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Clarion West Alumni News, July 2016

We’re now deep into workshop season here at Clarion West — this year’s students are hard at work during these intense six weeks. There are still a few more readings in our Summer Reading Series on Tuesday evenings, and we hope you’ll join us!

The Write-a-thon is also still in full swing, and we hope you’ll stop by and sponsor a writer or two. While you’re on the Clarion West site, you can also check out our upcoming One-Day Workshops.

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to 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.



Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07) has won a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant for her novel, Project Empathy.

Ann Leckie (CW ’05) won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for Ancillary Mercy.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award, for his novella “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn.”



cover art for Arabella of MarsDavid D. Levine‘s (CW ’00) first novel, Arabella of Mars, will be published by Tor on July 12! There will be copies for sale at Westercon (6/30-7/4), where he’s the Fan Guest of Honor, and he’ll be reading and signing in Portland (7/13), San Diego (7/15), Los Angeles (7/16), New York City (7/20), Bainbridge Island (7/28), and Seattle (7/29). See for details. Please check David’s site for more details and updates—due to family medical concerns, these signings may be rescheduled or canceled.

Robert Freeman Wexler‘s (CW ’97) story, “Darkness, and Darkness,” is out now in Postscripts 36/37/The Dragons of the Night.

In August 2015, Ron Drummond‘s (CW ’87) story, “Planck’s Pleroma,” was published in Issue 19 of Eleven Eleven, an international journal of art and literature published by the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In October, he gave a public reading of that story at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, NY. Additionally, he has two pieces in recent issues of The New York Review of Science Fiction: “Unsettled Reflections on Michael Bishop’s ‘Rattlesnakes and Men'” (Sept. 2015 issue) and “Unsettled Reflections on David Hartwell” in the special Hartwell Memorial issue. Five more pieces — a short story, a myth-telling, a dream-telling, and two essays — are forthcoming in the feminist-themed, women-helmed anthology, Encyclopedia Vol. 3 L-Z, published by Encyclomedia.

cover art for The Conclave of ShadowAlyc Helms‘s (CW ’12) second novel, The Conclave of Shadow, will be coming out from Angry Robot on July 5, 2016. The Conclave of Shadow is a supernatural caper adventure in the style of “Ocean’s Eleven” or “Escape from Alcatraz,” and the second in her Adventures of Mr. Mystic urban fantasy series.

Magnifica Angelica Superable,” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (CW ’09), appears in the July 2016 issue of Lightspeed.

Nancy Jane Moore (CW ’97) has a story titled “Until We Are All Free” in The Shadow Conspiracy III, published by Book View Café.

Wise Child,” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (CW ’73), was published on in June.

Robert Guffey‘s (CW ’96) story “Destroy All Monsters” will be appearing in the fall issue of The Mailer Review.



CW Alumni News, June 2016

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.




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