and his work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and a number of other anthologies. In 2006, he was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship, and has taught at Syracuse University since 1996.

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October 7, 2014  

Matthew Thomas read from his novel We Are Not Ourselves to a packed crowd in the Lighthouse Grotto. The debut author charmed us with his charisma and a behind-the-curtain look of how his novel came to be.

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August 6, 2014  

The Literary salon has been a tradition at Lit Fest, featuring three or more speakers with varying perspectives on a theme, along with audience participation.
Balancing writing against any other aspect of life—your day job, spending time with friends, eating, sleeping—is always a difficulty, so how on earth do writers decide whether or not to have children? If they do how do they continue to write? When does it make sense not to? Listen in as Jenny Shank, Amanda Rea, and Nicky Beer have a respectful, wide-ranging discussion about how they faced this choice.

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August 5, 2014  

The Literary salon has been a tradition at Lit Fest, featuring three or more speakers with varying perspectives on a theme, along with audience participation.
In this salon ‘You Can’t Handle the Truth! Fiction vs. Nonfiction Smack-Down,’ nonfiction guru Richard Froude squares off against fictionista Joanna Ruocco in this smack down between two opposing (or are they?) forces. They talk about how truth finds its way into our work as writers of both fiction and nonfiction, and whether one genre actually does a better job of transmitting it—whatever the truth may be.

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