Clarion West Alumni News for 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!


Silence of Six cover

Silence 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

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 Otherbound

Corinne 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 The story will be featured as part of 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

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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