Clarion West Alumni News for October 2017

It’s October, and here at Clarion West all we want to know is where did the year go? It seems impossible that it is already autumn (though here in Seattle the trees are only now beginning to turn) and that we’re already preparing for Summer Workshop applications to open.

We have two One-Day Workshops in November: From Words to Worlds with instructor J. M. Sidorova on November 12, and Working with Other Works with instructor Kij Johnson on November 19. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with these fantastic women!

We’ve also just announced five new winter and spring workshops for 2018. Visit the One-Days Workshop page today to learn more and register.

Work for Clarion West

Clarion West has an opening for a Communications Specialist, who is in charge of writing the Alumni News as well as a number of other projects during the year. For details, see the Work for Clarion West page.


Ibi Zoboi (CW ’01) is on the National Book Awards longlist for Young People’s Literature with her book American Street.

Steve Miller (CW ’73) and Sharon Lee won the Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Readers’ Choice Award for their story, “Wise Child.”

Kameron Hurley (CW ’00) won the 2017 British Fantasy Award in Best Non-Fiction for The Geek Feminist RevolutionNisi Shawl (CW ’92) won the Best Anthology for Lightspeed’s People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction issue, which she co-edited.


Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead (OR Books, 2017), edited by Gordon Van Gelder (CW ’87), features stories by several Clarion West alumni: Leslie Howle (CW ’85), Heather Lindsley (CW ’05), David Marusek (CW ’92), Mary Anne Mohanraj (CW ’97), Ruth Nestvold (CW ’98), J. M. Sidorova (CW ’09), Leo Vladimirsky (CW ’15), and N. Lee Wood (CW ’85). Also in this volume are stories by former Clarion West board chair Karen Anderson, current board member Elizabeth Bourne, and former board member and Clarion West instructor Eileen Gunn.

Ann Leckie‘s (CW ’05) novel Provenance was published by Orbit in September. The book was reviewed by the New York TimesWired, and NPR, and an interview with Ann was published in Space.

For,” by Sandra Odell (CW ’10) was published in September by Cast of Wonders to kick off Banned Books Week. This story is a sequel to “The Dictionary’s Apprentice,” which appeared in Cast of Wonders in 2013.

Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti‘s (CW ’15) two-volume short story, “It Takes A Village Some Say” was published in The Baffler. Laurie Penny (CW ’15) has a piece called “The Globalized Jitters” in the same issue.

Ian Muneshwar (CW ’14) has a new story out in the September 2017 edition of Gamut.

These Bones Aside,” by Lora Gray (CW ’16) was published in The Dark.

Cover art for The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang

JY Yang‘s (CW ’13) novellas “The Red Threads of Fortune” and “The Black Tides of Heaven” were published by in September. The New York Times calls the books “joyously wild stuff,” and “highly recommended.”

Caroline Yoachim (CW ’06) had three stories published in anthologies in September: “Faceless Soldiers, Patchwork Ship” in Infinity Wars (Solaris, 2017), “Dreams as Fragile as Glass” in The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (Laksa Media Group, 2017), and “Dancing in the Midnight Ocean” in Oceans: The Anthology (Holt Smith, 2017).

“Bottleneck,” by A. M. Dellamonica (CW ’95) was also published in The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (Laksa Media Group, 2017).

Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04), Helena Bell (CW ’13), E. Lily Yu (CW ’13), Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), and Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) all have stories in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (Mariner Books, 2017), edited by Charles Yu and John Joseph Adams.

Cadwell Turnbull‘s (CW ’16) novelette, “Other Worlds and This One,” appeared in the July/August issue of Asimov’s. In that same issue is Rich Larson‘s (CW ’14) story, “An Evening with Severyn Grimes.”

Antarctic Birds” by A. Brym (CW ’10) was published in Clarkesworld in September. Also in that issue is “Möbius Continuum,” by Gu Shi, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16).

Neile Graham (CW ’96) has a new poem published at Liminality, “The Alchemy of Arsenic.” The poem was inspired by the Clarion West class of 2016.

Nisi Shawl‘s (CW ’92) story, “She Tore,” was published in the anthology Hell Hath No Fury (Ragnarok Books, 2017). Her story, “Sunshine of Your Love,” was published in The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (Laksa Media Group, 2017).

Astronauts Can’t Touch You,” by Carlie St. George (CW ’12) was published in Daily Science Fiction in September.

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