Clarion West Alumni News for October 2018


Were you scared? Welcome to the October Alumni News. October is the month of Halloween, that most supernatural of holidays. And whether you’re celebrating Halloween or All Saints’ Day or Día de Muertos, wherever you are in the world, we hope you’re keeping up with your writing, reading, and love of all things spooky, mystical, and arcane.

We’ve got more fun events lined up this month, starting with Writers Under the Influence: Ursula K. Le Guin, an event we’re hosting in collaboration with Seattle’s Hugo House. Featuring Eileen GunnDavid Naimon, and Nisi Shawl, this evening celebrates the legacy of Le Guin as local writers present stories, thoughts, and more.“I don’t think ‘science fiction’ is a very good name for [my work], but it’s the name that we’ve got. It is different from other kinds of writing, I suppose, so it deserves a name of its own. … [But] don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.” —Ursula K. Le Guin, from The Paris Review

Writers Under the Influence: Ursula K. Le Guin takes place at the newly remodeled Hugo House on November 17, from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Admission is free.

One-Day Workshops

Our final One-Day Workshop for the fall season, Original Story Content by Henry Lien, will be held on November 18. This class is going to be popular, so register soon if you’re still on the fence!

And stay tuned for our Winter 2019 One-Day Workshop lineup, too. We’re hard at work developing quality workshops for everyone. More news soon!

Application season for our 2019 Six-Week Summer Workshop starts in December. We’ve got another great group of instructors lined up this year, so if you’ve got friends, family members, coworkers, nieces, nephews, writing partners, or weirdly close Twitter acquaintances that you think could benefit from six weeks of intense writing and study next summer, now might be a good time to start brushing up on those application stories…

Last but not least, we’d like to remind all Americans to go vote on or before November 6.

See you next month!

Alumni News

Linda DeMeulemeester (CW ’01) recently released her latest middle grade novel, The Mystery of Croaker’s Island, from Wandering Fox Books.

Craig L. Gidney (CW ’96) has announced a new novel, A Spectral Hue, to be published by Word Horde in 2019.

Emma Osborne (CW ’16) has a new story, “One and Two,” in Kaleidotrope.

Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) has a new story, “The Things I Miss the Most,” in Uncanny.

Sarah Brooks (CW ’12) has a short story in Bare Fiction Magazine: “Sandgrown.” This story won first prize in the Bare Fiction Prize for Short Story 2017.

Book Smugglers has released the first part of “Beyond the Firmaments,” a three-part story by JY Yang (CW ’13).

Congratulations to A.T. Greenblatt (CW ’17), whose Podcastle story, “A No-Hero’s Guide to the Road of Monsters,” is shortlisted for the Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form).

Margaret Killjoy (CW ’15) has a new story, “The Fortunate Death of Jonathan Sandelson,” up at Strange Horizons.

E.A. Johnson (CW ’96) has joined forces with the Labora Collective, an Estonian workshop, to make handmade books. Eric served as the literary editor and translator for Labora’s most recent creation: The Poetics of Endangered Species: Estonia, an environmental call to action.

Maria Romasco Moore (CW ’11) will release her first book, Ghostographs, on November 1, from Rose Metal Press.

Cynthia Ward (CW ’92) recently saw two stories published: a new story, “Roadsong,” in Pulp Modern, and a reprint, “Dances with Elves,” in the anthology Fantasy for the Throne. She sold five stories: “#rising” to Weird Mask Magazine; “On Stony Ground” to Analog; “Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat” to Broadswords & Blasters; “The Kidnapped Prince” to Startling Stories; and “Ancient Astronauts” to Weirdbook Annual 2. Her story “Body Drift” will be appearing in the November-December issue of Analog, and her short dieselpunk novel The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum will be released by Aqueduct Press this month.

Gord Sellar (CW ’06), working with his wife Jihyun Park, has cotranslated a number of Korean SF stories. “An Evolutionary Myth,” by Boyoung Kim, has been picked up to be reprinted in two forthcoming books: The Apex Book of World SF, Volume 5, and a forthcoming collection of Kim’s short stories in English, to be published by Kaya Books. His tabletop RPG adventure, “The Wondrous Ales of the Abbey of St. Christopher,” is slated to be published by the Finnish RPG publisher Lamentations of the Flame Princess. He describes it as “The Color Out of Space and The Thing meet The Name of the Rose, except with way more beer and nastier body horror.” He also has a short adventure forthcoming in the game’s new Referee Book.

Greg Beatty (CW ’00) won second place in the 2018 Ligonier Valley Writers Flash Fiction Contest with his flash fiction story “SWBF.” His poem “Life’s a Garden” won the Metaphysical Poetry Society’s July poetry contest.

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) has a fantasy ghost story, “Soul Cakes,” in Lost Souls Short Stories, an anthology by Flame Tree Publishing. Her new speculative sonnet, “Lifted,” appears in Polu Texni: A Magazine of Many Arts.

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