Clarion West Alumni News for July 2017

Welcome to the June 2017 edition of the Clarion West Alumni News! It’s Summer Workshop season, our favorite time of year here. The Class of 2017 is working hard, challenging themselves and each other, learning and living storytelling for six all-too-short weeks.

The Clarion West Write-a-thon is underway, and if you haven’t sponsored a writer yet, now’s a great time to browse writer profiles and pick one or several to sponsor. It’s a way to be a part of the workshop, wherever you are in the world.

Clarion West has three Fall One-Day Workshops open for registration with teachers Arinn Dembo, Nicola Griffith, and J.M. Sidorova. See the One-Day Workshops page for details and to register.


Kameron Hurley (CW ‘00) won the Locus Award for Best Non-Fiction for The Geek Feminist Revolution.

Indrapramit Das’s (CW ‘12) novel, The Devourers, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT SF/F/Horror at the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards.

Andrea Hairston​’s (CW ’99) novel, Will Do Magic for Small Change, is shortlisted for the Mythopoeic Awards.

Two Clarion West alumni are finalists for the 2017 John W. Campbell Memorial AwardNisi Shawl (CW ‘92) for Everfair and Kij Johnson (CW ‘87) for “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe.”

Octavia Cade (CW ’16) won in two categories of the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Awards, which recognizes achievement in the field by New Zealanders.  “The Convergence of Fairy Tales” won in the Best Novella / Novelette category, and her Food and Horror column series in Book Smugglers won in the Best Fan Writing category.

The Spanish translation of Quicksand House, by Carlton Mellick III (CW ’08), is a finalist in the Best Foreign Novel category for the Ignotus award from the Spanish Association of Science-Fiction & Fantasy.


Cover art for FEEDER

Feeder, a new YA novel by Patrick Weekes (CW ‘00), is available for pre-order now and will be published by Margaret K. McElderry Books in March 2018.

Lora Gray’s (CW ‘16) story, “Water like Air,” was published in the June issue of Flash Fiction Online.

Adanze Asante’s (CW ‘14) story, “A Private Room,” was published in Wraparound South.

“Epilogue,” a short story by Guy Immega (CW ’06), was published in the anthology Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty). The anthology is available now as a Kindle ebook and will be available in print September 11 in Canada and October 9 in the United States.

E. Lily Yu‘s (CW ’13) story, “The White-Throated Transmigrant,” was published at

Also at in June is Jessica Reisman’s (CW ’95) story, “Bourbon, Sugar, Grace.”

The June issue of Uncanny Magazine features work by three Clarion West alumni: “What to expect from the Hadron Collider as a college roommate,” by Betsy Aoki (CW ’16); “Missive from a Woman in a Room in a City in a Country in a World Not Her Own,“ by Mimi Mondal (CW ’15); and “Read Before Use,” by Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14).

E. M. Tippets’s (CW ‘01) new novel, Whatever After, is now available wherever fine ebooks are sold.

Robert Guffey‘s (CW ’96) debut novel, Until the Last Dog Dies, will be published in November by Night Shade/Skyhorse, and is now available for preorder.

Upon This Rock, by David Marusek (CW ’92), is now available in paperback from Amazon and as an ebook from many online retailers.

The Ivory Hummingbird,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06), was published in June in Daily Science Fiction.

Octavia Cade‘s (CW ’16) story, “The War on Space and Time,” was published in July in GigaNotoSaurus.

“Afiya’s Song,” by Justin Key (CW ’15), was published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in their July 2017 issue.

New Ventures

Brooks Peck (CW ’90) is launching a new comic called, “The Unadoptables,” with a Kickstarter. You can read the first six pages of the comic at their Kickstarter page.

Mimi Mondal (CW ’15) is now an editor at Uncanny magazine.

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