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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 alumni@clarionwest.org. 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!

Publications

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.

Appearances
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.


 

Clarion West Alumni News, Fall 2014

 December 2014

As we come to the close of the year, Clarion West would like to thank its many friends and supporters for all of your hard work and encouragement in 2014. Thank you, everyone! We are lucky to have such a strong community, both here in Seattle and around the world.

We’ve opened applications for the Six-Week Workshop. If you or a friend might be interested in the workshop, have them check out the Summer Workshop page for information about applications, costs, scholarships, and what the experience is like. The application fee is discounted by $20 for those who apply early.

Community Announcements

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

Come to Potlatch 24!

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. Take a look–it’s thought-provoking. 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!

Publications

Silence of Six coverSilence of Six by Eugene Myers (CW ’05) was published in November by Adaptive Books and can be purchased wherever fine books are sold.

Anne Toole (CW ’11) has several comics out right now. Crystal Cadets, contemporary superhero fare for girls, has its third issue coming out in December, just in time for the holidays. Her print comic, the 2014 Holiday edition of Grimm Fairy Tales from Zenescope, features Krampus and debuted on November 19th. Her free digital comic series, Dead Island, is a humorous look at a zombie apocalypse. It runs from November through January, and can be downloaded for free at DarkHorse.com.

Alisa Alering’s (CW ‘11) story “The Night Farmers’ Museum” was chosen by judge Robert Coover as runner-up for the 2014 Italo Calvino Prize.

Corinne Duyvis holding her novel OtherboundCorinne Duyvis (CW ‘11’) has several recent and upcoming publications. Her pulpy 1950’s lesbian superhero novella “The Masks of Sigma City” was published in the Superpow anthology by the Red Penny Papers.  Her YA fantasy novel Otherbound, which was published by Amulet Books/ABRAMS in June, has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and BCCB, positive reviews from The Horn Book Magazine, Booklist, Strange Horizons, Locus Magazine, and SFX Magazine, and was blurbed by Margo Lanagan (CW’99). Corinne’s next novel, a YA sci-fi called On the Edge of Gone, also sold this year, again to Amulet Books/ABRAMS. On the Edge of Gone is about an autistic girl in 2035 Amsterdam who tries to keep her family together in the immediate aftermath of a devastating comet impact.

Alison Wilgus (CW ‘14) has a story called “King Tide” in Terraform, VICE’s new short SF market. “King Tide” is about a young woman’s evening walk through the flooded streets of a near-future Brooklyn, and was illustrated by Koren Shadmi.

Neile Graham (CW ’96) has a poem in Goblin Fruit called “Chant for Summer Darkness in Northwest Climes.”

Usman Tanveer Malik’s (CW ‘13) story “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” has been acquired for podcasting by Tor.com. The story will be featured as part of Tor.com reviewer Mahvesh Murad’s newly launched Midnight in Karachi podcast and will run in January 2015.

Indrapramit Das (CW ’12) has a new short story, “A Moon for the Unborn,” published at Strange Horizons, in which a couple on Earth struggles to recover from a rather traumatic exoplanetary expedition.

Kelly Sandoval (CW ’13) has her story “The One They Took Before” out in the current issue of Shimmer. Her story will be online on December 16, but you can buy the issue right now at www.shimmerzine.com.

Henry Lien (CW ‘12) was recently named Arts Editor of Interfictions and November’s issue also marks the launch of the new Arts Department. Henry recommends checking out the project “Aihportue,” an interactive, digital, online artwork that feeds into a real, room-sized installation in a home in Virginia that allows Interfictions readers to experiment on the inhabitants of the home.

 


 

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