Board & 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.

Board of Directors

Shweta Adhyam

Shweta Adhyam

Chair
Shweta (CW ’17) speaks five languages, belongs to four cultures, has had three careers, loves two cities, and thinks escapism is excellent.
She/her.

Photo of MIsha Stone

Misha Stone

Vice Chair
Misha is a librarian in Seattle specializing in readers’ advisory. Misha loves books, karaoke, coffee and fall in the Northwest.
She/her.

Huw Evans

M. Huw Evans

Secretary
Huw (CW ’12) served as workshop administrator 2014–2017. He writes, edits, and—when time and family permit—reads.
He/him.

M. L. Krishnan

M. L. Krishnan (CW ’19) is a writer and editor who hails from the coastal shores of Tamil Nadu, South India. She works with khōréō Magazine and lives in the Midwest.
She/her.

Jon Lasser

Jon (CW ’16) lives in Seattle. His stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Diabolical Plots, Underland Arcana, and elsewhere.
He/him.

Alexandra Manglis

Alexandra Manglis

Alexandra Manglis (’17) is a Cypriot writer living in New England. She likes long naps and deep time.

Tod McCoy

Tod (CW ’10) runs Hydra House Books, writes contemporary fantasy and poetry, and loves pizza and chimichangas. But not mixed together.
He/him.

Kris Millering

Kris (CW ’09) is a linguist by training, a tech tinkerer by trade, and a writer and photographer by avocation.
She/her.

Zola Mumford

Zola is an academic librarian; researcher; co-leader of the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute; a community story training program of the Wa Na Wari community arts project; and a writer.

Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace graduated from Clarion West in 2007. She is a writer and math tutor based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She/her.

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl

Nisi (CW ’92) has been on the board for over 20 years! They are still writing. Their time as CW’s Communications Director helped tighten their prose.
They/them.

Elsa Sjunneson

Elsa Sjunneson

Elsa is a nonfiction & fiction writer and disability rights activist. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two children and ridiculous corgi.
She/her.

Photo of Yang-Yang Wang

Yang-Yang Wang

Yang-Yang (CW ’14) is an actor and writer. A lover of brevity, and former board chair, he can be found Wednesday evenings on a Fantasy Author D&D Twitch Stream.
He/him.

Staff

Photo of María Alejandra Barrios

María Alejandra Barrios

Workshop Facilitator
María is a writer from Colombia living in Brooklyn. She writes about ghosts, magic and immigration and edits SmokeLong Quarterly en Español.
She/her.

Photo of Elly Bangs

Elly Bangs

Database Specialist
Elly attended Clarion West in 2017. She rides her bicycle everywhere and enjoys pie, dream pop, and obscure factoids about outer space.
She/her.

Marnee Chua

Executive Director
Marnee is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, nonprofit administrator, reader, and loves to scuba dive. She prefers stories with kimchi in space.
She/her.

Photo of Amy Hirayama

Amy Hirayama

Events and Residency Coordinator
Amy is a writer, educator and sumo wrestling fan. She loves forest bathing and cooking elaborate Japanese celebratory feasts.
She/her.

Photo of Stephanie Morris

Stephanie Morris

Class and Content Coordinator
Stephanie reads stuff out loud, fangirls professionally, and occasionally writes stories. She attended Clarion West in 2017.
She/her.

Erik Owomoyela

Erik Owomoyela

Back-End Developer
Erik built his first website for a Star Trek role-playing group, and then went to journalism school. He attended Clarion West in 2010.
He/him.

Photo of Rashida Scholz

Rashida J. Smith

Program Director
Writer, mom, and occasional cellist, Rashida attended Clarion West in 2005. She loves oatmeal raisin cookies, “kissing books” and superhero movies.
She/her.

Jae Steinbacher

Jae Steinbacher

Workshop Manager
Jae Steinbacher is a writer, editor, and dual class factotum/sorcerer. Jae loves cats, travel, and enamel pins and is a CW’14 graduate.
They/them.

Suzanne Tompkins

Special Projects Coordinator
An independent ass’n. manager/meeting planner, Suzanne has been CW’s Office Manager and/or Bookkeeper since 2005. She’s worked on Facilities at many recent Worldcons.
She/her.