Welcome to the April edition of the Clarion West Alumni News! This month, we have some stunning alumni publication announcements, as well as news of awards.

The Clarion West Class of 2017 has been announced! We’re in the throes of preparing for the Summer Workshop once more, getting all the details settled. Look for announcements in the coming weeks about the Summer Reading Series and the Summer Workshop wishlist.

We have two more spring One-Day Workshops: Level Up as a Writer, with instructor Randy Henderson, on May 21; and Landing the Gut Punch: Finding Emotional Resonance in Fantastic Fiction, with instructor Helen Marshall, on June 4. If you’re in or near Seattle, we’d love to see you for these six-hour intensive workshops!

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to alumni@clarionwest.org. We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.



Indrapramit Das (CW ‘12) is a finalist for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards for LGBTQ speculative fiction for his book The Devourers.

David D. Levine (CW ’00) is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award for his novel, Arabella of Mars.

Two Clarion West alumni are on the Honor list for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award: Andrea Hairston (CW ‘99) for Will Do Magic for Small Change and Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92) for Everfair.



Indrapramit Das (CW ‘12) has a new story out in Lightspeed: “The Wordless.”

E. Lily Yu’s (CW ’13) story, “The Wretched and the Beautiful,” was published in February in Terraform.

Two Clarion West alumni were featured in March in the “Nevertheless, She Persisted” short fiction event for International Women’s Day on tor.com. Nisi Shawl’s (CW ‘92) story “More than Nothing,” and Kameron Hurleys (CW ’00) story “Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!,” were published as part of an exciting series of flash stories on March 8.

Andrea Hairston (CW ’99) reviews Kiini Salaam’s (CW ’01) When the World Wounds in LA Review of Books.

cover art for Smells Like Finn Sprint by Randy HendersonRandy Henderson’s (CW ’09) third novel, Smells Like Finn Spirit, was published by Tor Books in March and is now available at bookstores everywhere.

Auspicium Melioris Aevi,” by J. Y. Yang (CW ‘13), was published in Uncanny Magazine in March.

Cae Hawksmoor’s (CW ‘16) story “Civitas Sylvatica” appeared in Reckoning, a journal of creative writing on environmental justice, in March.

Sandra M. Odell’s (CW ‘10) story “Meat” appeared in Pseudopod at the end of March. Her story “The Absolute Temperature of Outer Space” appeared in Cast of Wonders in the same month.

Stay,” by K. C. Ball (CW ‘10), appeared in Podcastle in March. The story was read by Tina Connolly (CW ‘06).

Clarion West Alumni News, March 2017

Welcome to the Clarion West March Alumni News! There’s a lot of excellent news this month in awards and publications.

There are still spaces available in these One-Day Workshops:

See the One-Day Workshops page for all the details.

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to alumni@clarionwest.org. We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.



Nebula nominations have been announced! Several Clarion West alumni have been nominated this year: Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) for Everfair, Kij Johnson (CW ’87) for “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe,” and Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) for “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0.” Congratulations, all!

Malcolm Devlin (CW ’13) is shortlisted for the BSFA for “The End of Hope Street.”

This year’s Aurealis Awards short list features Ian McHugh (CW ’06) for “The Baby Eaters” and Jack Nicholls (CW ’11) in two categories for his story, “Dune Time.”

The Locus Recommended Reading list is out, and Clarion West has more than a few alumni on it:

  • Daniel Abraham (CW ’98) as both himself and as half of James S. A. Corey
  • Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01)
  • Curtis Chen (CW ’14)
  • Tina Connolly (CW ’06)
  • James Alan Gardner (CW ‘ 89)
  • Andrea Hairston (CW ’99)
  • Kameron Hurley (CW ’00)
  • Kij Johnson (CW ’87)
  • Richard William Larson (CW ’14)
  • David D. Levine (CW ’00)
  • S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16)
  • Sonia Lyris (CW ’92)
  • Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13)
  • Mary Anne Mohanraj (CW ’97)
  • An Owomoyela (CW ’08)
  • Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07)
  • Cat Rambo (CW ’05)
  • Gord Sellar (CW ’06)
  • Nisi Shawl (CW ’92)
  • Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04)
  • Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05)
  • JY Yang (CW ’13)
  • Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06)
  • E Lily Yu (CW ’13)



A Secret History of Witches, by Louisa Morgan (also known as CW 1993’s Louise Marley), will be published in September 2017 in a hardcover edition. Plans are underway for a book launch party at University Book Store in Seattle–stay tuned for details.

cover art for The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie BurgisThe Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, a middle grade fantasy novel by Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01), was published in the UK in February. The US edition will be published in May. The Guardian featured the book on their Children’s Book Roundup in late February.

Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, by Sheree Renée Thomas Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, by Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99), was published last year by Aqueduct. It features poetry and short stories, and received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review. Her story, “Who Needs the Stars if the Full Moon Loves You?” appeared in Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. The collection was published to celebrate what would have been Gwendolyn Brooks’s 100th year. Her short story, “Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight,” appears in Sycorax’s Daughters, a new collection of black women’s horror and scholarship.

Gabrielle Civil and Sheree Renee Thomas (CW '99) at OBSIDIAN book launch AWP 17She also edited with along with Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) a special double-volume of Obsidian: “Speculating Futures: Black Imagination & the Arts.” Featuring stories by Christopher Caldwell (CW ’07) and Alex Jennings (CW ’03), this double volume also includes poetry, a graphic novel excerpt, drama, scholarship, and visual art.

Nisi Shawl‘s (CW ’92) story, “Queen of Dirt,” appeared in Apex in February. She was also interviewed by G. G. Silverman about Everfair and other topics.

Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14) was interviewed about her work by editor Rivqa Rafael in The Future Fire.

cover art for American Street by Ibi ZoboiIbi Zoboi‘s (CW ’01) novel American Street was published in February. The book has gathered numerous fantastic reviews from places like The New York Times (who called the book “self-assured, elegant and utterly captivating”), The Book Smugglers, and BookPage.

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) has a new short story out, another fantasy tale involving cats! “The Good Son” appears in Deep Waters, Volume 2.

Cynthia Ward‘s (CW ’92) short alternate-history novel, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess, is now out from Aqueduct Press.

Anne Toole (CW ’11) was interviewed in Digital Production Buzz about writing for webisodes, video games, and television.

“Destroy All Monsters,” by Robert Guffey (CW ’96) was published in the tenth anniversary edition of the Mailer Review.

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