Board and Staff Members

Clarion West incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1986, with workshop alumni and other interested members of the science fiction community forming its first Board of Directors. With the help of many dedicated volunteers and a core of committed professional staff, Clarion West has produced some of science fiction and fantasy’s top writers and editors. Graduates have received every major form of recognition in the field, including the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards.

Our Board

Karen G. Anderson

Karen G. Anderson is a journalist, book reviewer, humor columnist, and web content consultant who lives in Seattle with her partner, Tom Whitmore, and their highly photogenic cats.

Elizabeth Bourne

Elizabeth Bourne is a writer who attended the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction novel workshop, where she is also a member of the Board of Directors. She is an owner of Tsongas Litigation Consulting, and is a member of that firm’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.

Felicia R. Gonzalez

Felicia R. Gonzalez is a poet, short fiction writer, and development professional who also serves on the board of 4Culture. An alumna of the Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and a recipient of an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, she has been on the Clarion West board since 2011.

Ned Hayes

Ned Hayes (Nick Hallum) is a novelist with three published novels, including The Eagle Tree. He is a longtime technology leader, and has led product teams at Adobe, Microsoft, Xerox PARC, Vulcan Labs and most recently Intel. He holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop and is a lifelong fan of science-fiction, fantasy and all types of speculative fiction.

Jeffrey Lemkin

Jeffrey Lemkin is a marketer, business writer, book collector, food blogger and Clarion West’s Secretary. He has been a speculative fiction fan for more than a half century and currently lives on Camano Island with his wife and cat, both of whom tolerate him.

Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy is a Clarion West alumnus whose work has appeared in AntipodeanSF,, the.gloaming magazine, and the anthology Bronies: For the Love of Ponies. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy. He serves as the board’s Vice Chair.

Vicki Saunders

Vicki Saunders is a writer, editor, and graphic designer who attended Clarion West in 2009. She serves as the board’s Chair and Clarion West’s Art Director.

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl is the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning author of the story collection Filter House and the novel Everfair.  She attended Clarion West in 1992.

Yang-Yang Wang

Yang-Yang Wang is an actor and writer who attended Clarion West in 2014. A lover of brevity, he serves as Clarion West’s Treasurer.

Our Staff

Rebecca Lane


Rebecca’s life’s work is driven by a passion for social justice and powerful change based in logic and equity. As a systems thinker and seasoned executive and development professional, she takes great joy in bringing a culture of philanthropy to every organization she supports. Nonprofit work is hard to do well; the best organizations have both discipline and spirit. In her personal life, she’s a textile artist and gardener.

Neile Graham


Canadian-born, Neile has been in awe of what happens at Clarion West since she attended as a student in 1996 and is delighted that her life since is still full of writing and writers. She has three published collections and a spoken word CD of poetry, as well as numerous projects in the works.

Micaiah “Huw” Evans


A native of the Pacific Northwest, Huw attended Clarion West in 2012. He writes (mostly speculative) fiction and lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, and far too many books.

Katherine Sparrow


Katherine is a writer and social worker living in Seattle with her partner, two kids, and the enigmatic Couch and Chair (guinea pigs). She attended Clarion West in 2005.

Kris Millering


Kris Millering is a linguist by training, a tech tinkerer by trade, and a writer and photographer by avocation. She moved to Seattle from Iowa twenty years ago, and now lives between the ocean and the mountains on the Olympic Peninsula. She attended Clarion West in 2009.

Suzanne Tompkins


An independent association manager and meeting planner, Suzanne (aka Suzle) has been involved in SF fandom since the mid-60’s. She has co-edited four fanzines and helps to run numerous SF cons, most recently the Seattle Potlatches, as well as the 2011 and 2013 Worldcons.

Kate Schaefer


Kate’s past includes financial analysis for a large but now-defunct bank, database programming, attending Clarion West in 1992, and a great deal of sewing. Her present includes cloud database administration, volunteering for Clarion West, much sewing, and a long reading list.

Erik Owomoyela


A former Nebraskan, Erik first moved west to attend Clarion West in 2010. He now lives in Seattle, finding creative applications for his journalism degree.