Clarion West Alumni News for February 2016

There’s some great reading for cold February evenings in this month’s Alumni News! Clarion West’s staff and volunteers are busy with applications and preparing for this summer’s workshop and readings.

We’ve just announced four new One-Day Workshops for spring 2016:

Check them out and register soon—they may fill up quickly.

Clarion West is co-sponsoring an evening at Seattle’s Hugo House celebrating Octavia Butler on March 22. This event will feature readings and conversation with Vonda N. McIntyre, Gabriel Teodros, Caren Gussoff, Quenton Baker, and Nisi Shawl. Admission is free, and books will be for sale by the Elliott Bay Book Company. See the Hugo House site for more information.

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.


Marlee Jane Ward (CW ’14) has won the Victoria Premier Literary Award in the Prize for Young Adults category for Welcome to Orphancorp. Congratulations!


Vonda McIntyre (a Clarion West founder), Nisi Shawl, (CW ’92), Ann Leckie (CW ’05), and Usman Malik (CW ’13) have all had stories chosen for the The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Vol 10, edited by Jonathan Strahan.

Vonda McIntyre’s story “Little Sisters” has also been chosen for The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton.

Rebecca Campbell (CW ’15) has had her story “Glad Hosts” selected for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016.

K. C. Ball’s (CW ’10) story “Last Call” appeared in Daily Science Fiction in January.

Jude-Marie Green (CW ’10) has a story in The Colored Lens titled “Miracles Wrought Before Your Eyes.”

David Herter’s (CW ’90) story “Islands off the Coast of Capitola, 1978” was chosen by Lois Tilton as one of the year’s best in her “2015 Reviews in Review” column.

Secrets on the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire

Patrick Samphire’s (CW ’01) debut novel Secrets of the Dragon Tomb was published in February. This middle-grade novel is fully illustrated by Jeremy Holmes.

Laurie Penny’s (CW ’15) story about a serial killer’s apprentice, “The Killing Jar,” was published in Motherboard in February.

Sandra Odell’s (CW ’10) story “Godfall” appeared in GigaNotoSaurus in January.

Jon Allison (CW ’07) has a flash story titled “The Missing Finger of Jerry Garcia” in Freeze Frame Fiction.

A.M. Dellamonica (CW ’95) had her story “The Glass Galago,” set in the same universe as her novels Child of a Hidden Sea and Daughter of No Nation, published at

Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) story “Zel and Grets” will appear in The Grimm Future anthology. Her story “Valerie” will be reprinted in the NewCon Press anthology Obsidian: A Decade of Horror Stories by Women.

Gord Sellar’s (CW ’06) story “Sunshine” was published in Cosmos Magazine in January.

Rich Larson (CW ’14) has a story out in Clarkesworld titled “Extraction Request.”


Randy Henderson (CW ’09) will be launching his novel Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free with an event at the University Bookstore in Seattle on February 16. He will also be reading at the Grassroots Bookstore in Corvallis, Oregon on February 18, at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, California on February 19, at Borderlands in San Francisco on February 20 (with Alyx Dellamonica, CW ’95), at Mysterious Galaxy San Diego on Sunday, February 21, and several more locations in February and March. See Randy’s Web site for more details.

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