Clarion West Alumni News for December 2016

December is here, and Summer Workshop application season is upon us!  If you’d like to apply, or know someone who does, you can find the details on the Summer Workshop page.

We’ve also just announced six new One-Day workshops for  winter and spring:

See the One-Day Workshops page for all the details.

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.


Kathleen Alcalá (CW ’87) was interviewed in High Country News about her new book, The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island. She talks about the origins of the book as well as farming and climate change on Bainbridge Island.

As Travelers in Sky Boats,” by Kristin Janz (CW ’08), appeared in Escape Pod in September.  The story is narrated by Ibba Armancas, and Kristen notes that the story’s first draft was written during a story-a-week challenge with some Clarion West classmates a few years ago.

Helena Bell‘s (CW ’13) story, “I’ve Come to Marry the Princess,” appeared in Lightspeed in November.

Curtis C. Chen‘s (CW ’14) story “Have Spacesuit, Will Travel” appears in the children’s collection Oregon Reads Aloud.

The November edition of Analog brings with it stories by two Clarion West alumni: Gord Sellar (CW ’06) and Nisi Shawl (CW ’92).

A Clean Start,” by James Gordon Harper (CW ’12) appeared in Amazing Stories in November.

Evan J. Peterson‘s (CW ’15) memoir, The PrEP Diaries, is now available for preorder from Lethe Press.

“‘Play you Must:’ Villette and the Nineteenth-Century Board Game,” Siobhan Carroll‘s (CW ’09) article on 19th century board games and Charlotte Bronte’s Villette, was published in the journal Nineteenth-Century Contexts.


Curtis Chen (CW ’14) recently did panels at a couple of local cons: the first-ever Nerd Camp and the 38th OryCon. He also appeared at Powell’s Authorfest. The Vancouver, WA Barnes & Noble’s SF/F book club is reading his novel Waypoint Kangaroo for their first meeting of 2017, and he’ll be there to field questions. Anyone in the Vancouver, WA area can stop by on January 10th to join the discussion.

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