Clarion West Alumni News for October 2019

Dear friends,

Welcome to October! Here in Seattle, we’re enjoying the cooler weather and keeping busy as we enter the closing months of the year (and the decade!).

Last month was an exciting one: We held our inaugural Sci-Fi Trivia Night at Lagunitas Brewing Company. Thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to our trivia team captains, the Lagunitas Taproom, the Museum of Pop Culture, and Full Pull Wines for their valuable support. Congratulations to Team 9, Manifest Destiny’s Child, for taking home the coveted win.

We have more events coming up, including an open mic and author interview (details below). Don’t forget to watch our events page for more details.

In case you missed it, we’ve also announced Clarion West’s very first Online Workshop with N. K. Jemisin. There will be more spots opening up — stay tuned for news on this and more offerings of this type. If you’re interested in being the first to know about our future online workshops, email us at

Workshop Updates

We are pleased to announce that Jae Steinbacher (CW ’14) has accepted the position of Six-Week Workshop Coordinator, beginning January 2020. Jae has served as our Workshop Administrator since 2018, working alongside Workshop Director Neile Graham. A graduate of North Carolina State University’s MFA in Fiction, Jae has published short fiction in a handful of magazines; their story “Chimeras” was a Notable Story for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, edited by John Joseph Adams and Karen Joy Fowler. In 2018, Jae was named an NC Arts Council Fellow in Literature.

Please join us in congratulating Jae on stepping into a leadership role. We know that their warmth, attention to detail, and professionalism will continue to be a huge asset to our community. We plan to send out a job announcement for the soon-to-be-vacant Workshop Administrator position shortly.

One-Day/Weekend Workshops

We’ve got a great lineup of One-Day Workshops still open for the fall, including a Weekend Workshop.

Open Mic Night

October 16, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Capitol Cider
818 E Pike St

We’re collaborating with Two Hour Transport to bring you this open mic event — a night of sharing original science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Special guest readers include Shiv Ramdas (CW ’16) and Joanne Rixon.

This event is open to everyone. You’ll be able to sign up for a five-minute reading slot starting at 6:30, with readings beginning at 7:00. Guest readers will read from 8:00 onward.

Capitol Cider is an ADA accessible location with an elevator to take you to the event space.

Click here for more information.

Author Interview with Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford

November 17, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
University Book Store
4326 University Way

Clarion West presents an evening with authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford, who will interview each other about their writing careers, motivations for creating and teaching their Writing the Other workshops, and other current obsessions.

No tickets necessary.

Alumni News

Gord Sellar (CW ’06) has a new novella, “Winter Wheat,” in Asimov’s Science Fiction. It was originally drafted at Clarion West. Earlier this year, he co-translated two South Korean SF short stories with his partner, Jihyun Park, for Clarkesworld: Soyeon Jeong’s “The Flowering” and Myung Hoon Bae’s “The Peppers of GreenScallion.” A third co-translation, of Boyoung Kim’s novella “How Alike Are We,” will be appearing in Clarkesworld soon. He also has a short story, “Sojourn,” forthcoming in a not-yet-titled collection of work by authors in South Korea writing in English, edited by Sollee Bae.

Lawrence Schimel‘s (CW ’91) translation of Sofía Rhei’s poem “embalmed” has won the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2019 Dwarf Stars Award. This is the first time a translation has won the award.

Jei D. Marcade (CW ’11) has a story, “Seed and Cinder,” in Uncanny this week, featuring a character who first appeared in their Clarion West Week 6 story.

Shiv Ramdas (CW ’16) has a new story out in the current issue of Strange Horizons: “And Now His Lordship Is Laughing.”Maura McHugh (CW ’06) has a novelette, “The Mechanical Marionette Mob,” in the Scarlet Traces anthology, edited by Ian Edginton.

Steve Miller (CW ’73) and his writing partner Sharon Lee have turned in the 23rd Liaden Universe novel, Trader’s Leap, for publication toward the end of next year. Their 22nd Liaden novel, Accepting the Lance, officially appears in December. They also have a short story, “A Visit to The Galaxy Ballroom,” appearing on in November.

Congratulations, all! Send in your news for next month, and thank you for being part of the Clarion West community!

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