Clarion West Alumni News, February 2017

For the February Alumni News, we have stories, books, poems, and a cover reveal that’s knocked our socks off!

Applications are rolling in for the 2017 Summer Workshop, and our volunteers and staff are busy preparing. Applications close on March 1, so if you’re planning to apply, now is the time.

We also have several One-Day Workshops still open for registration.  Head over to the One-Day page for more details and to register.

As always, we want to hear from our alumni! Email your news (personal and publishing) to by the first of every month for that month’s Alumni News.



Cover art for The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang Cover art for The Red Threads of Fortune by J. Y. YangThe covers for the linked novellas “The Red Threads of Fortune” and “The Black Tides of Heaven” by J.Y. Yang (CW ’13) have been revealed, and they’re absolutely beautiful! The novellas are due out in September from

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) has a new story, “Lake Heart,” in the December 2016 edition of Deep Magic (her classmates may remember a much earlier incarnation of this tale–the dragon kite lives on!).  Adele is in the process of crafting a novel featuring the characters and world of this story.  For Hampton Public Library’s 2016 National Novel Writing Month events, Adele led two workshops: “Submitting Your Manuscript” and “Where Do You Get Your Ideas?”

She’s had six poems published recently, four of them new speculative poems and one mainstream: “Cold Sleep,” in Pedestal Magazine; “Well, Water, Stars,” in Silver Blade; “Spell for a Friend,” in Eternal Haunted Summer; “October Moon Glares” and “Morning,” in Lupine Lunes: Horror Poems & Short Stories; and “Not Today,” in Blood and Thunder.

Adele is also thrilled to report three new publications for her father, Delbert R. Gardner, for whom she serves as literary executor: “New Wings for the Muse,” in Peacock Journal; “The Manly Art,” in From Sac; and “‘She’s Got Good Steel in Her’: Tribute to a Teacher: Taylor E. Miller,” in Veterans’ Voices, Vol. 64.

Cover art for The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox Cover art for PLANET OF THE APES: TALES FROM THE FORBIDDEN ZONE  by Greg CoxGreg Cox (CW ’84) has a number of new works coming out in 2017:  a short story, “Endangered Species,” in Planet of The Apes: Tales From The Forbidden Zone; The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase, a new novel based on the TV series; and the official movie novelization of War For The Planet Of The Apes.

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) has sold Simplified Chinese rights for Waypoint Kangaroo and Kangaroo Too to CITIC, one of China’s biggest publishers. They will translate and publish Waypoint Kangaroo by the end of 2018. For more details, read his latest author newsletter. He also wrote a recommended reading list for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day blog, and in March he will be on a an Emerald City Comicon live-podcast panel, “Inconceivable!: A Game of Nerdery and Nonsense.”

Jude-Marie Green‘s (CW ’10) short science fiction story, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” (yes, taken from the line in Tolkien) will be published in Perihelion on February 12, 2017.

Requiem for the Unchained,” by Cae Hawksmoor (CW ’16), appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies in January.

K. C. Ball‘s (CW ’10) story, ” Cretaceous on Ice,” appeared in Perihelion in January.

People of the Wild,” by Genevieve Williams (CW ’02), was published in Persistent Visions in January.

Malcolm Devlin‘s (CW ’13) first collection, You Will Grow Into Them, is now available for preorder from Unsung Stories.

Goes Both Ways,” by Shannon Fay (CW ’14), was published in Daily Science Fiction in January.

Clarion West Alumni News, January 2017

Welcome to the first Alumni News of 2017! Books, stories, and more abound this month.

Applications for the 2017 Summer Workshop are open. The application fee increases to $60 after February 10, so if you’re thinking about applying, now’s a great time. Most of our students hear about the workshop from friends, colleagues, and teachers, so if you know a writer who might want to apply, let them know.

Clarion West also has a great lineup of winter and spring One-Day Workshops on topics ranging from writing synopses and query letters to writing fantastic magic and technology.  Visit the One-Day Workshops page to learn more.

As always, we want to hear from our alumni! If you have news you’d like to share, drop us a line at


Clarion West Events

Join Clarion West for a reading from acclaimed author Geoff Ryman at 6 pm on January 14, at the University Book Store in Seattle. Ryman is an acclaimed teacher and a great reader who recently reported on the state of African speculative fiction for, so if you have questions about what’s new and awesome in African SFF, this is your chance to ask them. For more information, see the University Book Store event calendar.




Rich Larson (CW ’14) has had two recent publications: “We Are Destroyers” in Compelling Science Fiction, and “The Cyborg, the Tinman, the Merchant of Death” in Lightspeed.

Caroline M. Yoachim‘s (CW ’06) story, “A Letter to My Best Friend on the Most Important Day of Her Life, Undelivered, No Known Forwarding Address,” appeared in Daily Science Fiction in December.

Cover art for Neither Here nor There by Cat RamboCat Rambo‘s book, Neither Here Nor There, is now out and available for purchase. Rambo’s (CW ’05) collection is double-sided, with urban fantasy on one side (including a completely new story, “The Wizard of West Seattle”) and secondary world fantasy on the other.  The book received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, and you can purchase it at your local independent bookseller.

Kelly Sandoval‘s (CW ’13) story, “A Menagerie of Grief,” appeared in Flash Fiction Online in December.

Justin Key (CW ’15) has sold his story, “Afiya’s Song,” to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. The publication date for this story is forthcoming.

Lawrence Schimel‘s (CW ’91) translation of Susana Vallejo’s story, “Summer in Amber,” appeared in Persistent Visions in December.

Mimi Mondal‘s (CW ’15) essay, “Characters Are Not A Coloring Book Or, Why the Black Hermione is a Poor Apology for the Ingrained Racism of Harry Potter,” appeared on the The Book Smugglers in December.

cover art for Hel's Bet by Doug SharpDoug Sharp (CW ’02) has a new book out: Hel’s Bet, available on Amazon.

“Children of Cronus,” by Kristin Janz (CW ’08), was published in Silent Screams, a new anthology of socially conscious dark fiction edited by Josh Strnad.

Kathleen Alcalá (CW ’87) has a story in Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy, available from Winds Press.

R. R. (Bob) Angell’s (CW ’04) story, “Moth to Flame,” appeared in the Queer Sci Fi anthology Flight, published by Mischief Corner Books.

Jessica Reisman‘s (CW ’95) SF mining colony novelette, “Bourbon, Sugar, Grace,” will appear on on June 7, 2017. This story was acquired by Ellen Datlow.

Neile Graham (CW ’96) has two new poems out: “Persephone Crosses the Styx” in Eternal Haunted Summer, and “Behold and Beholden” in Liminality.

Cadwell Turnbull (CW ’16) has had a story, “Loneliness Is in Your Blood,” published in Nightmare.


New Ventures

S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16) is now the editor of Arsenika, a quarterly journal of speculative poetry and flash fiction. The first issue, which features work by Betsy Aoki (CW ’16), Lora Gray (CW ’16), and JY Yang (CW ’13) among others, is now online.

Lauren Dixon (CW ’10) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Throwaways: A young adult novel,” a novel and researched essay, on December 20, 2016. She will graduate with a PhD in Humanities – Studies in Literature from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Caren Gussoff Sumption (CW ’08) has signed a contract with Revolution Books UK to write one of four interconnected novellas set in Bram Stoker’s Dracula universe.


Looking for news from past months? You can find it at the Alumni News Archive.