Alumni News

It’s one of the most exciting times of year here at Clarion West—Summer Workshop season!  Keep writing all summer long with your fellow writers and the Clarion West Write-a-thon. There are in-person and online events planned, as well as a prize drawing at the end of the Write-a-thon. Find out more and sign up today!

In addition to the Write-a-thon, Clarion West is holding a benefit event on June 26–an evening with one of the wisest and wittiest authors in speculative fiction, Connie Willis.  Space is limited and this event is likely to sell out, so sign up now.

We’ve also just announced an exciting lineup of One-Day Workshops for this fall:

Visit the One-Day Workshops page to learn more.



Caroline M. Yoachim’s (CW ‘06) story, “The First Snow of Winter,” is out now in Daily Science Fiction.

Jei D. Marcade’s (CW ‘11) story, “Communion,” has been published in PodCastle.

Curtis Chen's listing at the Star Trek exhibit at the EMPCurtis C. Chen (CW ‘14) is one of the featured interviewees in the new Star Trek Exhibit in Seattle.  The curator spoke to a variety of Trek fans about diverse topics, and you can hear excerpts in the mezzanine.  Curtis says, “The whole exhibit is great! Apart from the TOS Enterprise bridge, which is the centerpiece, I recommend crawling through the Jefferies tube, going on an away mission in the transporter room, and studying the comprehensive timeline of Trek history (including plenty of time travel).”

Greg Cox (CW ’84) just found out that his upcoming Star Trek novel, Legacies, Book 1: Captain to Captain, is also being released as audiobook.  The novel, which comes out in June, is Book 1 of a trilogy celebrating Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary.

“The Wedding Photographer,” by Robert Guffey (CW ‘96) is out now in the anthology, Postscripts #36/37 The Dragons of the Night. The anthology can be purchased at the PS Publishing site.

Sandra Odell (CW ‘10) interviewed Alasdair Stuart about podcasting, the future of Escape Artists, and more.


Patreons and Kickstarters

Rachel Swirsky (CW ‘05) has a new Patreon where you can support her work. Her first month was a fundraiser called “Making Lemons into Jokes” which raised funds for Lyon-Martin health services.

Michael R. Underwood (CW ‘07) ran a Kickstarter to fund the Complete Genrenauts Season One Collection, including Episodes 1-6 and special extras.



tour poster for Waypoint KangarooCurtis C. Chen (CW ‘14) will be on tour for his book, Waypoint Kangaroo, in June and July.  See the Facebook event page for locations and more details.

Evan J. Peterson (CW ’15) will be teaching a speculative poetry workshop on June 18 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love and one of the instructors of the 1995 Clarion West Summer workshop, died in May at age 70.  Jessica Riesman (CW ’95) said, “[S]he was charming and profane in equal measure, generous, dry, and very, very smart.” You can find out more about Katherine Dunn’s life in her obituary in Willamette Week.



Clarion West Alumni News, May 2016

Clarion West is plunging headlong into workshop season!  If you’re in the area, we hope you’ll join us for our Summer Reading Series on Tuesday evenings. Locations vary, so check the Summer Reading Series page for more details. We also hope you’ll join us for this year’s Write-a-thon. You can meet your writing goals this summer and support the students and the workshop at the same time. Everyone wins!


David D. Levine’s (CW ‘00) story “Damage,” which appeared at in January 2015, is a nominee for the Sturgeon Award.

Karen L. Abrahamson’s (CW ‘01) story, “With One Shoe,” from the anthology Playground of Lost Toys edited by Ursula Pflug and Colleen Anderson (CW ‘87), has been nominated for the Arthur Ellis award. The anthology as a whole has been nominated for an Aurora Award in the Best Related Work category.

Ann Leckie (CW ’05) is a finalist for the Hugo Award for her novel Ancillary Mercy.



Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis ChenCurtis Chen (CW ‘14) has had two more articles published: “Special Synopsis Sauce” on the SFWA blog, and “My Murdered Darling — ‘The Crazy Flirty Lady‘” on Katrina Archer’s blog.  He’s also going on a west coast book tour to promote his novel, Waypoint Kangaroo , which comes out on June 21.

A novelette that Lawrence Schimel (CW ‘91) translated, “My Wife, My Daughter” by Domingo Santos, has been published in the anthology Castles in Spain. Castles in Spain collects ten science fiction stories published in Spain from the past 25 years.

Shannon Peavey (CW ’13) and Kelly Sandoval (CW ’13) have just launched a new online magazine, Liminal StoriesVince Haig (CW ’13) contributed cover art, and, as of the next issue, Helena Bell (CW ’13) will be the poetry editor.

Resurrection House has acquired Jessica Reisman’s (CW ‘95) novel, Substrate Phantoms, a far-future science fiction adventure that opens on a haunted space station. The novel is slated for a winter/spring 2017 release.

Tina Connolly (CW ‘06) recently joined the staff of Escape Pod as a co-host.

Colleen Anderson (CW ’87) has had a number of poems and stories published recently: “The Hedge Witch” in the Summer 2015 edition of On Spec (in which she was also the featured poet); “Beltane Fires” in Eternal Haunted Summer; “Book of Shadows” in Devolution Z; “I Dreamed a World” in Polu Texni (nominated for a Rhysling Award); “Freedom’s Just Another Word” in Agnes and True; and “Buffalo Gals” in the anthology Clockwork Canada. She also co-edited the anthology The Playground of Lost Toys with Ursula Pflug.

“Suicide Club” by Amy Sisson (’00), which first appeared in Sybil’s Garage, was translated into German for the March 2016 issue of Visionarium.  It is also slated to appear in Trigger Warning within the next few months.  Her story “On Not Noticing a Bear” was included in Podcastle’s November 2015 bear-themed flash fiction issue, and her story “Minghun” was podcast by Glittership in October 2015.

Guy Immega (CW ‘06) has a story titled “Epilogue” forthcoming in Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela, which will be out in Spring 2017.

Poems from Neile Graham (CW ‘96) appear in the latest Cascadia Subduction Zone. It also has an essay by Daniel Abraham (CW ’98), “Toward a Feminist Masculinity,” responding to bell hooks’ The Will To Change.

Geetanjali Dighe (CW ‘13) was one of three winners of the Octavia E. Butler-inspired flash fiction contest Door to a Pink Universe, with her story “Voice of Gravaar.”


Looking for news from past months? You can find it at the Alumni News Archive.

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