Clarion West Alumni News for April 2016

The cherry trees are in full bloom and the days are getting longer and warmer in Seattle, where Clarion West is busy getting ready for summer. The Clarion West class of 2016 has been announced and our workshop staff and volunteers are preparing for the workshop, the Summer Reading Series, and the Write-a-thon.

We have a few more One-Day Workshops coming up this spring:


Justina Robson’s (CW ’96) novel, Glorious Angels, was shortlisted for the 2015 BSFA Awards.

Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04) won the 2016 Whiting Award. The Whiting Awards are based on “early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come,” and each award comes with a prize of $50,000.

Deb Taber (CW ’04) was selected as a member of the 2016 Tiptree Award jury. Anyone can recommend works for consideration here:


You Are Not the Hero of This Story,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06), appeared in Daily Science Fiction in late March.

David Levine (CW ‘00) has a story at, titled “Discards.” This story is set in the Wild Cards universe, created by George R. R. Martin.

Kelly Sandoval’s (CW ’13) story, “The Stories She Tells Herself,” appeared in Daily Science Fiction on April 1.

Alex Kane’s (CW ’13) comic book, Asphodel #1, is now available on ComiXology, where it debuted on the best-sellers list and remained there for over a week after it was released. The comic began as a story written during Chip Delany’s week at Clarion West 2013.

Cover art for The Devourers by Indrapramit Das

The cover for the North American edition of Indrapramit Das’s (CW ’12) novel The Devourers has been revealed. This edition will be published in the United States and Canada in July, and is now available for preorder.  The Devourers earned nominations for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Tata Live! Literature First Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the 2016 Crawford Award.

Margaret Killjoy (CW ’15) has a story in Strange Horizons, “The Name of the Forest.”

Mimi Mondal’s (CW ’15) story, “And the Final Frontier is Heaven,” was published in the Fiction issue of Kindle Magazine (India) in March. She also signed a contract with Juggernaut Books to publish her short story collection Other People as individual short stories in 2016 and as a complete book in 2017. One of the stories from the collection, “This Sullied Earth, Our Home,” was published in PodCastle in February 2015, the first story from their Artemis Rising festival.

Michael Matheson’s (CW ‘14) story, “Change as Seen Through an Orrery of Celestial Fire,” was just published in the anthology Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen, edited by Claude Lalumière and Mark Shainblum. The anthology was published in Canada in March and will be published in the the United States in April.

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) recently contributed guest posts to two writing blogs: “The Joy of Deadlines” on ShadowSpinners and “The Page as Performance” on NaNoEdMo.  Curtis also adds: “My wife and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary by completing some long-overdue homemaking projects, including putting up more bookshelves!” (The need for bookshelves never ends!)

Rhiannon Rasmussen (CW ’14) has a story in the Spring 2016 edition of The Sockdolager: “As You Were, Aggie.”

Marlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) story, “Phasing In, Phasing Out,” also appears in the Spring 2016 edition of The Sockdolager.

Greg Beatty (CW ‘00) has had his poem, “Why Grandma Weeps,” accepted for publication in Eye to the Telescope.

Henry Lien (CW ‘12) has sold his first novel, Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword, along with its first sequel in a two book deal to Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The first book will be published in 2017.

Sandra Odell’s (CW ‘10) story, “Gina Starlight’s Got The Blues,” has been published in Perehelion.

Robert Guffey’s (CW ‘96) essay, “Here Among the Dead: The Phantom Carriage (1921) and the Cinema of the Occulted Taboo,” has been published in the collection Expressionism in the Cinema. He has also had a collaborative story published in Buffalo Zine No. 3, “Janelle’s Key,” written with Irvine Welsh, Fred Venturini, John Schoneboom, Arthur Mauritz, and John Keene.

Mark Pantoja (CW ’11) has had his story, “The Redesign,” published at

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