Clarion West Alumni News for March 2017

Welcome to the Clarion West March Alumni News! There’s a lot of excellent news this month in awards and publications.

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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.


Nebula nominations have been announced! Several Clarion West alumni have been nominated this year: Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) for EverfairKij Johnson (CW ’87) for “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe,” and Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) for “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0.” Congratulations, all!

Malcolm Devlin (CW ’13) is shortlisted for the BSFA for “The End of Hope Street.”

This year’s Aurealis Awards short list features Ian McHugh (CW ’06) for “The Baby Eaters” and Jack Nicholls (CW ’11) in two categories for his story, “Dune Time.”

The Locus Recommended Reading list is out, and Clarion West has more than a few alumni on it:

  • Daniel Abraham (CW ’98) as both himself and as half of James S. A. Corey
  • Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01)
  • Curtis Chen (CW ’14)
  • Tina Connolly (CW ’06)
  • James Alan Gardner (CW ‘ 89)
  • Andrea Hairston (CW ’99)
  • Kameron Hurley (CW ’00)
  • Kij Johnson (CW ’87)
  • Richard William Larson (CW ’14)
  • David D. Levine (CW ’00)
  • S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16)
  • Sonia Lyris (CW ’92)
  • Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13)
  • Mary Anne Mohanraj (CW ’97)
  • An Owomoyela (CW ’08)
  • Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07)
  • Cat Rambo (CW ’05)
  • Gord Sellar (CW ’06)
  • Nisi Shawl (CW ’92)
  • Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04)
  • Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05)
  • JY Yang (CW ’13)
  • Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06)
  • E Lily Yu (CW ’13)


A Secret History of Witches, by Louisa Morgan (also known as CW 1993’s Louise Marley), will be published in September 2017 in a hardcover edition. Plans are underway for a book launch party at University Book Store in Seattle–stay tuned for details.

cover art for The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, a middle grade fantasy novel by Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01), was published in the UK in February. The US edition will be published in May. The Guardian featured the book on their Children’s Book Roundup in late February.

Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, by Sheree Renée Thomas

Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, by Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99), was published last year by Aqueduct. It features poetry and short stories, and received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review. Her story, “Who Needs the Stars if the Full Moon Loves You?” appeared in Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. The collection was published to celebrate what would have been Gwendolyn Brooks’s 100th year. Her short story, “Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight,” appears in Sycorax’s Daughters, a new collection of black women’s horror and scholarship.

Gabrielle Civil and Sheree Renee Thomas (CW '99) at OBSIDIAN book launch AWP 17
Gabrielle Civil and Sheree Renee Thomas (CW ’99) at OBSIDIAN book launch AWP 17

She also edited with along with Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) a special double-volume of Obsidian: “Speculating Futures: Black Imagination & the Arts.” Featuring stories by Christopher Caldwell (CW ’07) and Alex Jennings (CW ’03), this double volume also includes poetry, a graphic novel excerpt, drama, scholarship, and visual art.

Nisi Shawl‘s (CW ’92) story, “Queen of Dirt,” appeared in Apex in February. She was also interviewed by G. G. Silverman about Everfair and other topics.

Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14) was interviewed about her work by editor Rivqa Rafael in The Future Fire.

cover art for American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi‘s (CW ’01) novel American Street was published in February. The book has gathered numerous fantastic reviews from places like The New York Times (who called the book “self-assured, elegant and utterly captivating”), The Book Smugglers, and BookPage.

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) has a new short story out, another fantasy tale involving cats! “The Good Son” appears in Deep Waters, Volume 2.

Cynthia Ward‘s (CW ’92) short alternate-history novel, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess, is now out from Aqueduct Press.

Anne Toole (CW ’11) was interviewed in Digital Production Buzz about writing for webisodes, video games, and television.

“Destroy All Monsters,” by Robert Guffey (CW ’96) was published in the tenth anniversary edition of the Mailer Review.

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