Clarion West Alumni News, September 2017

Welcome to the September edition of the Clarion West Alumni News!

If you’re looking for writing inspiration this fall, we have several One-Day workshops in September, October, and November. Head to the One-Day Workshop page to learn more and register.


Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99) won the inaugural LA (Leslie) Banks Award at the Blerd City conference in Brooklyn, New York for her outstanding work and her tireless efforts in the field of speculative fiction. Clairesa Clay, the founder of Blerd City, says of Sheree, “Sheree embodies the highest standard of a writer, editor, and teacher in Fiction, and particularly Black Speculative. She is our Noble Laureate.”

Nana Nkweti‘s (CW ’15) prose-poem, “Schoolyard Cannibal,” is on the short list for Brittle Paper’s inaugural anniversary awards, honoring works that represent their vision of the dynamism of literature.

Julie Steinbacher (CW ’14) was chosen to receive a 2017 – 2018 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award in Literature.

Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07) was one of the winners of this year’s Jaffe Award, which is dedicated to honoring and supporting women writers in the early stages of their careers.



Several Clarion West alumni had stories published in Daily Science Fiction in August: “‘A Seed in the Ground” by Shannon Fay (CW ’14); “What Could Be,” by S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16); and “Hearts, Sticky with Mulch and Jam,” by Tina Connolly (CW ’06).

Tina Connolly (CW ’06) also has a story coming out in F&SF in September: “The Two-Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County.”

Cover art for Luminescent ThreadsThe author list for the collection Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E Butler (Twelfth Planet Press), has been announced, and has a number of Clarion West alumni in it: K Tempest Bradford (CW ’03), Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01), Christopher Caldwell (CW ’07), Indra Das (CW ’12), Stephen Gold (CW ’05), Alex Jennings (CW ’03), Cat Rambo (CW ’05), Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), Jeremy Sim (CW ’11), Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05),  and Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99). The collection was edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (CW ’15), and is up for pre-order now through the Twelfth Planet Press site.

Gordon Van Gelder‘s (CW ’87) anthology, Go Forth And Multiply: Twelve Tales Of Repopulation (Ramble House/Surinam Turtle Press), was published in July. The book can be ordered from Amazon or from your local independent bookseller.

The cover has been revealed for Bryan Camp‘s (CW ’12) debut novel, The City of Lost Fortunes (John Joseph Adams Books, 2018).

Steven Bryan Bieler’s (CW ’86) story, “Sweet Oblivion,” was published in Across the Margin in July.

Sandra Odell‘s (CW ’10) story, “The Whisper of Clockwork Wings” is now up at The Overcast podcast. This story was first published in her Christmas collection, The Twelve Ways Of Christmas (Hydra House).

Julie Steinbacher’s (CW ’14) story, “Collectors,” was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Beecher’s Magazine.

Skinny Charlie’s Orbiting Teepee,” by Pamela Rentz (CW ’08), was published in Apex in August.

Cover art for The Lamb Will Slaughter the LionMargaret Killjoy‘s (CW ’15) book, The Lamb Will Slaughter The Lion, was published by in August. Read an excerpt of the novella and a review by Alex Brown at, and find links to buy the book at Macmillan.

Listen and You’ll Hear Us Speak,” by A. T. Greenblatt  (CW ’17) was published in Flash Fiction Online.

Arkteia,” a story by Genevieve Williams, (CW ’02), was published in See the Elephant in August.

Susan Palwick‘s (CW ’85) story, “The Shining Hills,” was published in Lightspeed in August.

The contents for the 2017 Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by John Joseph Adams, has just been announced and includes stories by several CW grads:

  • Helena Bell (CW ’13)
  • Lily Yu (CW ’13)
  • Nisi Shawl (CW ’92)
  • Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04)
  • Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06)

The newest Liaden Universe novel from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (CW ’73), Neogenesis, has been announced and is available for pre-order through Amazon and other booksellers.

Until the Day We Go Home,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06), was published in Fireside Fiction in August.

Ian Muneshwar‘s (CW ’14) story, “Skins Smooth as Plantain, Hearts Soft as Mango,” was published in The Dark in August.

Octavia Cade‘s (CW ’16) story, “The Stone Weta,” was published in Clarkesworld in August.

Two Clarion West alumni have stories in the latest issue of Anathema Magazine: “Beneath the Briar Patch,” by Craig L. Gidney (CW ’96) and “Never Yawn Under a Banyan Tree,” by Nibedita Sen (CW ’15).

Maura McHugh‘s (CW ’06) story, “The Light at the Centre,” has been selected by editor Stephen Jones for Best New Horror #28. It was first published in Uncertainties, Vol. 1.



Clarion West Alumni News, August 2017

It was a fantastic Summer Workshop season and Write-a-thon, and our workshop staff and volunteers are taking a well-deserved breather. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s workshop, events, and Write-a-thon a success! The workshop is the effort of many dedicated hands, and we couldn’t do it without the support of the Clarion West community.

Clarion West is pleased to announce the instructors for the 2018 Summer Workshop:

Week 1 – Daniel Abraham
Week 2 – Ken MacLeod
Week 3 – Yoon Ha Lee
Week 4 – Karen Lord
Week 5 – Karen Joy Fowler
Week 6 – Ellen Datlow

Applications open in December 2017. If you know a writer who might benefit from the workshop experience, encourage them to apply!

Upcoming fall One-Day Workshop instructors are Arinn Dembo, Nicola Griffith, J. M. Sidorova, and Kij Johnson. Go to the One-Day Workshop page to find out more and to register!

Alumni, we want to hear from you! Send your news to You should hear back from us within 48 hours. If you don’t hear back, resend your message—we have an spam filter that’s occasionally overzealous.



Two alumni are finalists for this year’s this year’s Endeavour AwardCurtis C. Chen (CW ‘14) for his novel Waypoint Kangaroo, and David D. Levine (CW ’00) for his novel Arabella of Mars.

Neile Graham (CW ‘96) is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director for Clarion West. Tina Connolly (CW ‘06) is a finalist in Best Collection for On the Eyeball Floor, and Kij Johnson is a finalist in Best Long Fiction for her novella “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe.”

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) won third place with her poem “Song of a Changeling” in the Balticon Poetry Contest of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society in May 2017. Her poem, “Well, Water, Stars,” was nominated for the Rhysling Award and reprinted in The 2017 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Poetry of 2016.



Curtis C. Chen’s (CW ‘14) second novel, Kangaroo Too, was published in July by Thomas Dunne Books.

Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti (CW ’15), has a story in New Orleans Review 2017: The African Literary Hustle.

Justin C. Key (CW ’15) was interviewed in F&SF about his story, “Afiya’s Song.”

Ghost Of The Shoals,” by Sandra M. Odell (CW ’10), appeared in Podcastle in July.

J. Y. Yang (CW ’13) has a new story out at, “Waiting on a Bright Moon.”

A new Liaden Universe story by Steve Miller (CW ‘73) and Sharon Lee, “Due Diligence,” is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Evan J. Peterson (CW ‘15) and Helen Marshall (CW ‘12) both have stories in Unspeakable Horror 2, which will be published at the end of October.

Jude-Marie Green’s (CW ‘10) story, “Far, Far from Land,” was reprinted in the newest issue of Luna Station Quarterly.

Genevieve Williams (CW ‘02) has a new story titled “Arkteia” out in issue 3 of See the Elephant Magazine.

Richard William Larson (CW ‘14) has had a busy month with publications: his story, “Spiked,” was published in Abyss and Apex; “Dispo and the Crow” was published in Mythic Delirium; “An Evening with Severyn Grimes” was published in Asimov’s; “Travelers” was published in Clarkesworld; “L’appel du vide” was published in Apex; and “Pherobomb” was published in Daily Science Fiction. His story “Ghost Girl” appeared in StarShipSofa, narrated by Elie Hirschman.

Vicki Saunders (CW ’09) has a story out in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores: “Tree with Chalicotheres.”

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) has had several recent poetry publications: “Pre-Raphaelite Girls,” written with her father, Delbert R. Gardner, and published in Buckshot Magazine; “Haunt Me,” published in Mythic Delirium 3.4; and “Silicone Valley (after “Eldorado” by Edgar Allan Poe),” in NonBinary Review #12. She was the Featured Poet in Disturbed Digest: Dark Fantasy and Horror #17, and had four poems reprinted in that issue: “I Sing Ophelia,” “A Keepsake Box for Poe,” “Godolin’s Remains,” and “Die Alone, the Demon Said.” She had three non-speculative poems reprinted in DoveTales: Refugees and the Displaced: “The Cities: approximately 7 x 7 years later,” “The Gift,” and “I Have Seen Too Much.” Her flash story, “Escape Pod,” was reprinted in Outposts of Beyond in January.

Three of her photographs (“Tea with My Tree”, “Meet the Sun Halfway”, and “Roman Legionary”) were shown at the 1st Annual Open Juried Exhibit at Gloucester Arts on Main in Gloucester, VA. Finally, Adele is thrilled to report two new publications for her father and collaborator, Delbert R. Gardner, for whom she serves as literary executor: his fantasy-mystery story, “Who’s Da Vinci?,” appeared as the cover story in Mystery Weekly Magazine, and his non-speculative poem, “What Leaf-Fringed Legend?,” appeared in El Portal.

Caroline M. Yoachim‘s (CW ’06) story, “Building a Bridge Too Vast to Cross,” was published in Daily Science Fiction in July.


New Ventures

Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (CW ’14) has launched a new Patreon. Check out her page to support her.

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) started his two-year term as Secretary of SFWA on July 1.

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