SCAD professor James Lough

James Lough

  • B.A., University of Colorado
  • M.A., San Francisco State University
  • Ph.D., University of Denver

"Never having planned to become a teacher, I was first inspired to teach by the need to make a living. But now I relish it. The philosopher Alan Watts stressed how delightful it was for people who 'get paid for what they love to do.' I couldn't agree more."

James Lough | Writing professor

Awards, recognition and honors

  • Publications Prize, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities (for the book Sites of Insight: A Guide to Colorado Sacred Places)
  • Frank Waters Southwestern Writing Award for Literary Achievement
  • Presidential Fellowship, Savannah College of Art and Design, for researching the book This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Beats, Punks, and Fugitives at New York's Notorious Chelsea Hotel
  • Lock Haven University Foundation Grant, Pennsylvania Writers' Reading Series
  • Outstanding Faculty Member in the Department of Liberal Arts and International Studies, Colorado School of Mines, Award given by The Order of Omega
  • First Prize, University of Denver Graduate Fiction Contest
  • Colorado Council on the Arts Project Grant for Denver Quarterly's 40th Anniversary Issue ($2000)


Associated Writing Programs

Previous Positions

Assistant Professor of Writing, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania; Lecturer and Writing Consultant, Colorado School of Mines; Fiction Editor. DIVIDE, a nationally distributed journal of letters and ideas, University of Colorado; publications coordinator, Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Berkeley, California; marketing editor, The Denver Quarterly, University of Denver; associate editor, Bastard Review, San Francisco

Publications and presentations


  • Sites of Insight: A Guide to Colorado Sacred Places, (University Press of Colorado)
  • Spheres of Awareness: A Wilberian Integral Approach to Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, and Art (University Press of America)
  • This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 (Schaffner Press, Inc.)

More than 70 articles, essays, short stories, and book reviews.