Clarion West Alumni News for May 2019


GiveBIG Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who took part in our GiveBIG fundraising campaign on May 8. By the end of the day, we met and exceeded the Class of 2017’s $4,000 matching challenge. Thank you, Class of 2017. Thank you, everyone!

In Memory of Vonda N. McIntyre (1948–2019)

Vonda’s memorial will be held on Sunday, June 9, from 1:45 to 4:30 p.m. It will take place at Magnuson Park, at 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. All are welcome.

Just a quick reminder: Clarion West is putting together a memorial for Vonda as well, inspired by the yarn sea creatures that she often crocheted for the Clarion West classes. Alumni, if you are the owner of one of her creatures and would like to participate, please send a photo of it to (2048 x 2048 px resolution preferred.)

2019 Write-a-thon

On Monday, June 3rd, we’ll be opening registrations for this year’s Write-a-thon. The Write-a-thon is Clarion West’s summer-fundraiser-slash-community-writing-extravaganza. It takes place at the same time as the Six-Week Summer Workshop, and it’s free and open to everyone. Sharpen your pencils and get ready to write!

One-Day Workshops

Sunday, September 8 | 10am-4pm
Steering the Craft
Award-winning author Molly Gloss presents a workshop drawing inspiration from Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic book on writing. This workshop will focus on discussion and practice in the fundamental skills of storytelling — syntax, rhythm, voice, point of view, and the “expository lump.”

Saturday, October 26 | 10am-4pm
Harvesting Stories
Join author Ken Scholes for a hands-on writing workshop designed to send you home with a brand new short story to write. You’ll create a character, setting, plot and outline, and close off the day with a robust business Q&A with writer John J.A. Pitts.

Keep an eye out for all our one-day workshops here.

Alumni News

Marlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) third book, Prisoncorp, was released this month. It’s the third and last title in her Orphancorp series. The Sydney Morning Herald has a posted review.

Andrea Chapela (CW ’17) has won the 2019 Gilberto Owen National Literature Prize for her short story collection Ansibles, perfiladores y otras máquinas de ingenio. The collection contains two of her Clarion West stories.

Adele Gardner’s (CW ’04) new alternative history/horror story, “Bonnie Parker Sings the Blues,” is the cover story in Mystery Weekly Magazine. Her horror story “The Bones of Home” appeared in Haunted House Short Stories: Anthology of New & Classic Tales, from Flame Tree Publishing, and her flash story “Things Not to Forget” has been reprinted at Flash Fiction Online. She has also had the following poems published: “A Bottle of Blue Glass” in Passages: Best of NewMyths; “Full Circle at the Poetry Workshop” in Straylight Literary Arts Magazine; “Measuring” in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine; “My Little Vampire” in Dreams & Nightmares. Two of her poems, “In the Vaults” and “My Little Vampire,” were nominated and reprinted in the 2019 Rhysling Award Anthology.

David Sandner’s (CW 87) novelette, Mingus Fingers, co-written with Jacob Weisman, is being published by Fairwood Press in November, 2019. He is also editing a collection, Philip K. Dick, Here and Now, that will come out in 2019.

CW classmates Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99) and Margo Lanagan (CW ’99) will both be Guests of Honor at the 2019 World Fantasy Convention in Los Angeles this fall.

Gord Sellar (CW ’06) and his wife Jihyun Park have published three co-translations of Korean science fiction stories: two of them, “Our Banished World” by Chang-Gyu Kim and the title story “Readymade Bodhisattva” by Seong Hwan Park, are in the collection Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction. The third is “The Flowering” by Soyeon Jeong, which was published in Clarkesworld as the first story in the magazine’s project to publish Korean SF in English. Gord and Jihyun have been assisting in Clarkesworld’s efforts with story selection, communications, and general advising. Gord has also participated in a podcast about Korean SF.

Colleen Anderson (CW ’87) has a number of new stories and poems out: “On the House” published by Black Hare Press; “Entwined” in Lycan Valley Press’s The Pulp Horror Book of Phobias; an untitled poem in; “The Briar Witch” in Eye to the Telescope; “Charmed” and “The Traveler” in Strange Fictions; “New Order” in Polar Borealis #10; “By the End” in James Gunn’s Ad Astra; “Perfect Lover” in Starline; and “The Beetle Wife” in Polu Texni.

Isabel Cañas (CW ’18) has two stories being published this summer: “The Weight of a Thousand Needles” in Lightspeed Magazine, and her Clarion West week 4 story, “No Other Life,” in Nightmare Magazine.

Greg Beatty’s (CW ’00) short story “Does a Body Good” won an honorable mention in the 2019 Tales from the Moonlit Path Mother’s Day short story contest.

Robert Guffey’s (CW ’96) latest book, Bela Lugosi and the Monogram Nine (co-authored with Gary D. Rhodes), is now available for purchase. In addition, his story “The Detective with the Glass Gun” is the lead story of the latest volume of Black Dandy.

Mimi Mondal (CW ’15) has a new story, “Malotibala Printing Press,” in Nightmare Magazine.

Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) is receiving the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award alongside Neil Clarke, recognizing the positive impacts they have made on the field of speculative fiction. The award will be presented on May 18 in Los Angeles.

Maura McHugh (CW ’06) will be writing a new five-issue arc of Judge Anderson for the Judge Dredd Magazine, called “The Dead Run.”

See you next month!

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