Alumni News

Alumni News, February 2015

The weather might be cold and damp, but here at Clarion West our hearts are warm and our hands are busy—application season is in full swing! Applications for the 2015 Summer Six-Week Workshop close on March 1. If you’re planning on applying but have been procrastinating, now’s the moment to get in and apply.

Also, check out our upcoming One-Day Workshops with J.M. Sidorova, L. Timmel Duchamp, Ken Scholes, and Cat Rambo. These one-day intensives are a great way to prepare for your writing year.

Alumni, be sure to send your news—both personal and professional—to for the monthly news. We all want to hear from you!


New Ventures

Alex Bear (CW ’11) started a freelance copyediting business at Constellation Editing. She comes highly recommended by various authors in the field, and is happy to offer a discount to any Clarion West graduate.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has also started a blog to address the dearth of speculative fiction event news in the Pacific Northwest, called Supernatural Seattle. If you’re a Pacific Northwest author, editor, publisher, or publicist who’d like a login in order to post events and articles, drop her a line—contact information is on the site.

Alex Kane (CW ’13) recently accepted the role of Managing Editor at film-criticism publisher The Critical Press.



Helen Marshall (CW ’12) and Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) are on the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award.

Nisi Shawl’s (CW ’92) article “Reviewing the Other” was chosen as the top pick for articles in the Strange Horizons Readers Poll.

Maura McHugh (CW ’06) was chosen as the Best Irish Writer in the 2014 Arcade Awards.



Cat Rambo’s (CW ’05) debut novel, Beasts of Tabat, will be published in late March from Wordfire Press and will be launched at Emerald City Comicon. Later this year, a second two-sided collection titled Neither Here Nor There will be published by fellow CW alumni Tod McCoy’s (CW ’10) publishing house, Hydra House.

Cat’s forthcoming stories in 2015 so far include “Primaflora’s Journey” and “Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and “Bit Player” and “You Have Always Lived in the Castle” in Daily Science Fiction. Her 2015 anthology appearances include “Tongues of Moon Toad” (The Bestiary Anthology), “The Subtler Art” (Blackguards), “Marvelous Contrivances of the Heart” (Fiction River: Recycled Pulp), “The Threadbare Magician” (Genius Loci), and “The Ghost-Eater” (XIII). Her convention appearances this year include ICFA, Emerald City ComicCon, Norwescon, Griffcon, GenCon, WorldCon, and the Baltimore Book Festival. Visit her site for more details.

Robert Freeman Wexler’s (CW ’97) story “Darkness, and Darkness” has accepted by Postscripts and will be published later in 2015.

Sandra Odell (CW ’10) has had her story “Curtain Call” published in Galaxy’s Edge.

Marlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) novella has been shortlisted in the Viva La Novella 3 contest. This novella was expanded from a Clarion West story workshopped under Kij Johnson.

The Washington Independent Review of Books interviewed Craig Gidney (CW ’96) about his new collection, Skin Deep Magic.

Lily Yu’s (CW ’13) story “The Pilgrim and the Angel”, first published in McSweeney’s and later reprinted in Jonathan Strahan’s Best SF & F of the Year, is now available for listening at Podcastle.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has had his story “Resurrection Points” selected for Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume 2, edited by Kathe Koja. The volume will be published by Undertow Publications/Chizine in October 2015.

Finn Fancy Necromancy cover artThe first three chapters of Randy Henderson’s (CW ’09) novel Finn Fancy Necromancy are available to read at, as well as a fun “interview” with the main character of the novel. Randy will also be appearing at venues across the Pacific Northwest to do readings and author events, including his book launch at the University Bookstore in Seattle on February 10 at 7 pm. For more information, see his schedule at his Web site.

Shannon Peavy’s (CW ’13) story “Animal Magnetism” was published in Urban Fantasy Magazine. The story was inspired by a bit of nineteenth-century pseudoscience—the pasilalinic-sympathetic compass—and was workshopped during her time at Clarion West.



Clarion West Alumni News, January 2015

At Clarion West, January means one thing—application season for the Summer Six-Week Workshop is in full swing! Our staff is busy working behind the scenes to make sure 2015 is a fantastic year for the Clarion West Workshop. Not only are we preparing for the Six-Week Workshop, but we also have some great One-Day Workshops coming up. L. Timmel Duchamp’s workshop on How to Read As a Writer is especially recommended if you want to develop your critiquing muscles.

Alumni, we want to hear all about your adventures in the new year! Send personal and publication news to Publications, new books, personal milestones—let your classmates and community know what you’re up to. We love pictures, too. Traveling somewhere in 2015? Take a picture of yourself holding a book you had a part in and send it in.

Community Announcements
Potlatch 24
February 6, 7, and 8, 2015 — Hotel Deca — Seattle, WA

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention with close ties to Clarion West. We feature a Clarion West Benefit Auction (with books, art, and unique hand-made items) on Saturday evening, as well as readings, a half-day Writers Workshop, and book sellers. All Clarion West alumni and friends are encouraged to attend.

Their single track of programming encourages lively discussion that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations—and people—in the science fiction community.

The 2015 Book of Honor is the June 2014 issue of Lightspeed magazine, the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue. The issue is available online, and special edition copies will also be on sale at a reduced price at the con.

Visit Potlatch’s website for registration details and contact information. Please register and reserve your room today!


Omenana, a new magazine that highlights fiction by authors from Africa and the African diaspora, launched in December. Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14) has an essay in this issue called “The Unbearable Solitude of Being an African Fan Girl” that is very much worth the read.

Shannon Fay (CW ’14) had her flash piece “M-STEM” published on T.Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog.

Great Leap of Shin illustration by Kurt HugginsHenry Lien’s (CW ’12) novelette “The Great Leap of Shin” is in the current issue of Analog, with an illustration by Kurt Huggins. This story was Henry’s Week 3 Clarion West story, workshopped under George R. R. Martin, and is set in the same world as his Nebula-nominated Week 6 Clarion West story that appeared in Asimov’s, “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters.”

Carol Ryles (CW ’08) has a story in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror: Volume 4 , edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene. “The Silence of Clockwork” originally appeared in the 2013 Conflux Convention Programme.

Marlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) piece “The Structure” came second in the 2014 Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction awards.

¿Cómo Se Dice?, illustrated by Romina PernigotteLawrence Schimel (CW ’91) has been busy with translations. He’s recently translated Aleíx Salò’s graphic novel Euronightmare for Penguin Random House. Words without Borders published his translation of an excerpt from Ricardo Chávez Castañeda’s The Book of Denial in their December special issue on international YA literature. He has also recently published a Spanish-language children’s book: ¿Cómo Se Dice?, illustrated by Romina Pernigotte, from Guatemalan publisher Amanuense. It’s a playful and fantasy-filled look at good manners and a love of reading.

Jenni Moody (CW ’11) had a story appear in Gingerbread House in December: “The Standing Part.”

Alison Wilgus (CW ’14) has a new story in the third Sockdolager anthology, You Gotta Wear Shades, edited by Paul Tuttle Starr. The theme of the anthology is “bright future problems”—the kinds of difficulties we might have in a post-scarcity world. “Authenticity Soup” is about a poorly-planned camping trip to Mars.

The National Film Board of Canada has green-lit the short stop-motion animated film based on Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) short story “Bone Mother.” It will be adapted and directed by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward of See Creature. Maura says, “‘Bone Mother’ was written during my stint at Clarion West, and I’m exceedingly grateful for all the support I received from my mentor that week, Ian R. MacLeod, and my classmates in 2006.”

E. Lily Yu’s (CW ’13) story “Local Stop on the Floating Train” appeared in Motherboard in December.

Helen Marshall (CW ’12) and Vince Haig (CW ’13) both have stories in Aickman’s Heirs, an anthology showcasing some of the best in dark fiction from Undertow Publishing. Vince also created the cover art for the anthology, which will be published in spring 2015.

“The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has been picked up by Jonathan Strahan for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol.9.

Nik Houser (CW ’12) has a story in the December issue of Lightspeed. “The Drawstring Detective” is about an old-timey tin toy who befriends a woman who’s lost her wedding ring.

Mark Pantoja’s (CW ’11) short story “Reset” has been produced as a radio drama by Wisconsin Public Radio. “Reset” is about a man who has his teenage daughter’s online presence rendered after her death so he can “talk” with her forever.

Steve Miller (CW ‘73) and Sharon Lee’s Guest of Honor Speech at Philcon can be read in its entirety at the Clan Korval website.



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