Clarion West Alumni News for March 2015

This is one of those times of year where things only appear quiet here at Clarion West. Like ducks, our feet are furiously paddling under the surface: working on selecting the Class of 2015, putting on One-Day Workshops and an upcoming special event, and putting together the Summer Reading Series and the annual Write-a-thon.

We have a few more Spring One-Day Workshops coming up: an encore of the sold-out Muse Management and Production in the Story Factory workshop with Ken Scholes on April 19, Flash Fiction with Cat Rambo on May 3, and the newly announced Point of View workshop with Paul Park on May 24. Space is limited, so if you want to sign up, now’s the time!

Awards and Nominations

The Nebula Award nominations have been released. Congratulations to all of the nominees, and especially these Clarion West alumni:

  • Ann Leckie (CW ’05), nominated for Best Novel for Ancillary Sword
  • Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05), nominated for Best Novella for “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)”
  • Usman T. Malik (CW ’13), nominated for Best Short Story for “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family”

The Horror Writers Association has announced the final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. Congratulations to Usman T. Malik (CW ’13), nominated in the Short Fiction category for “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” and to Helen Marshall (CW ’12), nominated in the Fiction Collection category for Gifts for the One Who Comes After.

Ian McHugh (CW ’06) has been nominated for the Aurealis Award in the Best Collection category for his book Angel Dust.


“Bilingual,” by Henry Lien (CW ‘15), appears in the March/April 2015 issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. The story is about a teenage girl who figures out a way to save the dolphins in Taiji, Japan from being slaughtered by the thousands every year, by teaching them a meme to spread and warn each other with. It is told in the format of a Twitter feed. This was Henry’s week five Clarion West story, workshopped under Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. The story was inspired by Henry’s viewing of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” on the plane up to Clarion West in 2012. After seeing the documentary, he resolved to write something during the coming six weeks that would help be a voice for the dolphins.

SF Signal featured an article on the women of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s (CW ’73) Liaden Universe in February.

J. Y. Yang’s (CW ’13) story “Tiger Baby” was reviewed at in February.

Curtis C Chen (CW ‘14) has had his story “It’s Machine Code” published in Unlikely Story #11: The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography.

Lambda Literary interviewed Craig Gidney (CW ’96) about his new book and diversity in the speculative fiction field.

Alisa Alering (CW ‘11) has had her story “The Island of White Houses” appear on Drabblecast. The story was originally published in Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt’s Flytrap #11.

Rich Larson’s (CW ‘14) has several new stories out: “Meshed” in Clarkesworld, “The Sky Didn’t Load Today” in Daily Science Fiction, and “The King in the Cathedral” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Julie Steinbacher’s (CW ’14) story “Inter-Exo” appears in Terraform. (Please note that the link contains nudity.)

Indra Das (CW ’12) has his story “The Supplicant” in Blink.


Curtis C. Chen and his wife at Arecibo

Curtis C. Chen recently visited the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico with his wife DeeAnn—that’s the telescope in the background of the picture. (And it looks lovely and warm there!)

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