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Clarion West Alumni News, Fall 2014

There’s a nip in the air this early September morning here in Seattle. The leaves are just starting to turn, seasonal lattes are back at local coffee shops, and there are little wispy clouds clinging to the treetops on the mountains. Clarion West is starting to get geared up for application season and more One Day Workshops. If you’re an alumnus who knows a talented writer or two who might want to apply for the six Week Workshop, let them know that applications will be open before they know it! More information will be available on this site later this month.

The final numbers are in for the Clarion West Write-a-thon: 263 participants, 338 sponsors, and $22,000 raised to support the Clarion West Writers Workshop. If you wrote or donated, thank you so much! Your ongoing support makes the workshop possible.

We have some fun reading for you this month, so let’s get to it.

Ann Leckie (CW ’05) won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for Ancillary Justice, completing a sweep of almost every major award in the genre.

Kameron Hurley (CW ’00) won two Hugo Awards: Best Fan Writer, and Best Related Work for We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative.

Congratulations to both!

Michael Matheson (CW ‘14) has a story called “Jenny of the Long Gauge” in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s anthology Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse. His poem “Zhezhi” will be published in Ursula Pflug’s charity anthology They Have to Take You In, and he has sold a long poem, “No Fixed Points in Space,” to Stone Telling.

Darja Malcolm-Clarke (CW ’04) has a science fiction story called “A Fairy Tale Life” in the most recent issue of The Dark Magazine.

Shannon Peavy’s (CW ’13) chilling story “Good Kids” is up at Daily Science Fiction.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has a story called “Resurrection Points” up at Strange Horizons. His story “Blood Women” has also been podcasted at Pseudopod, narrated by award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed.

Eden Robins (CW ’08) had a story published in June at Apex Magazine called “Cape to Cairo”. She talks about this story and where it came from, Clarion West, and writing in an interview in the same issue.

Folly Blaine (CW ’14) has had her story “The Truth About Woodpeckers” podcasted by Toasted Cake.

Helena Bell (CW ’13) has created a bibliography tracking all of the publications of the class of 2013. In all, the class has accumulated over 40 publications and multiple awards and nominations.

Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) read from her work at Antioch College on September 2.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has a Patreon: Patreon is a site where fans can pledge a small amount of money per month to support the work of their favorite creators.



Clarion West Alumni News, August 2014

The long, lazy days of summer are finally here, but Clarion West is busy with preparations for the fall and winter One-Day Workshops, as well as getting ready for next year’s Six-Week Workshop. Our newest alumni have returned home and are taking up their lives once again.

Just as a reminder, the Write-a-thon is still open for sponsorships as of this writing—your sponsorship helps keep the community and the workshop strong.

The Seattle Weekly recently featured Clarion West in an article. Thank you to Neile Graham and Caroline Bobanick for their contributions to this piece.

If you sent us news and it’s not featured here, we may not have received it due to technical problems with the form on this page. For the moment, send any news to Thank you!

Leslie Howle, our distinguished Workshop Director emeritus, has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her years of work with the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Congratulations, Leslie—it’s well deserved!

The finalists for the 2014 Parsec Awards have been announced. Among the finalists are Tina Connolly (CW ’06) who is up for the “Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast” award for her podcast Toasted Cake, and Benjamin Rosenbaum (CW ’01) who is a finalist for the “Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)” award for his story “Night Waking”.

birthdayproblem_gussoff_smallThe Birthday Problem, by Caren Gussoff (CW ’08) is available now wherever awesome books are sold.The Birthday Problem is a post-apocalyptic SF novel about nanotech and survival.

The latest issue of Three-Lobed Burning Eye features stories from Lauren Dixon (CW ’10) and Cat Rambo (CW ’05).

Henry Lien (CW ‘12) has recently sold two stories: “The Ladies’ Underwater Gardening Society” to Asimov’s, and “The Shadow You Cast Is Me” to Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Jenni Moody’s (CW ’11) story “Sister Winter” was published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Colored Lens.

The second issue of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, co-written by Maura McHugh (CW ’06) and Kim Newman, is out now from Dark Horse Press.

Lucy Seaman (CW ’68, CW ’72) passed quietly away on July 25, 2014, after a long fight with ovarian cancer.

Her friend Lin Nielsen Cochran writes:

“I first met Lucy at the original Clarion Writers Workshop in Clarion, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1968. She was a writer—I was a high school student attending a summer program in archaeology. For me, Lucy opened the door to science fiction fandom, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and a whole world of writing. She also introduced me to Vonda N. McIntyre, which led to my first attending Clarion West in ’71. Lucy and I did Clarion West together in ’72.

“After Clarion, Lucy had a brief career writing for TV shows like Mission Impossible and The High Chaparral. She also worked on the ground crew for the Goodyear blimp, which led to her writing a Harlequin romance about blimpers titled Love Lighter Than Air. Lucy was an artist, an adventurer and a larger-than-life presence who will be missed by everyone who knew her.”

Margot Adler (CW ’73) passed away on July 28, 2014. Margot had a long and storied career as an NPR journalist and commentator, novelist, and well-respected writer on Pagan religions. Adler joined NPR in 1979 as a general assignment reporter and was a regular voice on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She was also co-producer of an award-winning radio drama, War Day.

Her book Drawing Down the Moon is considered a watershed work among the Pagan community.

She is survived by her son, Alex Dylan Gliedman-Adler.


Alumni News July 2014

This is a busy time of year in the speculative fiction world — the Six-Week Workshop and the Write-a-thon are both underway, the Clarion West Summer Reading Series is happening every Tuesday evening, awards are being announced, and here in Seattle residents are attempting to cram a year’s worth of outdoor time into our three months of reliably good weather.

This month, there’s a lot of publication news, awards, and a reminder about the Write-a-thon and upcoming events.


Ann Leckie (CW ’05) won the Locus Award for Best First Novel for her book Ancillary Justice. She was also profiled in an article for the St. Louis Riverfront Times.

James S.A. Corey (half of whom is Daniel Abraham, CW ’98) won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for Abaddon’s Gate.

Congratulations, Ann and Daniel!


The first issue of “Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland”, co-written by Maura McHugh (CW ’06) and Kim Newman, is now available as a digital comic and in comic shops everywhere.

J. Y. Yang’s (CW ’13) story “HarvestFruit” has been published at Crossed Genres. Yang has also had “Storytelling for the Night Clerk” published at Strange Horizons.

Alex Kane’s (CW ‘13) story “The Vines of Cvancara” has been published at the new online edition of OMNI. This was Alex’s Week One story for Clarion West.

Nik Houser (CW ‘12) has recently sold his stories “The Drawstring Detective” and “History’s Best Places to Kiss” to Lightspeed and F&SF, respectively.

Helena Bell (CW ’13) has a story called “The Things They Were Not Allowed to Carry” out in Daily Science Fiction.

The table of contents of the anthology Upgraded has been announced, and includes stories by Helena Bell (CW ’13), E. Lily Yu (CW ’13), and Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05).

Corinne Duyvis (CW ’11) has just had her novel Otherbound published by Abrams Books.

James Robert Herndon’s (CW ’12) story “Mammals” has been published as a chapbook by Omnidawn. Jeff VanderMeer selected it as the winner of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize, and James worked with artist Hermawan Susanto on the memorable cover art.

Ari Goelman’s (CW ’01) novel The Path of Names has been shortlisted for the young adult category of the Sunburst Award for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic.

Mary Anne Mohanraj (CW ’97) has a story titled “Communion” in Clarkesworld.

Michael R. Underwood’s (CW ’07) superhero fantasy novel Shield and Crocus was published in June by 27North.

J. M. Sidorova (CW ’09) has a story titled “Rohrschach Redemption” in Devilfish Review.


David Edison (CW ’13) was interviewed on the Skiffy and Fanty podcast about his novel The Waking Engine. The podcast is free to listen to here:

Clarion West Events

The Write-a-thon is in full swing! Sponsoring writers is the very best way to ensure that Clarion West is able to forge new voices in science fiction and fantasy for years to come. It’s quick and easy to sponsor a writer, and it means so much to the writers who are contributing their words to the Write-a-thon. If you’re a Write-a-thon writer, thank you so much! Check the participant page for news about upcoming events.

The Clarion West Summer Reading Series happens on Tuesday nights in Seattle. If you’re in town, please join us.

June 2014 Clarion West Alumni News

It’s June, and Clarion West is gearing up for the summer: workshop students are finalizing travel plans, readings are being planned, and the Write-a-thon is open for registration. This is a busy and exciting time of year for Clarion West, and for the speculative fiction world in general.

This month, we have awards news, a number of publications, and a wedding!

Featured This Month

Book of Lish” by Trent Walters (CW ’99)
Transported Abruptly to the Future” by Ellen Levy Finch (CW ’98)
Surviving the eBookalypse” by Randy Henderson (CW ’09)

Remember, if you have stories, essays, or poems online, we would love to feature them. Send email to with links and your class year.


The Nebulas were a smash this year! We have three Clarion West alumni among the winners.

Cover of Ancillary Justice by Ann LeckieAnne Leckie (CW ’05) won the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. She has also been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, and Campbell awards for Ancillary Justice.

Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05) has won the Nebula for Best Short Story for “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” (Apex, 3/13)

Vylar Kaftan (CW ’04) has won the Nebula for Best Novella for “The Weight of the Sunrise.”

Congratulations, everyone!


The Locus Award nominations have been announced, and there are several alumni among the honorees.

Best Science Fiction Novel
Abaddon’s Gate James S.A. Corey (half of whom is Daniel Abraham, CW ’98)

Best First Novel
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (CW ’05)

Best Novella
“Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan (CW ’94) and Ellen Klages

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalists have also been announced, including Vylar Kaftan (CW ’04) for “The Weight of the Sunrise” and E. Lily Yu (CW ’13) for “The Urashima Effect.”


Lightspeed Issue 49 June 2014Lightspeed’s “Women Destroy Science Fiction” special issue is out now, and includes a number of our alumni!

Kris Millering (CW ’09) has a short story and author spotlight, Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05) selected the reprints and has a personal essay, and Maria Romasco Moore (CW ’11) has a reprint. Tina Connolly (CW ’06) has a piece of flash fiction, as does Rhiannon Rasmussen (will be attending CW ’14). Tracie Welser (CW ’10) and Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) have pieces of nonfiction. Nancy Jane Moore (CW ’97), Kameron Hurley (CW ’00), Helena Bell (CW ’13), and Georgina Kamsika (CW ’12) all have personal essays. Sandra Odell (CW ’10) interviewed three of the authors for spotlights.

Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) short story “Bone Mother” has been optioned by the National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio to make a short stop-motion animated film. It will be adapted and directed by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward, and produced for the NFB by Jelena Popovic.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has recently had stories accepted for Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Genius Loci, Three-Lobed, Burning Eye, and Unidentified Funny Objects 3. She is also the incoming SFWA Vice President.

Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01) has a YA Victorian romance/fantasy story, “The Unladylike Education of Agatha Tremain,” in Inscription Magazine. Also, the third of her Kat, Incorrigible books, Stolen Magic, was published in paperback by Atheneum Books this spring.

Sonia Lyris  (CW ’92) has a short story called “Done” in Lore.

M. Huw Evans (CW ’12) has sold his story “Nine Instances of Rain” to GigaNotoSaurus.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (CW ’09) has a non-fiction essay in Strange Horizons called “Movements: Brown Woman at Work.”


Geetanjali Dighe (CW ’13) and Todd Vandemark (CW ’09) were recently married in San Antonio. Our warmest congratulations and wishes for your future happiness!

May 2014 Clarion West Alumni News

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, and award nominations are in the air. Clarion West is busy preparing for the intensive Six-Week Workshop. We hope you’ll join us and our instructors for the Summer Readings Series and participate in our annual Write-a-thon as a writer or supporter.

This month, we have a long and exciting list of alumni with award nominations and new publications. We’re also starting up a new monthly feature: links to stories and books by alumni that you may have missed. If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming edition of the alumni news, please send your links and the year you attended Clarion West to We’d love to hear from you!

Featured this month

Long Enough and Just So Long” by Cat Rambo (CW ’05)

Pinned and Wriggling on the Wall” by Usman T Malik (CW ’13)

The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard (instructor), available from your local independent bookseller.


Randy Henderson (CW ’09) has won the grand prize in the 30th annual Writers of the Future contest. You can read a transcript of his acceptance speech on his Web site.

Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston (CW ’12) has earned a Montana Book Award honor.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) was awarded the 2013 Written Backwards DRAWA Inspiration Award. “The DRAWA Inspiration recognizes an individual somewhat new to the craft, someone with emerging talent, a strong, literary powerhouse waiting to erupt; this is the person to watch closely.”

Anne Leckie (CW ’05) has won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Ancillary Justice.


Clarion West alumni have been nominated in a number of categories for both the Hugo and Nebula awards.

Nebula Award nominations

Best Novel
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (CW ’05) (Orbit US/Orbit UK)

Best Novella
“Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan (CW ’94) and Ellen Klages ( 10/2/2013)
“The Weight of the Sunrise,” Vylar Kaftan (CW ’04) (Asimov’s 2/2013)

Best Novelette
“Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters,” Henry Lien (CW ’12) (Asimov’s 12/2013)

Best Short Story
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05) (Apex 3/2013)

Hugo Award nominations

Best Novel
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (CW ’05) (Orbit US/Orbit UK)

Best Novella
“Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan (CW ’94) and Ellen Klages (, 10/2013)

Best Short Story
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky (Apex Magazine, 3/2013)

Best Related Work
We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative, Kameron Hurley (CW ’00) (A Dribble of Ink)


“Super-Earth Mother,” a novella by Guy Immega (CW ’06), appears in the anthology Extreme Planets, out now.

The essay “Fear and the Dauntless Girl” by Blythe Woolston (CW ‘12) appears in Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy.  Her new two-book contract includes MARTians, a novel that’s growing out of a story she wrote while at Clarion West.

Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) short story “Valerie” is part of the anthology La Femme, edited by Ian Whates, which will have its publication launch by NewCon Press at Eastercon in Glasgow, UK.

David Levine’s (CW ‘00) Hugo-winning short story “Tk’Tk’Tk” has been adapted into a short play, which was presented as part of an evening of short science fiction plays called “Brave New Sci-Fi” in April 2014. He has a novelette in the May/June issue of F&SF titled “The End of the Silk Road.” He has also just sold a short story, “Mammals,” to Analog.

Margot Adler (CW ’73) has a new book out now called Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side. You can see her talking about the book in a video on YouTube.

Alyx Dellamonica’s (CW ’95) story “The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti” has been published at

Eight Months Left” by Katrina S. Forest (CW ’09) has been published in Every Day Fiction.

The final issue of Superficial Flesh contains the work of several Clarion West alumni: Cassandra Rose Clarke (CW ’10), Cat Rambo (CW ’05), Caren Gussoff (CW ’08), and Lucas Johnson (CW ’09).

Neile Graham (CW ’96) has a poem in Strange Horizons called “The God of Lost Things.”

The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown” by Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) was published in Drabblecast in April 2014.

The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane, has stories by four Clarion West alumni: Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04), Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (CW ’09), and E. Lily Yu (CW ’13).

Analog has bought a novella by Henry Lien (CW ’12) called “The Great Leap of Shin.” It is set in the same world as his Nebula-nominated kung fu figure skating novelette, “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters.”

Jay O’Connell (CW ‘94) has had a number of stories appear in Asimov’s recently: “That Universe We Both Dreamed Of,” “Dignity,” and “Solomon’s Little Sister.” He has stories forthcoming in Asimov’s and F&SF this year.

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are expanding their Splinter Universe website to include fiction by other working writers.

Nisi Shawl (CW’92) has a nonfiction piece in Strange Horizons: “Reviewing the Other: Like Dancing about Architecture.”

Those Are Pearls That Were His Eyes” by Daniel Marcus (CW ’92) was published in Escape Pod in April.

Tracie Welser (CW ’10) has a story titled “A Doll is Not a Dumpling” in the March/April 2014 issue of Interzone. She wrote a non-fiction piece, “The Status Quo Cannot Hold,” for Women Destroy Science Fiction, which will be out in June.


Steve Miller (CW ‘73) and Sharon Lee will be Principal Speakers at Philcon 2014, the world’s oldest ongoing SF convention. Along with dozens of other well-known writers, artists, filkers, and fans, they’ll bring lots of literary fun to the outskirts of Philadelphia November 21 to 23, 2014.


Clarion West is saddened to note the passing of Lucius Shepard, a Clarion West instructor and the author of many short stories, novellas, and novels. He was a dear friend to many in our community, and he is missed. His series of essays on writing is available for free download from Electric Story.


April 2014 Clarion West Alumni News

Hello, and welcome to the inaugural edition of the online Clarion West Alumni News! We’ll be bringing you the freshest news from our many amazing alumni on a regular basis in the months to come. If you have news to share, please email or fill out the form – we’d love to hear from you!


  • Cat Rambo (CW05) will be editing a special issue of Lightspeed Magazine: the Women Destroy Fantasy issue.



  • “Cold, Cold War” by Ian McHugh (CW06) is a 2013 Aurealis Awards Finalist for best fantasy short story.


The Locus Magazine 2013 Recommended Reading List has many Clarion West graduates.

SF Novels:

  • Abaddon’s Gate, James S.A. Corey (half of which is Daniel Abraham (CW98))

Fantasy Novels:

  • The Tyrant’s Law, Daniel Abraham (CW98)

First Novels:

  • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (CW05)
  • The Age of Ice, J.M. Sidorova (CW09)
  • The Scroll of Years, Chris Willrich (CW88)


  • How the World Became Quiet, Rachel Swirsky (CW05)

Original Anthologies:

  • We See a Different Frontier, Fabio Fernandes (CW13) & Djibril al-Ayad, eds.


  • Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler; Rebecca J. Holden & Nisi Shawl (CW92), eds.


  • “Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan (CW92) & Ellen Klages
  • “The Weight of the Sunrise,” Vylar Kaftan (CW04)


  • “A Hole in the Ether,” Benjamin Crowell (CW07)
  • “We Three Kids,” Margo Lanagan (CW99)
  • “The Wreck of the Mars Adventure,” David D. Levine (CW00)
  • “The Canal Barge Magician’s Number Nine Daughter,” Ian McHugh (CW06)

Short Stories:

  • “Karina Who Kissed Spacetime,” Indrapramit Das (CW12)
  • “In Metal, In Bone,” An Owomoyela (CW08)
  • “Jack of Coins,” Christopher Rowe (CW96)
  • “What Lies at the Edge of a Petal is Love,” Rachel Swirsky (CW05)
  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky (CW05)
  • “Ilse, Who Saw Clearly,” E. Lily Yu (CW13)
  • “Loss, with Chalk Diagrams,” E. Lily Yu (CW13)

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