Clarion West Alumni News for March 2016

Here at Clarion West, the action is ramping up as we prepare for the Six-Week Workshop, the Summer Reading Series, and some great spring One-Day Workshops. We have exciting news about the Nebula Awards in this edition of the Alumni News, as well as new work from our alumni.

There’s still space available in these One-Day Workshops:


The Nebula Awards nominations have been announced, and there’s a Clarion West alumnus in almost every category! The 50th annual Nebula Awards will be presented in Chicago on the evening of May 14.

Our alumni nominees are:

  • Ann Leckie (CW ‘05) for her novel, Ancillary Mercy
  • Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) for his novella, “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn”
  • Henry Lien (CW ‘12) for his novelette “The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society”
  • David D. Levine (CW ’00) for his short story, “Damage”
  • Tina Connolly (CW ‘06) for her novel Seriously Wicked

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has been nominated for the 2016 Compton Crook Award for her novel, Beasts of Tabat.


cover art for THE SEER by Sonia Lyris

Sonia Orin Lyris’ (CW ’92) book, The Seer, is out now from Baen: “In a small mountain village, a young girl speaks prophecies to keep her older sister and infant nephew from starving. One night, a powerful, wealthy man pounds at the door, demanding answers. Dangerous answers. Now, in order to survive, the seer must do more than predict the future. She must create it.”

Ibi Zoboi’s (CW ’01) YA debut, American Street, will be published in winter 2017 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. American Street is part of a two-book deal.

Christopher Rowe (CW ’96) has a story, “Brownsville Station,” in the upcoming anthology Drowned Worlds, edited by Johnathan Strahan. It features stories set in futures wracked by a deluge.

Julie Steinbacher’s (CW ’14) story, “Territory”, appeared in PodCastle in February.

Evan Peterson (CW ’15) has a story, titled “The Moon and the Devil and the Ace of Wands,” in the anthology The Myriad Carnival, out from Lethe Press.

Katrina Forest (CW ’09) has had her story, “Pidgin,” featured in the Flash Fiction Online 2015 Anthology.

Shawn Scarber’s (CW ’06) story, “The Opening of the Bayou Saint John,”  was published in Strange Horizons.

Breaking Water,” by Indrapramit Das (CW ‘12), was published on

Siobhan Carroll’s (CW ’09) story, “Travelling in the Grey Country,” has been published in AE.

Caren Gussoff (CW ’08) has a story, “Spring Forward,” forthcoming in Black Static.

Rachel Swirsky’s (CW ‘05) novelette, “Love Is Never Still,” came out in March in Uncanny Magazine.

Caroline M. Yoachim’s (CW ‘06) “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station,” a Choose Your Own Adventure-style story, is this month’s cover story in Lightspeed.

Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92) has an essay titled “The People Men Don’t See” published for the People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! anthology Kickstarter.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has two new stories coming out: “Red in Tooth and Cog” will appear in the March/April Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and “Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest” appears in the science fantasy issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Robert Guffey’s (CW ’96) novelette, “The Wedding Photographer,” will be out soon in the anthology Postscripts #36/37.

Kris Millering (CW ’09) has a story, “Wildfire Sky,” in Truth Beyond Paradox, an anthology of stories set in the world of Mage: The Ascension.

Appearances, etc.

Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92) and Cynthia Ward (CW ‘92) are teaching an online version of their fantastic Writing the Other workshop on March 14. You can find more information at Brown Paper Tickets.

Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92) will also host “Writers Under The Influence,” an event honoring Octavia E. Butler, at Hugo House in Seattle on March 22. Vonda N. McIntyre and Caren Gussoff will read at the event, along with other Pacific Northwest writers. This event is a co-production of Clarion West and Hugo House.

We received a dispatch from Cat Rambo (CW ’05 and current president of SFWA): “2016 marks plenty of travel for me, but all fun stuff. I’m off to the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts mid-March, then hitting Norwescon, then off to the Associated Writing Programs conference at the end of the month.

“In news from my volunteer role with SFWA, we’ve just unveiled a shiny new feature in the form of the Speakers Bureau. Please check it out! There is a ton of cool new stuff coming this year from SFWA plus a lot of the usual good features, so stay tuned for some of that. If you’re looking for nonfiction writing opportunities, remember the SFWA Blog pays 6 cents a word and the SFWA Bulletin 10 cents a word. You can find the guidelines on the SFWA site.

“My online classes are going well, and I recently added an on-demand component, which you can see at”

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