Clarion West Alumni News for December 2017

It’s December, the season of giving and receiving gifts (of books!).  But it’s also Clarion West Summer Workshop application season, as well. If you’d like to apply, or if you know someone who might benefit from six intensive weeks of workshop, growth, and exploration, visit the Summer Workshop page to learn more.

Sign up today for the One-Day Workshop Strange People: Creating Alien and Fantastic Characters with instructor Cassandra Rose Clarke on January 14. Create the strange, the disturbing, the nearly-familiar, and learn how to take your characters to the next level.  Check out our whole line up of One-Day workshops.

We’re pleased to announce that Jeremy Sim (CW ’11) has taken on the role of Communications Specialist for Clarion West. Jeremy is a writer, game creator, and all-purpose tech specialist, and we’re very happy to have him on board!

And on a personal note: it’s been an honor and a privilege to be able to write the Alumni News every month for the past few years. Thank you to all of the alumni who’ve sent in news items or posted in the CW Facebook group—it’s been wonderful talking with each and every one of you.
Kris Millering


Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01) is on the shortlist for the East Sussex Children’s Book Award for her novel The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart.

Ibi Zoboi‘s (CW ’01) book American Street was named a New York Times notable children’s book of 2017.

Christopher Reynaga‘s (CW ’08) podcast “Point Mystic” has been nominated for three Audioverse Awards, in the categories Best Actress in an Ensemble Role for a New, Ongoing, Production, Best Actor in an Ensemble Role for a New, Ongoing, Dramatic, Production, and Best Actor in an Ensemble role for an Ongoing, Dramatic, Production.


Carlie St. George‘s (CW ’12) story, “Three May Keep a Secret,” was published in Strange Horizons in November.

Cover art for Food and Horror

Octavia Cade‘s (CW ’16) book of essays, Food and Horror: Essays on Ravenous Souls, Toothsome Monsters, and Vicious Cravings, was published in December by Book Smugglers Publishing.

Portrait of Skull with Man,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (CW ’17), was published in Fireside Fiction in November.

Lawrence Schimel‘s (CW ’91) translation of Mexican writer Juan Villoro’s middle grade fantasy novel The Wild Book has just been published by Restless Books as the lead title for their new children’s book imprint Yonder. His translation of Cuban SF writer Yoss’ story, “The Fortean Limes,” was published in Litro Magazine.

“Small Courages,” by Eric Witchey (CW ’98), was published in the anthology More Alternative Truths. The book also features Clarion West founder Vonda N. McIntyre and former board chair Karen Anderson.

Jenni Moody‘s visual collage poem, “Tesseract,” was published in Aquifer: The Florida Review Online.

Robert Guffey with a box of copies of his book UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES
Robert Guffey with a box of copies of his book, Until the Last Dog Dies.

Until the Last Dog DiesRobert Guffey‘s (CW ’96) debut novel, was published by Night Shade Books in November.

Jeremy Sim (CW ’11) and Jeff Spock (CW ’04) have been working on a series graphic novels based on the universe of Endless Space 2. You can read them on the Endless Space Wiki site.

Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead, edited by Gordon Van Gelder (CW ’87), was published in December by OR Books. This anthology includes stories by 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), N. Lee Wood (CW ’85), and former Clarion West board member Karen Anderson. You can order the book at the publisher’s site.

Emergency Scenarios,” a flash story by Kelly M. Sandoval (CW ’13), was published in Daily Science Fiction in November.

James Alan Gardner‘s (CW ’89) novel All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault was published by Tor in November.

A Third of the Stars of Heaven,” by Cadwell Turnbull (CW ’16), was published in Lightspeed in December and will be available online on December 21.Keep well, and write on!

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