It’s October, and here at Clarion West all we want to know is where did the year go? It seems impossible that it is already autumn (though here in Seattle the trees are only now beginning to turn) and that we’re already preparing for Summer Workshop applications to open.

We have two One-Day Workshops in November: From Words to Worlds with instructor J. M. Sidorova on November 12, and Working with Other Works with instructor Kij Johnson on November 19. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with these fantastic women!

We’ve also just announced five new winter and spring workshops for 2018. Visit the One-Days Workshop page today to learn more and register.


Work for Clarion West

Clarion West has an opening for a Communications Specialist, who is in charge of writing the Alumni News as well as a number of other projects during the year. For details, see the Work for Clarion West page.



Ibi Zoboi (CW ’01) is on the National Book Awards longlist for Young People’s Literature with her book American Street.

Steve Miller (CW ’73) and Sharon Lee won the Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Readers’ Choice Award for their story, “Wise Child.”

Kameron Hurley (CW ’00) won the 2017 British Fantasy Award in Best Non-Fiction for The Geek Feminist RevolutionNisi Shawl (CW ’92) won the Best Anthology for Lightspeed’s People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction issue, which she co-edited.


Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead (OR Books, 2017), edited by Gordon Van Gelder (CW ’87), features stories by several Clarion West alumni: Leslie Howle (CW ’85), Heather Lindsley (CW ’05), David Marusek (CW ’92), Mary Anne Mohanraj (CW ’97), Ruth Nestvold (CW ’98), J. M. Sidorova (CW ’09), Leo Vladimirsky (CW ’15), and N. Lee Wood (CW ’85). Also in this volume are stories by former Clarion West board chair Karen Anderson, current board member Elizabeth Bourne, and former board member and Clarion West instructor Eileen Gunn.

Ann Leckie‘s (CW ’05) novel Provenance was published by Orbit in September. The book was reviewed by the New York TimesWired, and NPR, and an interview with Ann was published in Space.

For,” by Sandra Odell (CW ’10) was published in September by Cast of Wonders to kick off Banned Books Week. This story is a sequel to “The Dictionary’s Apprentice,” which appeared in Cast of Wonders in 2013.

Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti‘s (CW ’15) two-volume short story, “It Takes A Village Some Say” was published in The Baffler. Laurie Penny (CW ’15) has a piece called “The Globalized Jitters” in the same issue.

Ian Muneshwar (CW ’14) has a new story out in the September 2017 edition of Gamut.

These Bones Aside,” by Lora Gray (CW ’16) was published in The Dark.

Cover art for The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. YangJY Yang‘s (CW ’13) novellas “The Red Threads of Fortune” and “The Black Tides of Heaven” were published by in September. The New York Times calls the books “joyously wild stuff,” and “highly recommended.”

Caroline Yoachim (CW ’06) had three stories published in anthologies in September: “Faceless Soldiers, Patchwork Ship” in Infinity Wars (Solaris, 2017), “Dreams as Fragile as Glass” in The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (Laksa Media Group, 2017), and “Dancing in the Midnight Ocean” in Oceans: The Anthology (Holt Smith, 2017).

“Bottleneck,” by A. M. Dellamonica (CW ’95) was also published in The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (Laksa Media Group, 2017).

Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04), Helena Bell (CW ’13), E. Lily Yu (CW ’13), Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), and Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) all have stories in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (Mariner Books, 2017), edited by Charles Yu and John Joseph Adams.

Cadwell Turnbull‘s (CW ’16) novelette, “Other Worlds and This One,” appeared in the July/August issue of Asimov’s. In that same issue is Rich Larson‘s (CW ’14) story, “An Evening with Severyn Grimes.”

Antarctic Birds” by A. Brym (CW ’10) was published in Clarkesworld in September. Also in that issue is “Möbius Continuum,” by Gu Shi, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16).

Neile Graham (CW ’96) has a new poem published at Liminality, “The Alchemy of Arsenic.” The poem was inspired by the Clarion West class of 2016.

Nisi Shawl‘s (CW ’92) story, “She Tore,” was published in the anthology Hell Hath No Fury (Ragnarok Books, 2017). Her story, “Sunshine of Your Love,” was published in The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (Laksa Media Group, 2017).

Astronauts Can’t Touch You,” by Carlie St. George (CW ’12) was published in Daily Science Fiction in September.

Clarion West Alumni News, September 2017

Welcome to the September edition of the Clarion West Alumni News!

If you’re looking for writing inspiration this fall, we have several One-Day workshops in September, October, and November. Head to the One-Day Workshop page to learn more and register.


Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99) won the inaugural LA (Leslie) Banks Award at the Blerd City conference in Brooklyn, New York for her outstanding work and her tireless efforts in the field of speculative fiction. Clairesa Clay, the founder of Blerd City, says of Sheree, “Sheree embodies the highest standard of a writer, editor, and teacher in Fiction, and particularly Black Speculative. She is our Noble Laureate.”

Nana Nkweti‘s (CW ’15) prose-poem, “Schoolyard Cannibal,” is on the short list for Brittle Paper’s inaugural anniversary awards, honoring works that represent their vision of the dynamism of literature.

Julie Steinbacher (CW ’14) was chosen to receive a 2017 – 2018 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award in Literature.

Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07) was one of the winners of this year’s Jaffe Award, which is dedicated to honoring and supporting women writers in the early stages of their careers.



Several Clarion West alumni had stories published in Daily Science Fiction in August: “‘A Seed in the Ground” by Shannon Fay (CW ’14); “What Could Be,” by S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16); and “Hearts, Sticky with Mulch and Jam,” by Tina Connolly (CW ’06).

Tina Connolly (CW ’06) also has a story coming out in F&SF in September: “The Two-Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County.”

Cover art for Luminescent ThreadsThe author list for the collection Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E Butler (Twelfth Planet Press), has been announced, and has a number of Clarion West alumni in it: K Tempest Bradford (CW ’03), Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01), Christopher Caldwell (CW ’07), Indra Das (CW ’12), Stephen Gold (CW ’05), Alex Jennings (CW ’03), Cat Rambo (CW ’05), Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), Jeremy Sim (CW ’11), Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05),  and Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99). The collection was edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (CW ’15), and is up for pre-order now through the Twelfth Planet Press site.

Gordon Van Gelder‘s (CW ’87) anthology, Go Forth And Multiply: Twelve Tales Of Repopulation (Ramble House/Surinam Turtle Press), was published in July. The book can be ordered from Amazon or from your local independent bookseller.

The cover has been revealed for Bryan Camp‘s (CW ’12) debut novel, The City of Lost Fortunes (John Joseph Adams Books, 2018).

Steven Bryan Bieler’s (CW ’86) story, “Sweet Oblivion,” was published in Across the Margin in July.

Sandra Odell‘s (CW ’10) story, “The Whisper of Clockwork Wings” is now up at The Overcast podcast. This story was first published in her Christmas collection, The Twelve Ways Of Christmas (Hydra House).

Julie Steinbacher’s (CW ’14) story, “Collectors,” was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Beecher’s Magazine.

Skinny Charlie’s Orbiting Teepee,” by Pamela Rentz (CW ’08), was published in Apex in August.

Cover art for The Lamb Will Slaughter the LionMargaret Killjoy‘s (CW ’15) book, The Lamb Will Slaughter The Lion, was published by in August. Read an excerpt of the novella and a review by Alex Brown at, and find links to buy the book at Macmillan.

Listen and You’ll Hear Us Speak,” by A. T. Greenblatt  (CW ’17) was published in Flash Fiction Online.

Arkteia,” a story by Genevieve Williams, (CW ’02), was published in See the Elephant in August.

Susan Palwick‘s (CW ’85) story, “The Shining Hills,” was published in Lightspeed in August.

The contents for the 2017 Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by John Joseph Adams, has just been announced and includes stories by several CW grads:

  • Helena Bell (CW ’13)
  • Lily Yu (CW ’13)
  • Nisi Shawl (CW ’92)
  • Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04)
  • Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06)

The newest Liaden Universe novel from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (CW ’73), Neogenesis, has been announced and is available for pre-order through Amazon and other booksellers.

Until the Day We Go Home,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06), was published in Fireside Fiction in August.

Ian Muneshwar‘s (CW ’14) story, “Skins Smooth as Plantain, Hearts Soft as Mango,” was published in The Dark in August.

Octavia Cade‘s (CW ’16) story, “The Stone Weta,” was published in Clarkesworld in August.

Two Clarion West alumni have stories in the latest issue of Anathema Magazine: “Beneath the Briar Patch,” by Craig L. Gidney (CW ’96) and “Never Yawn Under a Banyan Tree,” by Nibedita Sen (CW ’15).

Maura McHugh‘s (CW ’06) story, “The Light at the Centre,” has been selected by editor Stephen Jones for Best New Horror #28. It was first published in Uncertainties, Vol. 1.

Clarion West Alumni News, August 2017

It was a fantastic Summer Workshop season and Write-a-thon, and our workshop staff and volunteers are taking a well-deserved breather. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s workshop, events, and Write-a-thon a success! The workshop is the effort of many dedicated hands, and we couldn’t do it without the support of the Clarion West community.

Clarion West is pleased to announce the instructors for the 2018 Summer Workshop:

Week 1 – Daniel Abraham
Week 2 – Ken MacLeod
Week 3 – Yoon Ha Lee
Week 4 – Karen Lord
Week 5 – Karen Joy Fowler
Week 6 – Ellen Datlow

Applications open in December 2017. If you know a writer who might benefit from the workshop experience, encourage them to apply!

Upcoming fall One-Day Workshop instructors are Arinn Dembo, Nicola Griffith, J. M. Sidorova, and Kij Johnson. Go to the One-Day Workshop page to find out more and to register!

Alumni, we want to hear from you! Send your news to You should hear back from us within 48 hours. If you don’t hear back, resend your message—we have an spam filter that’s occasionally overzealous.



Two alumni are finalists for this year’s this year’s Endeavour AwardCurtis C. Chen (CW ‘14) for his novel Waypoint Kangaroo, and David D. Levine (CW ’00) for his novel Arabella of Mars.

Neile Graham (CW ‘96) is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director for Clarion West. Tina Connolly (CW ‘06) is a finalist in Best Collection for On the Eyeball Floor, and Kij Johnson is a finalist in Best Long Fiction for her novella “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe.”

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) won third place with her poem “Song of a Changeling” in the Balticon Poetry Contest of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society in May 2017. Her poem, “Well, Water, Stars,” was nominated for the Rhysling Award and reprinted in The 2017 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Poetry of 2016.



Curtis C. Chen’s (CW ‘14) second novel, Kangaroo Too, was published in July by Thomas Dunne Books.

Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti (CW ’15), has a story in New Orleans Review 2017: The African Literary Hustle.

Justin C. Key (CW ’15) was interviewed in F&SF about his story, “Afiya’s Song.”

Ghost Of The Shoals,” by Sandra M. Odell (CW ’10), appeared in Podcastle in July.

J. Y. Yang (CW ’13) has a new story out at, “Waiting on a Bright Moon.”

A new Liaden Universe story by Steve Miller (CW ‘73) and Sharon Lee, “Due Diligence,” is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Evan J. Peterson (CW ‘15) and Helen Marshall (CW ‘12) both have stories in Unspeakable Horror 2, which will be published at the end of October.

Jude-Marie Green’s (CW ‘10) story, “Far, Far from Land,” was reprinted in the newest issue of Luna Station Quarterly.

Genevieve Williams (CW ‘02) has a new story titled “Arkteia” out in issue 3 of See the Elephant Magazine.

Richard William Larson (CW ‘14) has had a busy month with publications: his story, “Spiked,” was published in Abyss and Apex; “Dispo and the Crow” was published in Mythic Delirium; “An Evening with Severyn Grimes” was published in Asimov’s; “Travelers” was published in Clarkesworld; “L’appel du vide” was published in Apex; and “Pherobomb” was published in Daily Science Fiction. His story “Ghost Girl” appeared in StarShipSofa, narrated by Elie Hirschman.

Vicki Saunders (CW ’09) has a story out in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores: “Tree with Chalicotheres.”

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) has had several recent poetry publications: “Pre-Raphaelite Girls,” written with her father, Delbert R. Gardner, and published in Buckshot Magazine; “Haunt Me,” published in Mythic Delirium 3.4; and “Silicone Valley (after “Eldorado” by Edgar Allan Poe),” in NonBinary Review #12. She was the Featured Poet in Disturbed Digest: Dark Fantasy and Horror #17, and had four poems reprinted in that issue: “I Sing Ophelia,” “A Keepsake Box for Poe,” “Godolin’s Remains,” and “Die Alone, the Demon Said.” She had three non-speculative poems reprinted in DoveTales: Refugees and the Displaced: “The Cities: approximately 7 x 7 years later,” “The Gift,” and “I Have Seen Too Much.” Her flash story, “Escape Pod,” was reprinted in Outposts of Beyond in January.

Three of her photographs (“Tea with My Tree”, “Meet the Sun Halfway”, and “Roman Legionary”) were shown at the 1st Annual Open Juried Exhibit at Gloucester Arts on Main in Gloucester, VA. Finally, Adele is thrilled to report two new publications for her father and collaborator, Delbert R. Gardner, for whom she serves as literary executor: his fantasy-mystery story, “Who’s Da Vinci?,” appeared as the cover story in Mystery Weekly Magazine, and his non-speculative poem, “What Leaf-Fringed Legend?,” appeared in El Portal.

Caroline M. Yoachim‘s (CW ’06) story, “Building a Bridge Too Vast to Cross,” was published in Daily Science Fiction in July.


New Ventures

Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (CW ’14) has launched a new Patreon. Check out her page to support her.

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) started his two-year term as Secretary of SFWA on July 1.

Clarion West Alumni News, July 2017

Welcome to the June 2017 edition of the Clarion West Alumni News! It’s Summer Workshop season, our favorite time of year here. The Class of 2017 is working hard, challenging themselves and each other, learning and living storytelling for six all-too-short weeks.

The Clarion West Write-a-thon is underway, and if you haven’t sponsored a writer yet, now’s a great time to browse writer profiles and pick one or several to sponsor. It’s a way to be a part of the workshop, wherever you are in the world.

Clarion West has three Fall One-Day Workshops open for registration with teachers Arinn Dembo, Nicola Griffith, and J.M. Sidorova. See the One-Day Workshops page for details and to register.


Kameron Hurley (CW ‘00) won the Locus Award for Best Non-Fiction for The Geek Feminist Revolution.

Indrapramit Das’s (CW ‘12) novel, The Devourers, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT SF/F/Horror at the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards.

Andrea Hairston​’s (CW ’99) novel, Will Do Magic for Small Change, is shortlisted for the Mythopoeic Awards.

Two Clarion West alumni are finalists for the 2017 John W. Campbell Memorial Award: Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92) for Everfair and Kij Johnson (CW ‘87) for “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe.”

Octavia Cade (CW ’16) won in two categories of the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Awards, which recognizes achievement in the field by New Zealanders.  “The Convergence of Fairy Tales” won in the Best Novella / Novelette category, and her Food and Horror column series in Book Smugglers won in the Best Fan Writing category.

The Spanish translation of Quicksand House, by Carlton Mellick III (CW ’08), is a finalist in the Best Foreign Novel category for the Ignotus award from the Spanish Association of Science-Fiction & Fantasy.


Cover art for FEEDERFeeder, a new YA novel by Patrick Weekes (CW ‘00), is available for pre-order now and will be published by Margaret K. McElderry Books in March 2018.

Lora Gray’s (CW ‘16) story, “Water like Air,” was published in the June issue of Flash Fiction Online.

Adanze Asante’s (CW ‘14) story, “A Private Room,” was published in Wraparound South.

“Epilogue,” a short story by Guy Immega (CW ’06), was published in the anthology Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty). The anthology is available now as a Kindle ebook and will be available in print September 11 in Canada and October 9 in the United States.

E. Lily Yu‘s (CW ’13) story, “The White-Throated Transmigrant,” was published at

Also at in June is Jessica Reisman’s (CW ’95) story, “Bourbon, Sugar, Grace.”

The June issue of Uncanny Magazine features work by three Clarion West alumni: “What to expect from the Hadron Collider as a college roommate,” by Betsy Aoki (CW ’16); “Missive from a Woman in a Room in a City in a Country in a World Not Her Own,“ by Mimi Mondal (CW ’15); and “Read Before Use,” by Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14).

E. M. Tippets’s (CW ‘01) new novel, Whatever After, is now available wherever fine ebooks are sold.

Robert Guffey‘s (CW ’96) debut novel, Until the Last Dog Dies, will be published in November by Night Shade/Skyhorse, and is now available for preorder.

Upon This Rock, by David Marusek (CW ’92), is now available in paperback from Amazon and as an ebook from many online retailers.

The Ivory Hummingbird,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06), was published in June in Daily Science Fiction.

Octavia Cade‘s (CW ’16) story, “The War on Space and Time,” was published in July in GigaNotoSaurus.

“Afiya’s Song,” by Justin Key (CW ’15), was published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in their July 2017 issue.


New Ventures

Brooks Peck (CW ’90) is launching a new comic called, “The Unadoptables,” with a Kickstarter. You can read the first six pages of the comic at their Kickstarter page.

Mimi Mondal (CW ’15) is now an editor at Uncanny magazine.

Clarion West Alumni News, June 2017

Welcome to the June edition of the Clarion West Alumni News! The Summer Workshop is about to begin, and Clarion West’s staff and volunteers are all working hard to prepare for the workshop and students. If you would like to help keep the Class of 2017 fueled and caffeinated, visit our Amazon wish list. Everything purchased from the list goes to stock the house.

You can also be a part of the workshop this summer by joining or supporting the Clarion West Write-a-thon! The Write-a-thon is a great chance to get some extra writing motivation this summer while supporting Clarion West. Visit the Write-a-thon page for more information and to register.



Andrea Hairston‘s (CW ’99) novel Will Do Magic for Small Change is a finalist for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards for LGBTQ speculative fiction.

David Levine‘s (CW ’00) first novel, Arabella of Mars, won the 2016 Andre Norton Award. It has been shortlisted for the Compton Crook Award and the Oregon Book Award, and it appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading List. It will be reissued in mass market paperback on May 30, and the sequel, Arabella and the Battle of Venus, will be released in hardcover on July 18. His story, “Wavefronts of History and Memory,” is a nominee for 100 Year Starship’s Canopus Award.

Carolyn Ives Gilman (CW ’89) and Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07) are both finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

The 2017 Locus Award finalist list is out, and includes several Clarion West alumni:

  • In Science Fiction Novel: Daniel Abraham (as half of James S. A. Corey) (CW ’98), for Babylon’s Ashes
  • In First Novel: Curtis Chen (CW ’14), for Waypoint Kangaroo
  • In First Novel: David D. Levine (CW ’00), for Arabella of Mars
  • In First Novel: Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), for Everfair
  • In Novella: Kij Johnson (CW ’87), for “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe”
  • In Non-Fiction: Kameron Hurley (CW ’00), for The Geek Feminist Revolution

The Shirley Jackson Awards finalist list has two alumni on it: Kij Johnson (CW ’87) for her novella, “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe,” and Indrapramit Das (CW ’12) for his novelette, “Breaking Water.”

Shannon Fay (CW ’14) has been nominated for an Eisner Award (in the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category) for orange: The Complete Collection, vols. 1–2 (by Ichigo Takano, translated by Amber Tamosaitis, adaptation by Shannon Fay, published by Seven Seas).

The longlist of nominations for the 2017 Sunburst Award for Excellence In Canadian Literature of the Fantastic has been published, and includes several alumni:

  • Rich Larson (CW ’14), for “All That Robot Shit”
  • Helen Marshall (CW ’12), for “Caro in Carno”
  • Michael Matheson (CW ’14), for “Until There is Only Hunger”

Rich Larson (CW ’14) won the Asimov’s Reader Award for his story “All That Robot Shit,” and the 2017 Roswell Award for his story “Fifteen Minutes Hate.”



Caroline M. Yoachim‘s (CW ’06) story, “Carnival Nine,” was published in May in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

A Heart, An Egg, A Lock of Hair” by Kelly M. Sandoval (CW ’13) appeared in Daily Science Fiction in May.

Tod McCoy‘s (CW ’10) poem “Sparking the Matter” appeared in the May/June edition of Asimov’s.

Steve Miller (CW ’73) and Sharon Lee’s latest book, The Gathering Edge, was published in May by Baen. This is the twentieth book in their acclaimed Liaden Universe series.

Amy Sisson‘s (CW ’00) novelette, “Places We Call Home,” appeared in the May 2017 issue of Perihelion, in both online text and podcast format. She began writing this story at Clarion West in 2000, but the only thing that remains from that very rough draft is the opening paragraph and the main character’s name. She also has two stories forthcoming: “Ménagerie in Motion” in Syntax & Salt, and “Jackpot Time” in Devilfish Review.

Mimi Mondal (CW ’15) is a co-editor on Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler. This book of essays, letters, and articles exploring and celebrating Butler’s influence on speculative fiction includes work by Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01), Christopher Caldwell (CW ’07), Cat Rambo (CW ’05), Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), Jeremy Sim (CW ’11), and Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05).

The first chapter of Alex Kane‘s (CW ’13) new book, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2018, Boss Fight Books) is now up at Glixel.

Maura McHugh (CW ’06) has a midnight movie monograph, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, now available to pre-order from Electric Dreamhouse Press. She also has a story, “Colours,” in the comic book anthology Outside. Her story was illustrated by John Riordan, and the anthology was edited by Amir Naaman and Doron Hamburger.

cover art for The SwitchJustina Robson (CW ’96) has a new book out: The Switch.

Eugene Myers‘ (CW ’05) new book, 1985: STORI3S FROM SØS, was published in May and is available exclusively at Barnes and Noble. This book collects three original stories—”SOS,” “DoubleThink,” and “1985.”

Ravana’s Children,” by Ian Muneshwar (CW ’14), was published in PodCastle in May.



Steve Miller (CW ’73) and Sharon Lee will be the Writing Guests of Honor at ConFluence in Pittsburgh, August 4-6, 2017. Steve will be giving a talk about writing workshops and why or why not an individual writer might want to attend.


Instructor news

cover art for Other Arms Reach Out to MeMichael Bishop, who has taught for Clarion West twice, has some new publications out. His story collection Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories, with an introduction by award-winning academic Hugh Ruppersburg, will appear in June from Fairwood Press/Kudzu Planet Productions. His novelette, “Gale Strange,” will appear in the July/August issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, and his novel Transfigurations will appear in November 2017 from Fairwood Press/Kudzu Planet Productions, featuring an introduction by Joe Sanders.




Ama Patterson (CW ’99), a SF writer and attorney, died on May 1, 2017. She was 56. Her obituary in Newsday includes quotes from her classmates Andrea Hairston (CW ’99) and Sheree Renee Thomas (CW ’99).

Her classmate Joe Sanders (CW ’99) remembers her:

Here is the first thing that you need to know about Ama Patterson in the summer of 1999: she was much, much more talented than the rest of us. The technology she imagined was more original, believable, and frightening. The fear she embedded in the conflicts that her characters faced was both recognizable and unconventional, so we recognized as valid their fear and had no defenses in place against it, as we had never seen anything quite like it ourselves.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can say that I only had to make my way a few lines into any new story that Ama turned in before I knew that what I was reading was better than anything I was going to write.

Here is the second thing that you need to know about Ama Patterson in the summer of 1999: she was such a wonderful, accepting, joyful person that you couldn’t bring yourself to resent her for being so much more talented than you were. She read others’ work with abandon, with the utter conviction that she was going to enjoy it. Had she been a competitive person, I could have resented her, but she believed in me, in all of us, with no reason to do so.

She was as talented as she was generous. Is there higher praise?

Trent Walters (CW ’99) had this to say:

Ama was among the sweetest of us. Her laugh was memorable the trill, the cascade, the shaking shoulders. She and I shared a love of Casandra Wilson and wasted an afternoon listening to her smoky, bluesy voice. Ama’s literary voice had its own charm that should have brought her at least minor acclaim, but her chosen genre favors the prolific, and she was anything but. Hopefully, a chapbook of her prose becomes available someday, so that others can be wowed and sense the awe that exploded in our brains when we first read her amazing sentences. We thought she’d take the genre by storm. But maybe she was too quiet, deferring her talents to others. Oh, Ama, we miss you.

Clarion West Alumni News, May 2017

Welcome to the Clarion West May Alumni News! Here at Clarion West, we’re getting ready for the Summer Workshop, putting all the details in place and anticipating meeting the students when they arrive next month. If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, please join us for the Summer Reading Series, where you can meet our distinguished instructors and hear them read from new work.

The Clarion West Write-a-thon is coming, and whether you’re a graduate, a supporter, or a friend of the workshop, we’re inviting you to write alongside the students this summer. The Write-a-thon is our global community event and our major fundraiser, and we love seeing everyone’s profiles and progress!

We also have some exciting announcements about the Write-a-thon coming soon, including some fantastic Tuckerizations from Ian McDonald. Stay tuned for more information.



Many congratulations to our alumni who are finalists for the Hugo and Campbell awards!

  • Best novella: Kij Johnson(CW ’87) for “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe”
  • Best novelette: Carolyn Ives Gilman (CW ’89) for “Touring with the Alien”
  • Best related work: Kameron Hurley (CW ’00) for The Geek Feminist Revolution
  • Best semi-prozine: GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida Smith (CW ’05)
  • Best series: James S.A. Corey, half of whom is Daniel Abraham (CW ’98) for The Expanse. The Syfy show based on The Expanse is also a finalist for Best Dramatic Presentation for the episode “Leviathan Wakes.”

Sheree Renée Thomas‘s (CW ’99) novel, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, was named on the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award “Worthy” Long List.

Octavia Cade (CW ’16) is a finalist for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Awards (New Zealand’s fandom award) in two categories: for her novella, “The Convergence of Fairy Tales,” and in fan writing for her columns on food and horror in The Book Smugglers.

Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07) was awarded a Steinbeck Fellowship from San José State University in April.



Sheree Renée Thomas‘s (CW ’99) novelette, “Aunt Dissy’s Policy Dream Book,” was published in Apex in April. She was also interviewed by Andrea Johnson for the same issue, which was guest edited by Maurice Broaddus. In that issue you can also find a podcast that Sheree recorded, as well as a story by Walter Mosley.

Her short story, “The Dragon Can’t Dance,” was translated by Alejandra Guarinos Viñals into Spanish and published by 2709 Books in Afrofuturo(s), featuring a foreword by Carlos Bajo Erro.

Louise Marley (CW ’93) has a story, “Relics: a fable,” in the anthology Alternative Truths (B Cubed Press). The anthology is edited by Bob Brown and Irene Radford, and features tales of possible futures in post-election America.

Anathema: Spec from the Margins is a new triannual online magazine that launched in April.  Michael Matheson (CW ’14) is the editor in chief, and Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14) is the non-fiction editor.  Their first issue features a new story by S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16), “A Complex Filament of Light.”

S. Qiouyi Lu‘s (CW ’16) story, “An Abundance of Fish,” appeared in Uncanny Magazine in April.

Psynode cover artMarlee Jane Ward‘s (CW ’14) second book, Psynode, was published in April by Seizure.

Uncanny Magazine’s May issue includes several Clarion West alumni: “Read Before Use” by Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14), “Missive from a Woman in a Room in a City in a Country in a World Not Her Own,” by Mimi Mondal (CW ‘15), and “What to expect from the Hadron Collider as a college roommate” by Betsy Aoki (CW ‘16).

Curtis Chen‘s (CW ’14) second novel, Kangaroo Too, was given a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

Michael Sebastian‘s (CW ’15) article “The Weird in Music” was published in Gamut in April. Issue 4 of Gamut also includes work by S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16).

An English translation of Lawrence Schimel‘s (CW ’91) picture book Will You Read My Book With Me?, illustrated by Thiago Lopes, was published this month by Epigram Books in Singapore. He has also recently translated The Wild Book by Mexican author Juan Villoro. The novel will be published by Restless Books as the lead title of their new YA imprint, Yonder.

Lawrence Schimel, HM The Queen of Spain, Llanos CamposHe also recently attended the Premios SM awards in Spain in April. The prizes are handed out every year by Her Majesty the Queen of Spain as part of her efforts to encourage and promote reading. Pictured (from left to right) are Lawrence, Queen Letizia of Spain, and Llanos Campos, author of The Treasure of Barracuda, which won the Barco de Vapor prize in 2014. Lawrence translated The Treasure of Barracuda into English for Little Pickle/Sourcebooks last year.

Issue 3 of Liminal Stories includes stories by two alumni: “Lares Familiares, 1981,” by Rebecca Campbell (CW ’15), and “The Falling Game,” by Ian Muneshwar (CW ’14)

Sandra Odell‘s (CW ’10) story, “In His Armor Clad,” was published in Pantheon Magazine.

The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase, by Greg Cox (CW ’84), a novel based on the television show The Librarians, was published in April by Tor Books.

And In That Sheltered Sea, A Colossus,” by Michael Matheson (CW ’14), was published in April in Shimmer.

Christopher Caldwell (CW ’07) has a story out in Fiyah: “The Beekeeper’s Garden.”

Caroline Yoachim‘s (CW ’06) flash story, “Shadow Station,” was published in Nature in April.

Susan Palwick (CW ’85) has a new story out in Lightspeed: “Remote Presence.”

Amy Wolf‘s (CW ’92) novel, A School for Dragons, was published in April by Red Empress Publishing.



Picture of a group of people after completing a puzzle roomCurtis Chen (CW ’14) met up with two of his Clarion West instructors in April.  He convinced Ian McDonald to join him and his wife for the Locurio puzzle room in Seattle. Their team solved the puzzle room and posed for a triumphant picture afterwards.  He also met up with Charlie Jane Anders, the other American author invited to the first Melon HK conference in Hong Kong. Curtis reports that they had a fascinating time at the cross-disciplinary, international event in one of the most futuristic cities in the world.

Left to right: Yang-Yang Wang (CW ’14), Casey Blair, Ted Chiang, Raffi, Curtis Chen, DeeAnn Sole, Ian McDonald, Meg Rebecca Sinoff (CW ’06).

Welcome to the April edition of the Clarion West Alumni News! This month, we have some stunning alumni publication announcements, as well as news of awards.

The Clarion West Class of 2017 has been announced! We’re in the throes of preparing for the Summer Workshop once more, getting all the details settled. Look for announcements in the coming weeks about the Summer Reading Series and the Summer Workshop wishlist.

We have two more spring One-Day Workshops: Level Up as a Writer, with instructor Randy Henderson, on May 21; and Landing the Gut Punch: Finding Emotional Resonance in Fantastic Fiction, with instructor Helen Marshall, on June 4. If you’re in or near Seattle, we’d love to see you for these six-hour intensive workshops!

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.



Indrapramit Das (CW ‘12) is a finalist for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards for LGBTQ speculative fiction for his book The Devourers.

David D. Levine (CW ’00) is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award for his novel, Arabella of Mars.

Two Clarion West alumni are on the Honor list for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award: Andrea Hairston (CW ‘99) for Will Do Magic for Small Change and Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92) for Everfair.



Indrapramit Das (CW ‘12) has a new story out in Lightspeed: “The Wordless.”

E. Lily Yu’s (CW ’13) story, “The Wretched and the Beautiful,” was published in February in Terraform.

Two Clarion West alumni were featured in March in the “Nevertheless, She Persisted” short fiction event for International Women’s Day on Nisi Shawl’s (CW ‘92) story “More than Nothing,” and Kameron Hurleys (CW ’00) story “Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!,” were published as part of an exciting series of flash stories on March 8.

Andrea Hairston (CW ’99) reviews Kiini Salaam’s (CW ’01) When the World Wounds in LA Review of Books.

cover art for Smells Like Finn Sprint by Randy HendersonRandy Henderson’s (CW ’09) third novel, Smells Like Finn Spirit, was published by Tor Books in March and is now available at bookstores everywhere.

Auspicium Melioris Aevi,” by J. Y. Yang (CW ‘13), was published in Uncanny Magazine in March.

Cae Hawksmoor’s (CW ‘16) story “Civitas Sylvatica” appeared in Reckoning, a journal of creative writing on environmental justice, in March.

Sandra M. Odell’s (CW ‘10) story “Meat” appeared in Pseudopod at the end of March. Her story “The Absolute Temperature of Outer Space” appeared in Cast of Wonders in the same month.

Stay,” by K. C. Ball (CW ‘10), appeared in Podcastle in March. The story was read by Tina Connolly (CW ‘06).

Clarion West Alumni News, March 2017

Welcome to the Clarion West March Alumni News! There’s a lot of excellent news this month in awards and publications.

There are still spaces available in these One-Day Workshops:

See the One-Day Workshops page for all the details.

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.



Nebula nominations have been announced! Several Clarion West alumni have been nominated this year: Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) for Everfair, Kij Johnson (CW ’87) for “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe,” and Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) for “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0.” Congratulations, all!

Malcolm Devlin (CW ’13) is shortlisted for the BSFA for “The End of Hope Street.”

This year’s Aurealis Awards short list features Ian McHugh (CW ’06) for “The Baby Eaters” and Jack Nicholls (CW ’11) in two categories for his story, “Dune Time.”

The Locus Recommended Reading list is out, and Clarion West has more than a few alumni on it:

  • Daniel Abraham (CW ’98) as both himself and as half of James S. A. Corey
  • Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01)
  • Curtis Chen (CW ’14)
  • Tina Connolly (CW ’06)
  • James Alan Gardner (CW ‘ 89)
  • Andrea Hairston (CW ’99)
  • Kameron Hurley (CW ’00)
  • Kij Johnson (CW ’87)
  • Richard William Larson (CW ’14)
  • David D. Levine (CW ’00)
  • S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16)
  • Sonia Lyris (CW ’92)
  • Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13)
  • Mary Anne Mohanraj (CW ’97)
  • An Owomoyela (CW ’08)
  • Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07)
  • Cat Rambo (CW ’05)
  • Gord Sellar (CW ’06)
  • Nisi Shawl (CW ’92)
  • Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04)
  • Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05)
  • JY Yang (CW ’13)
  • Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06)
  • E Lily Yu (CW ’13)



A Secret History of Witches, by Louisa Morgan (also known as CW 1993’s Louise Marley), will be published in September 2017 in a hardcover edition. Plans are underway for a book launch party at University Book Store in Seattle–stay tuned for details.

cover art for The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie BurgisThe Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, a middle grade fantasy novel by Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01), was published in the UK in February. The US edition will be published in May. The Guardian featured the book on their Children’s Book Roundup in late February.

Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, by Sheree Renée Thomas Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, by Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99), was published last year by Aqueduct. It features poetry and short stories, and received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review. Her story, “Who Needs the Stars if the Full Moon Loves You?” appeared in Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. The collection was published to celebrate what would have been Gwendolyn Brooks’s 100th year. Her short story, “Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight,” appears in Sycorax’s Daughters, a new collection of black women’s horror and scholarship.

Gabrielle Civil and Sheree Renee Thomas (CW '99) at OBSIDIAN book launch AWP 17She also edited with along with Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) a special double-volume of Obsidian: “Speculating Futures: Black Imagination & the Arts.” Featuring stories by Christopher Caldwell (CW ’07) and Alex Jennings (CW ’03), this double volume also includes poetry, a graphic novel excerpt, drama, scholarship, and visual art.

Nisi Shawl‘s (CW ’92) story, “Queen of Dirt,” appeared in Apex in February. She was also interviewed by G. G. Silverman about Everfair and other topics.

Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14) was interviewed about her work by editor Rivqa Rafael in The Future Fire.

cover art for American Street by Ibi ZoboiIbi Zoboi‘s (CW ’01) novel American Street was published in February. The book has gathered numerous fantastic reviews from places like The New York Times (who called the book “self-assured, elegant and utterly captivating”), The Book Smugglers, and BookPage.

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) has a new short story out, another fantasy tale involving cats! “The Good Son” appears in Deep Waters, Volume 2.

Cynthia Ward‘s (CW ’92) short alternate-history novel, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess, is now out from Aqueduct Press.

Anne Toole (CW ’11) was interviewed in Digital Production Buzz about writing for webisodes, video games, and television.

“Destroy All Monsters,” by Robert Guffey (CW ’96) was published in the tenth anniversary edition of the Mailer Review.

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.

Clarion West Alumni News, December 2016

December is here, and Summer Workshop application season is upon us!  If you’d like to apply, or know someone who does, you can find the details on the Summer Workshop page.

We’ve also just announced six new One-Day workshops for  winter and spring:

See the One-Day Workshops page for all the details.

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.



Kathleen Alcalá (CW ’87) was interviewed in High Country News about her new book, The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island. She talks about the origins of the book as well as farming and climate change on Bainbridge Island.

As Travelers in Sky Boats,” by Kristin Janz (CW ’08), appeared in Escape Pod in September.  The story is narrated by Ibba Armancas, and Kristen notes that the story’s first draft was written during a story-a-week challenge with some Clarion West classmates a few years ago.

Helena Bell‘s (CW ’13) story, “I’ve Come to Marry the Princess,” appeared in Lightspeed in November.

Curtis C. Chen‘s (CW ’14) story “Have Spacesuit, Will Travel” appears in the children’s collection Oregon Reads Aloud.

The November edition of Analog brings with it stories by two Clarion West alumni: Gord Sellar (CW ’06) and Nisi Shawl (CW ’92).

A Clean Start,” by James Gordon Harper (CW ’12) appeared in Amazing Stories in November.

Evan J. Peterson‘s (CW ’15) memoir, The PrEP Diaries, is now available for preorder from Lethe Press.

“‘Play you Must:’ Villette and the Nineteenth-Century Board Game,” Siobhan Carroll‘s (CW ’09) article on 19th century board games and Charlotte Bronte’s Villette, was published in the journal Nineteenth-Century Contexts.



Curtis Chen (CW ’14) recently did panels at a couple of local cons: the first-ever Nerd Camp and the 38th OryCon. He also appeared at Powell’s Authorfest. The Vancouver, WA Barnes & Noble’s SF/F book club is reading his novel Waypoint Kangaroo for their first meeting of 2017, and he’ll be there to field questions. Anyone in the Vancouver, WA area can stop by on January 10th to join the discussion.


Here at Clarion West, we’re busy preparing for Summer Workshop application season. If you know a writer that might want to apply for the workshop, let them know that applications open in early December, and the application fee is discounted for early applicants. See the Summer Workshop page for more details.

We have two more Fall One-Day Workshops still open for registration:

Register today—these are both going to be fantastic workshops.

Holiday shopping season is approaching! Head over to our Facebook page to learn about an easy way to support Clarion West through your online purchases via Amazon Smile. You can also purchase a gift certificate to a One-Day Workshop for that special writer in your life (or for yourself!). Contact for details.

As always, we want to hear from alumni!  Send your news, personal and professional, to



Alex Filipowicz (CW ’16) was a top-5 finalist in Omnidawn’s Fabulist Fiction Contest.

Anil Menon (CW ’04) is on the shortlist for the Hindu Prize for his novel Half of What I Say.


Publications has acquired two novellas by Margaret Killjoy (CW ’15). The first novella, “The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion,” will come out in ebook and trade paperback in 2017. Margaret also recently had a story appear at “Everything that Isn’t Winter.”

E. Lily Yu (CW ’13) has had several stories come out recently: “The Gardener and the King’s Menagerie” in Bracken; “Paul Flitch’s Slap-Bang Fight with Mister Delusio” in Daily Science Fiction in September; “The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight” in Uncanny; and the forthcoming “Darkout” in Cyber World, edited by Joshua Viola and Jason Heller. Cyber World also features stories by Cat Rambo (CW ‘05) and Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92).

Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01) has just had her novel Congress of Secrets published by Pyr.

Adele Gardner’s (CW ’04) novelette, “Zoey Loves Zombies,” appeared in the anthology Less Than Dead, and her story “The Witches’ Bridge” appeared in the anthology Virginia Is for Mysteries, Volume II. In addition, four of her speculative poems have appeared in 2016: “Boots’s Boy,” in Star*Line; “My Superwoman” in Devilfish Review; and “Starshine” and “Peelings” in Scifaikuest. One literary poem, “The Lake at Evening,” appeared in the print journal Blueline. Adele has also had some audio editions of her work appear recently: “Wolf Call,” a story other CW ’04 alumni might remember in its first-draft form as “The Wolf in Me,” is available as a podcast from Third Flatiron Publishing.

Two poems by Adele and her father, Delbert R. Gardner, for whom she serves as literary executor, appeared in StarShipSofa: “The Meek Shall Inherit . . . (The Earthworm Speaks)” by Delbert R. Gardner and “God’s Cat” by Adele Gardner. Adele has also had five photographs in art shows so far this year, one of which won honorable mention. In addition, Adele is in the process of redesigning her website,, which should be revamped online by the end of October.

When the World Wounds cover art When the World Wounds by Kiini Ibura Salaam (CW ’01), a collection of short stories, just debuted and is now available for purchase at your favorite local bookseller.

Evan Peterson’s (CW ’15) poem “Kishotenketsu for Mars” appeared in the Seattle Review of Books in early November.

Lawrence Schimel (CW ’91) has had several new translations appear recently. His translation of Argentine author Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría’s “Terpsichore” appeared at Strange Horizons as a special bonus content during their recent fundraiser. His translation of Mexican writer Raquel Castro’s “Last Night I Didn’t Dream at All” appears in the special Nightmares issue of UK magazine LITRO, and his translation of Spanish author Pilar Adón’s “Aerial Plants” appears in the special Tribute to Stephen King issue of Palabras Errante.

He translated six different pieces appearing in November 2016 at Strange Horizons as part of their special tie-in issue for the Eurocon being held in Barcelona this year: the novelette “Gracia” by Susana Vallejo”; a short story titled “Esmeralda” by Tamara Romero; and the poems “Microtherapy” by Sofía Rhei, “Short Icelandic Saga” by Antonio Rivero Taravillo, and “Supernatural Tongue” by Estíbaliz Espinosa. He also translated an interview for that same issue between Elia Barceló & Ricard Ruiz Garzón.

Diana Rowland’s (CW ’98) new novel Legacy of the Demon was published in October.

S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16) has a story in the forthcoming anthology Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures.

Katrina S. Forest’s (CW ’09) anthology, The Poisoned City and Other Stories, launched on Amazon in October.

Anne Toole (CW ’11) has a short story, “Lions on the Mississippi,” in the anthology Altered States of the Union.

Neile Graham (CW ’96) has three poems in The Cascadia Subduction Zone’s April issue, now available to read in PDF. Her poem, “Spell for the Gleaning of Water,” was published as the first poem in the inaugural edition of Twisted Moon Magazine.

Laurie Penny‘s (CW ’15) novel Everything Belongs to the Future is now available at your local bookseller.

Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14) has a story in West Branch Wired titled “The Night Market.”

Michael R. Underwood (CW ’07) has launched Genrenauts Season One Collection, collecting the first season of his serial Genrenauts in one volume.

Greg Beatty’s (CW ’00) poem “Prayer Causes Stars” was reprinted in The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volume 2.

Clarion West Alumni News, October 2016

Welcome to the October edition of the Clarion West Alumni News! We have great reading (and some great listening!) for you this month.

There are still spaces open in two One-Day Workshops this fall: Rewriting and Revisioning taught by Cat Rambo on November 20, and Integrating Character, Plot, and Worldbuilding taught by David D. Levine on December 4. Register today for these two intensive workshops.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying to the 2017 Clarion West Summer Workshop, this is a great time to start polishing your work to apply. You can read our introduction to the application process (including an answer to the question “what the heck should I put into my application essay?”) in our article about how, why, and when to apply to the workshop.

Volunteer opportunity: Clarion West is looking for someone who’s a whiz with Adobe Illustrator to make some small but important changes to our logo. If you have Illustrator skills and would like to donate a few hours to Clarion West, please email

As always, we want to hear from our alumni! If you have news to share, drop a line to If you don’t receive a reply within two days, try again — our spam filters occasionally eat email.



Usman T. Malik (CW ’13) won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella for “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn.” Usman was also featured in a Clarion West video where he talked about bringing what he learned at Clarion West back to Pakistan.

Greg Beatty (CW ’00) won third place in the City of Rockingham, Western Australia Short Fiction Awards. The contest involves writing short stories in response to a painting.



Usman T. Malik‘s (CW ’13) story, “Laal Andhi,” appeared in September in Nightmare Magazine.

pointmysticChristopher Reynaga (CW ’08) has a podcast series that will be launching in October. Point Mystic is a radio show in search of the stories behind magic, mystery, and the unexplained. The teaser episode that will become available this month (September) features appearances by Clarion West instructor Joe Hill and MTV’s Martha Quinn. The first season launches October 31. You can follow the show and find out more at

The High Lonesome Frontier,” by Rebecca Campbell (CW ’15), has been published by

T. Jane Berry‘s (CW ’16) story, “How to Survive in Room 105,” was published in PodCastle.

Also on PodCastle in September was Sandra M. Odell‘s (CW ’10) story “Telling Stories.”

Lawrence Schimel (CW ’91) has been keeping busy in Madrid. His poem, “Many Moons Ago,” was just reprinted in the anthology Watcher of the Skies: Poems About Space and Aliens edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright. His translation of Sofía Rhei’s “Bluebeard Possibilities” was reprinted at SF In Translation. His translation of a middle grade novel about a pirate crew that discovers that reading is the best treasure will be published in October: The Treasure of Barracuda by Llanos Campo. His translation of Lola Robles’ book Monteverde: Memoirs of an Interstellar Linguist will be published by Aqueduct Press in November. Two stories he translated will appear in the Spanish Women of Wonder anthology: “Sea Changes” by Lola Robles, and “Terpsichore” by Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría.

seriouslyshiftedTina Connolly‘s (CW ’06) novel, Seriously Shifted (sequel to the Norton-nominated Seriously Wicked), about reluctant teen witch Cam, comes out on November 1, 2016, with 300% more witch hijinks! She also has a few book tour stops — check out her website for more information.

Julia Wetherell (CW ’15) has had two recent publications: “Into the Starfish Heart” appeared in Luna Station Quarterly’s September issue, and “My Ex-Girlfriend’s Ex-Girlfriend” appeared in The Wild Hunt in July.

Alex Kane (CW ’13) executive produced a Star Wars documentary that is now available to view on Amazon Video: The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey.

Th Fifth Lttr” by S. Qiouyi Lu (CW 16) appeared in Daily Science Fiction in September.

mysterioncover-frontfromflatKristin Janz (CW ’08) and her husband, Donald S. Crankshaw, have edited and independently published an anthology of Christian-themed speculative fiction. Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith is now available in paperback and ebook from all the major online retailers.

Judy McCrosky‘s (CW ’96) collection, Lifting Weights, is out now from Thistledown Press.

Evan J. Peterson‘s (CW 15) essay, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show and four decades of queer sci fi punk,” appeared on BoingBoing in September.

The anthology, Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology, has stories by two alumni: “Real Selfies,” by Jon Lasser (CW ’16) and “Specific Wisdom,” by Kris Millering (CW ’09).

Brian Conn (CW ’04) has a story in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3.

Bryan Camp‘s (CW ’12) first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, will be published by John Joseph Adams Books in 2018.

The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Stories, a collection by Thersa Matsuura (CW ’15), will be published in November 2016 by Independent Legions Publishing.

Clarion West Alumni News, September 2016

Welcome to the September edition of the Clarion West Alumni News! Our fall One-Day Workshop series are now open for registration:

We’re already preparing for Summer Workshop application season! More information about applications for 2017 will be released in the coming months. If you know a writer who might want to apply for the workshop, we have an article on our website that goes over when, why, and how to apply.

Alumni, we want to hear from you. Send personal and publication news to We’d love to feature pictures of meetups of CW class members as well—feel free to send them to us.



Curtis C. Chen‘s (CW ’14) story, “Like a Ghost I’m Gonna Haunt You,” was published in August in Daily Science Fiction. He was also the content editor for the August edition of “Puzzled Pint,” a free monthly worldwide event. The puzzles were Star Trek themed, to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary, and are now available online for anyone to play and share at the Puzzled Pint website.

The Art of Deception cover art“The Art of Deception,” a novelette by Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01), has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 WSFA Small Press Short Fiction Awards. It was originally published in the Australian anthology Insert Title Here, and is now also available as a standalone ebook. Her second historical fantasy novel for adults, Congress of Secrets, will be published by Pyr Books in November. This book is a sequel to her novel Masks and Shadows, published earlier this year and now available for purchase at your local bookstore.

“Atavistacular,” by Marlee Jane Ward (CW ’14), will be appearing in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 64.

Tegan Moore‘s (CW ’15) story, “Epitome,” was published in the September issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, and her story, “How High Your Gods Can Count,” was featured in Strange Horizons in May. She is also learning how to whistle.

Amy Wolf (CW ’92) has sold her fantasy series, The Cavernis Trilogy, to Red Empress Press. All three books will be published in 2017. She also has a story forthcoming in the Arthurian anthology, After Avalon.

Lora Gray (CW ’16) has a short story titled, “Shadow Boy,” in the September issue of Shimmer.

Jude-Marie Green‘s (CW ’10) story, “A Superlative For Goodbye,” appeared in Ad Astra in August.

Alexander Berman (CW ’14) wrote and directed a digital pilot for Disney Channel, “Virtual High.”

Sandra Odell‘s (CW ’10) story, “Iridescent,” was published in Triangulation: Beneath The Surface.

“The Gatherer of Sorrows,” by J. M. Sidorova (CW ’09), will be published in the anthology Science Fiction by Scientists in September.

Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) was interviewed for John Scalzi’s blog series “The Big Idea.” Her story,”Exquisite Corpse,” was published in Daily Science Fiction in August.



Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) will be appearing at a pair of events in San Francisco on September 10. He will be at Borderlands Books with Patrick Swenson (CW ’86) at 1 p.m. and at Writers with Drinks that evening. See the Macmillan site for more details on times and locations.

Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) is going on book tour with her novel Everfair. She will be appearing in cities across the United States—see for her schedule, and come out to see her.



hmseattleaugust2016Seattle-area Clarion West alumni met up in August for drinks and critiques. Around the table, from left to right: Yang-Yang Wang (CW ’14), Tod McCoy (CW ’10), Meghan Sinoff (CW ’06), Vicki Saunders (CW ’09), Randy Henderson (CW ’09), Betsy Aoki (CW ’16), Evan Peterson (CW ’15), Tegan Moore (CW ’15), and Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14).

If you’ve met up with classmates or other Clarion West alumni, we’d love to see pictures! Send them to and we’ll publish them in the Alumni News.

alumniaug2016Welcome to the August edition of the Clarion West Alumni News! There’s a lot of great stuff in this edition, including an announcement of a new Clarion West class tradition, award announcements, and—as usual—lots of great reading.

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.

We would also love to see any writing or blog posts you’ve done about the Clarion West experience or the Write-a-thon—you can share those as well with

The Clarion West Write-a-thon ended on a high note—an incredible challenge pledge was put up and achieved! Thank you to all of our writers and sponsors for making this fundraiser such a success. You can still sponsor a writer through the end of August at the Clarion West Write-a-thon page.



Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07) won a Pushcart Prize for “The Story of a True Artist,” published in Zyzzyva, issue #105, Winter 2015. The story will be reprinted in Pushcart Prize XLI, in November 2016.

Usman T. Malik (CW ’13) has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for his story “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn,” published at

Rebecca Campbell (CW ’15) is shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for her story “The Glad Hosts,” published in Lackington’s Magazine.



Mimi Mondal‘s (CW ’15) story “The Sea Sings at Night,” first published last year in The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 9: Intersections and Alliances, was reprinted in Digital Fiction Pub. She also has an essay on fantasy fiction from India on the Indian news site, She wrote this essay during the first week of this year’s Clarion West Write-a-thon.

Brooks Peck (CW ’90), curator at Seattle’s EMP Museum, opened the Star Trek 50th anniversary exhibition at the museum last May. On September 4, 2016, a documentary about the creation of that exhibition, as well as myriad other Star Trekanalia, will air on the Smithsonian Channel.

Jude-Marie Green’s‏ (CW ‘10) story, “Quantum Rose,” will be published in Perihelion in August. On August 18, at WorldCon, James Gunn’s Ad Astra will have a reading at noon including her story, “A Superlative for Goodbye.”

Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) and Tina Connolly (CW ’06) each have debut short story collections coming out from Fairwood Press on August 16, exactly 10 years after attending Clarion West. Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World and On the Eyeball Floor are both now available for preorder. Fairwood Press will be having a launch party at WorldCon in Kansas City on Friday, August 19, and they will be appearing at the University Bookstore in Seattle at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25. Seven Wonders was also the recipient of a Publisher’s Weekly starred review.

Her Sacred Spirit Soars,” by S. Qiouyi Lu (CW ’16), was published in Strange Horizons.

“Chimeras,” by Julie Steinbacher (CW ’14) (written in Week Six of her Clarion West year with John Crowley and published last year in Escape Pod), is a notable story for the 2016 Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, guest edited by Karen Joy Fowler. Also on the list are Helena Bell (CW ’13), Kij Johnson (CW ’87), Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04), Rich Larson (CW ’14), Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05), and Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06)

The latest episode of Michael R. Underwood‘s (CW ’07) genre dimension-hopping novella series, “The Substitute Sleuth,” is now available for purchase.

Nisi Shawl‘s (CW ’92) essay, “Ones and Twos and Rarely Threes,” was published in August in Fireside Fiction, and she was interviewed for the Imaginary Worlds podcast episode, “Legacy of Octavia Butler.” Her novel Everfair, which comes out in September of this year, just received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. announced in July that it has acquired two novellas from JY Yang (CW ’13): “The Red Threads of Fortune” and “The River Runs Red.” These novellas will be published in summer of 2017.

Robert Guffey (CW ’96) has just sold his first novel, Until The Last Dog Dies. It will be published by Night Shade/Skyhorse in late 2017.

Anne Toole‘s (CW ’11) story, “Lions on the Mississippi,” about a sovereign Natchez nation in the state of Mississippi, was published in the anthology Altered State of the Union. She was the writer on the comic “The Monkey’s Paw,” which came out in May in Zenescope’s Grimm Tales of Terror Vol. 2 #8.

Malcolm Devlin (CW ’13) will have his first short story collection, You Will Grow Into Them, published by Unsung Stories in 2017.

Thersa Matsuura‘s (CW ’15) story, “The Carp-Faced Boy,” was published in the anthology The Beauty of Death.

Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04) has a new story out in Lenny: “The Next World and the Next.”

The July 2016 issue of Asimov’s, which came out while editor Sheila Williams was teaching for Clarion West, has three CW alumni in it: Richard William Larson (CW ’14), Mary Anne Mohanraj (CW ’97), and Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07).

Greg Beatty (CW ’00) had a story, “Positronic Dreams,” accepted by Helios Quarterly.


Appearances and other announcements

Several Clarion West alumni helped create and perform a New Wave/Disco recruitment anthem for SFWA. It was performed at the Nebula Ceremony in May 2016. The performance featured Alyx Dellamonica (CW ’95), Tina Connolly (CW ’06), and Henry Lien (CW ’12). It can be viewed on Youtube. (Click the CC button to view the lyrics.)

Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti (CW ’15) will join Hub City as Writer-In-Residence this fall.

Blythe Woolston (CW ’12) was profiled in Last Best News in July.

VT_PromoSquare_MargaretKilljoy_v01Vintage TomorrowsVT_PromoSquare_NisiShawl_v01, a steampunk documentary, features interviews with Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), and Margaret Killjoy (CW ’15). It’s available on DVD, video on demand, and digital streaming—visit the movie’s website to learn more about how to watch.


New Clarion West tradition announced

A message from the class of 2012, who won this year’s Write-a-thon class participation challenge and were given the opportunity to come up with a new tradition for Clarion West classes:

“The class of 2012 have emerged from our sixteen-day trance, one day for each class member participating in this year’s Write-a-Thon, to announce the new Clarion West tradition.

“We have been referring to this new tradition variously as “The Echo Box,” “The Whisper Box,” and “The Mutter Box.” Future classes are free to call it whatever they want.

“During the final week of the current workshop, each member of the current class will place one physical item into a box that will be provided to them by the shadowy Clarion West Keepers. The eighteen items must all fit inside the box, which will be no larger than a small briefcase. The box will be given as a gift to the next year’s class.

“Suggested items include an anonymous, handwritten note from a current class member to a future class member containing information such as one piece of writing or workshop advice, a story prompt, a donated story idea, or a true and previously unrevealed personal secret, etc. Other examples include trinkets and keepsakes; treasured handwritten comments from a critique; etc.

“The following year, at the end of the first week, each member of the new class will remove one, and only one, item from the previous year’s box. It is theirs to keep. During the final week, the new class will in turn make their own box for the following year’s class. At that time, they can share the item they chose from the box with their classmates.”

Clarion West Alumni News, July 2016

We’re now deep into workshop season here at Clarion West—this year’s students are hard at work during these intense six weeks. There are still a few more readings in our Summer Reading Series on Tuesday evenings, and we hope you’ll join us!

The Write-a-thon is also still in full swing, and we hope you’ll stop by and sponsor a writer or two. While you’re on the Clarion West site, you can also check out our upcoming One-Day Workshops.

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.



Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07) has won a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant for her novel, Project Empathy.

Ann Leckie (CW ’05) won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for Ancillary Mercy.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award, for his novella “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn.”



cover art for Arabella of MarsDavid D. Levine‘s (CW ’00) first novel, Arabella of Mars, will be published by Tor on July 12! There will be copies for sale at Westercon (6/30-7/4), where he’s the Fan Guest of Honor, and he’ll be reading and signing in Portland (7/13), San Diego (7/15), Los Angeles (7/16), New York City (7/20), Bainbridge Island (7/28), and Seattle (7/29). See for details. Please check David’s site for more details and updates—due to family medical concerns, these signings may be rescheduled or canceled.

Robert Freeman Wexler‘s (CW ’97) story, “Darkness, and Darkness,” is out now in Postscripts 36/37/The Dragons of the Night.

In August 2015, Ron Drummond‘s (CW ’87) story, “Planck’s Pleroma,” was published in Issue 19 of Eleven Eleven, an international journal of art and literature published by the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In October, he gave a public reading of that story at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, NY. Additionally, he has two pieces in recent issues of The New York Review of Science Fiction: “Unsettled Reflections on Michael Bishop’s ‘Rattlesnakes and Men'” (Sept. 2015 issue) and “Unsettled Reflections on David Hartwell” in the special Hartwell Memorial issue. Five more pieces—a short story, a myth-telling, a dream-telling, and two essays—are forthcoming in the feminist-themed, women-helmed anthology, Encyclopedia Vol. 3 L-Z, published by Encyclomedia.

cover art for The Conclave of ShadowAlyc Helms‘s (CW ’12) second novel, The Conclave of Shadow, will be coming out from Angry Robot on July 5, 2016. The Conclave of Shadow is a supernatural caper adventure in the style of “Ocean’s Eleven” or “Escape from Alcatraz,” and the second in her Adventures of Mr. Mystic urban fantasy series.

Magnifica Angelica Superable,” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (CW ’09), appears in the July 2016 issue of Lightspeed.

Nancy Jane Moore (CW ’97) has a story titled “Until We Are All Free” in The Shadow Conspiracy III, published by Book View Café.

Wise Child,” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (CW ’73), was published on in June.

Robert Guffey‘s (CW ’96) story “Destroy All Monsters” will be appearing in the fall issue of The Mailer Review.


CW Alumni News, June 2016

It’s one of the most exciting times of year here at Clarion West—Summer Workshop season!  Keep writing all summer long with your fellow writers and the Clarion West Write-a-thon. There are in-person and online events planned, as well as a prize drawing at the end of the Write-a-thon. Find out more and sign up today!

In addition to the Write-a-thon, Clarion West is holding a benefit event on June 26–an evening with one of the wisest and wittiest authors in speculative fiction, Connie Willis.  Space is limited and this event is likely to sell out, so sign up now.

We’ve also just announced an exciting lineup of One-Day Workshops for this fall:

Visit the One-Day Workshops page to learn more.



Caroline M. Yoachim’s (CW ‘06) story, “The First Snow of Winter,” is out now in Daily Science Fiction.

Jei D. Marcade’s (CW ‘11) story, “Communion,” has been published in PodCastle.

Curtis Chen's listing at the Star Trek exhibit at the EMPCurtis C. Chen (CW ‘14) is one of the featured interviewees in the new Star Trek Exhibit in Seattle.  The curator spoke to a variety of Trek fans about diverse topics, and you can hear excerpts in the mezzanine.  Curtis says, “The whole exhibit is great! Apart from the TOS Enterprise bridge, which is the centerpiece, I recommend crawling through the Jefferies tube, going on an away mission in the transporter room, and studying the comprehensive timeline of Trek history (including plenty of time travel).”

Greg Cox (CW ’84) just found out that his upcoming Star Trek novel, Legacies, Book 1: Captain to Captain, is also being released as audiobook.  The novel, which comes out in June, is Book 1 of a trilogy celebrating Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary.

“The Wedding Photographer,” by Robert Guffey (CW ‘96) is out now in the anthology, Postscripts #36/37 The Dragons of the Night. The anthology can be purchased at the PS Publishing site.

Sandra Odell (CW ‘10) interviewed Alasdair Stuart about podcasting, the future of Escape Artists, and more.


Patreons and Kickstarters

Rachel Swirsky (CW ‘05) has a new Patreon where you can support her work. Her first month was a fundraiser called “Making Lemons into Jokes” which raised funds for Lyon-Martin health services.

Michael R. Underwood (CW ‘07) ran a Kickstarter to fund the Complete Genrenauts Season One Collection, including Episodes 1-6 and special extras.



tour poster for Waypoint KangarooCurtis C. Chen (CW ‘14) will be on tour for his book, Waypoint Kangaroo, in June and July.  See the Facebook event page for locations and more details.

Evan J. Peterson (CW ’15) will be teaching a speculative poetry workshop on June 18 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love and one of the instructors of the 1995 Clarion West Summer workshop, died in May at age 70.  Jessica Riesman (CW ’95) said, “[S]he was charming and profane in equal measure, generous, dry, and very, very smart.” You can find out more about Katherine Dunn’s life in her obituary in Willamette Week.


Clarion West Alumni News, May 2016

Clarion West is plunging headlong into workshop season!  If you’re in the area, we hope you’ll join us for our Summer Reading Series on Tuesday evenings. Locations vary, so check the Summer Reading Series page for more details. We also hope you’ll join us for this year’s Write-a-thon. You can meet your writing goals this summer and support the students and the workshop at the same time. Everyone wins!


David D. Levine’s (CW ‘00) story “Damage,” which appeared at in January 2015, is a nominee for the Sturgeon Award.

Karen L. Abrahamson’s (CW ‘01) story, “With One Shoe,” from the anthology Playground of Lost Toys edited by Ursula Pflug and Colleen Anderson (CW ‘87), has been nominated for the Arthur Ellis award. The anthology as a whole has been nominated for an Aurora Award in the Best Related Work category.

Ann Leckie (CW ’05) is a finalist for the Hugo Award for her novel Ancillary Mercy.



Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis ChenCurtis Chen (CW ‘14) has had two more articles published: “Special Synopsis Sauce” on the SFWA blog, and “My Murdered Darling — ‘The Crazy Flirty Lady‘” on Katrina Archer’s blog.  He’s also going on a west coast book tour to promote his novel, Waypoint Kangaroo , which comes out on June 21.

A novelette that Lawrence Schimel (CW ‘91) translated, “My Wife, My Daughter” by Domingo Santos, has been published in the anthology Castles in Spain. Castles in Spain collects ten science fiction stories published in Spain from the past 25 years.

Shannon Peavey (CW ’13) and Kelly Sandoval (CW ’13) have just launched a new online magazine, Liminal StoriesVince Haig (CW ’13) contributed cover art, and, as of the next issue, Helena Bell (CW ’13) will be the poetry editor.

Resurrection House has acquired Jessica Reisman’s (CW ‘95) novel, Substrate Phantoms, a far-future science fiction adventure that opens on a haunted space station. The novel is slated for a winter/spring 2017 release.

Tina Connolly (CW ‘06) recently joined the staff of Escape Pod as a co-host.

Colleen Anderson (CW ’87) has had a number of poems and stories published recently: “The Hedge Witch” in the Summer 2015 edition of On Spec (in which she was also the featured poet); “Beltane Fires” in Eternal Haunted Summer; “Book of Shadows” in Devolution Z; “I Dreamed a World” in Polu Texni (nominated for a Rhysling Award); “Freedom’s Just Another Word” in Agnes and True; and “Buffalo Gals” in the anthology Clockwork Canada. She also co-edited the anthology The Playground of Lost Toys with Ursula Pflug.

“Suicide Club” by Amy Sisson (’00), which first appeared in Sybil’s Garage, was translated into German for the March 2016 issue of Visionarium.  It is also slated to appear in Trigger Warning within the next few months.  Her story “On Not Noticing a Bear” was included in Podcastle’s November 2015 bear-themed flash fiction issue, and her story “Minghun” was podcast by Glittership in October 2015.

Guy Immega (CW ‘06) has a story titled “Epilogue” forthcoming in Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela, which will be out in Spring 2017.

Poems from Neile Graham (CW ‘96) appear in the latest Cascadia Subduction Zone. It also has an essay by Daniel Abraham (CW ’98), “Toward a Feminist Masculinity,” responding to bell hooks’ The Will To Change.

Geetanjali Dighe (CW ‘13) was one of three winners of the Octavia E. Butler-inspired flash fiction contest Door to a Pink Universe, with her story “Voice of Gravaar.”



The cherry trees are in full bloom and the days are getting longer and warmer in Seattle, where Clarion West is busy getting ready for summer. The Clarion West class of 2016 has been announced and our workshop staff and volunteers are preparing for the workshop, the Summer Reading Series, and the Write-a-thon.

We have a few more One-Day Workshops coming up this spring:



Justina Robson’s (CW ’96) novel, Glorious Angels, was shortlisted for the 2015 BSFA Awards.

Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04) won the 2016 Whiting Award. The Whiting Awards are based on “early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come,” and each award comes with a prize of $50,000.

Deb Taber (CW ’04) was selected as a member of the 2016 Tiptree Award jury. Anyone can recommend works for consideration here:



You Are Not the Hero of This Story,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06), appeared in Daily Science Fiction in late March.

David Levine (CW ‘00) has a story at, titled “Discards.” This story is set in the Wild Cards universe, created by George R. R. Martin.

Kelly Sandoval’s (CW ’13) story, “The Stories She Tells Herself,” appeared in Daily Science Fiction on April 1.

Alex Kane’s (CW ’13) comic book, Asphodel #1, is now available on ComiXology, where it debuted on the best-sellers list and remained there for over a week after it was released. The comic began as a story written during Chip Delany’s week at Clarion West 2013.

Cover art for The Devourers by Indrapramit DasThe cover for the North American edition of Indrapramit Das’s (CW ’12) novel The Devourers has been revealed. This edition will be published in the United States and Canada in July, and is now available for preorder.  The Devourers earned nominations for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Tata Live! Literature First Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the 2016 Crawford Award.

Margaret Killjoy (CW ’15) has a story in Strange Horizons, “The Name of the Forest.”

Mimi Mondal’s (CW ’15) story, “And the Final Frontier is Heaven,” was published in the Fiction issue of Kindle Magazine (India) in March. She also signed a contract with Juggernaut Books to publish her short story collection Other People as individual short stories in 2016 and as a complete book in 2017. One of the stories from the collection, “This Sullied Earth, Our Home,” was published in PodCastle in February 2015, the first story from their Artemis Rising festival.

Michael Matheson’s (CW ‘14) story, “Change as Seen Through an Orrery of Celestial Fire,” was just published in the anthology Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen, edited by Claude Lalumière and Mark Shainblum. The anthology was published in Canada in March and will be published in the the United States in April.

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) recently contributed guest posts to two writing blogs: “The Joy of Deadlines” on ShadowSpinners and “The Page as Performance” on NaNoEdMo.  Curtis also adds: “My wife and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary by completing some long-overdue homemaking projects, including putting up more bookshelves!” (The need for bookshelves never ends!)

Rhiannon Rasmussen (CW ’14) has a story in the Spring 2016 edition of The Sockdolager: “As You Were, Aggie.”

Marlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) story, “Phasing In, Phasing Out,” also appears in the Spring 2016 edition of The Sockdolager.

Greg Beatty (CW ‘00) has had his poem, “Why Grandma Weeps,” accepted for publication in Eye to the Telescope.

Henry Lien (CW ‘12) has sold his first novel, Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword, along with its first sequel in a two book deal to Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The first book will be published in 2017.

Sandra Odell’s (CW ‘10) story, “Gina Starlight’s Got The Blues,” has been published in Perehelion.

Robert Guffey’s (CW ‘96) essay, “Here Among the Dead: The Phantom Carriage (1921) and the Cinema of the Occulted Taboo,” has been published in the collection Expressionism in the Cinema. He has also had a collaborative story published in Buffalo Zine No. 3, “Janelle’s Key,” written with Irvine Welsh, Fred Venturini, John Schoneboom, Arthur Mauritz, and John Keene.

Mark Pantoja (CW ’11) has had his story, “The Redesign,” published at



Here at Clarion West, the action is ramping up as we prepare for the Six-Week Workshop, the Summer Reading Series, and some great spring One-Day Workshops. We have exciting news about the Nebula Awards in this edition of the Alumni News, as well as new work from our alumni.

There’s still space available in these One-Day Workshops:



The Nebula Awards nominations have been announced, and there’s a Clarion West alumnus in almost every category! The 50th annual Nebula Awards will be presented in Chicago on the evening of May 14.

Our alumni nominees are:

  • Ann Leckie (CW ‘05) for her novel, Ancillary Mercy
  • Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) for his novella, “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn”
  • Henry Lien (CW ‘12) for his novelette “The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society”
  • David D. Levine (CW ’00) for his short story, “Damage”
  • Tina Connolly (CW ‘06) for her novel Seriously Wicked


Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has been nominated for the 2016 Compton Crook Award for her novel, Beasts of Tabat.



cover art for THE SEER by Sonia LyrisSonia Orin Lyris’ (CW ’92) book, The Seer, is out now from Baen: “In a small mountain village, a young girl speaks prophecies to keep her older sister and infant nephew from starving. One night, a powerful, wealthy man pounds at the door, demanding answers. Dangerous answers. Now, in order to survive, the seer must do more than predict the future. She must create it.”

Ibi Zoboi’s (CW ’01) YA debut, American Street, will be published in winter 2017 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. American Street is part of a two-book deal.

Christopher Rowe (CW ’96) has a story, “Brownsville Station,” in the upcoming anthology Drowned Worlds, edited by Johnathan Strahan. It features stories set in futures wracked by a deluge.

Julie Steinbacher’s (CW ’14) story, “Territory”, appeared in PodCastle in February.

Evan Peterson (CW ’15) has a story, titled “The Moon and the Devil and the Ace of Wands,” in the anthology The Myriad Carnival, out from Lethe Press.

Katrina Forest (CW ’09) has had her story, “Pidgin,” featured in the Flash Fiction Online 2015 Anthology.

Shawn Scarber’s (CW ’06) story, “The Opening of the Bayou Saint John,”  was published in Strange Horizons.

Breaking Water,” by Indrapramit Das (CW ‘12), was published on

Siobhan Carroll’s (CW ’09) story, “Travelling in the Grey Country,” has been published in AE.

Caren Gussoff (CW ’08) has a story, “Spring Forward,” forthcoming in Black Static.

Rachel Swirsky’s (CW ‘05) novelette, “Love Is Never Still,” came out in March in Uncanny Magazine.

Caroline M. Yoachim’s (CW ‘06) “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station,” a Choose Your Own Adventure-style story, is this month’s cover story in Lightspeed.

Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92) has an essay titled “The People Men Don’t See” published for the People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! anthology Kickstarter.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has two new stories coming out: “Red in Tooth and Cog” will appear in the March/April Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and “Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest” appears in the science fantasy issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Robert Guffey’s (CW ’96) novelette, “The Wedding Photographer,” will be out soon in the anthology Postscripts #36/37.

Kris Millering (CW ’09) has a story, “Wildfire Sky,” in Truth Beyond Paradox, an anthology of stories set in the world of Mage: The Ascension.


Appearances, etc.

Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92) and Cynthia Ward (CW ‘92) are teaching an online version of their fantastic Writing the Other workshop on March 14. You can find more information at Brown Paper Tickets.

Nisi Shawl (CW ‘92) will also host “Writers Under The Influence,” an event honoring Octavia E. Butler, at Hugo House in Seattle on March 22. Vonda N. McIntyre and Caren Gussoff will read at the event, along with other Pacific Northwest writers. This event is a co-production of Clarion West and Hugo House.

We received a dispatch from Cat Rambo (CW ’05 and current president of SFWA): “2016 marks plenty of travel for me, but all fun stuff. I’m off to the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts mid-March, then hitting Norwescon, then off to the Associated Writing Programs conference at the end of the month.

“In news from my volunteer role with SFWA, we’ve just unveiled a shiny new feature in the form of the Speakers Bureau. Please check it out! There is a ton of cool new stuff coming this year from SFWA plus a lot of the usual good features, so stay tuned for some of that. If you’re looking for nonfiction writing opportunities, remember the SFWA Blog pays 6 cents a word and the SFWA Bulletin 10 cents a word. You can find the guidelines on the SFWA site.

“My online classes are going well, and I recently added an on-demand component, which you can see at”

Clarion West Alumni News, February 2016

There’s some great reading for cold February evenings in this month’s Alumni News! Clarion West’s staff and volunteers are busy with applications and preparing for this summer’s workshop and readings.

We’ve just announced four new One-Day Workshops for spring 2016:

Check them out and register soon—they may fill up quickly.

Clarion West is co-sponsoring an evening at Seattle’s Hugo House celebrating Octavia Butler on March 22. This event will feature readings and conversation with Vonda N. McIntyre, Gabriel Teodros, Caren Gussoff, Quenton Baker, and Nisi Shawl. Admission is free, and books will be for sale by the Elliott Bay Book Company. See the Hugo House site for more information.

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.



Marlee Jane Ward (CW ’14) has won the Victoria Premier Literary Award in the Prize for Young Adults category for Welcome to Orphancorp. Congratulations!



Vonda McIntyre (a Clarion West founder), Nisi Shawl, (CW ’92), Ann Leckie (CW ’05), and Usman Malik (CW ’13) have all had stories chosen for the The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Vol 10, edited by Jonathan Strahan.

Vonda McIntyre’s story “Little Sisters” has also been chosen for The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton.

Rebecca Campbell (CW ’15) has had her story “Glad Hosts” selected for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016.

K. C. Ball’s (CW ’10) story “Last Call” appeared in Daily Science Fiction in January.

Jude-Marie Green (CW ’10) has a story in The Colored Lens titled “Miracles Wrought Before Your Eyes.”

David Herter’s (CW ’90) story “Islands off the Coast of Capitola, 1978” was chosen by Lois Tilton as one of the year’s best in her “2015 Reviews in Review” column.

Secrets on the Dragon Tomb by Patrick SamphirePatrick Samphire’s (CW ’01) debut novel Secrets of the Dragon Tomb was published in February. This middle-grade novel is fully illustrated by Jeremy Holmes.

Laurie Penny’s (CW ’15) story about a serial killer’s apprentice, “The Killing Jar,” was published in Motherboard in February.

Sandra Odell’s (CW ’10) story “Godfall” appeared in GigaNotoSaurus in January.

Jon Allison (CW ’07) has a flash story titled “The Missing Finger of Jerry Garcia” in Freeze Frame Fiction.

A.M. Dellamonica (CW ’95) had her story “The Glass Galago,” set in the same universe as her novels Child of a Hidden Sea and Daughter of No Nation, published at

Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) story “Zel and Grets” will appear in The Grimm Future anthology. Her story “Valerie” will be reprinted in the NewCon Press anthology Obsidian: A Decade of Horror Stories by Women.

Gord Sellar’s (CW ’06) story “Sunshine” was published in Cosmos Magazine in January.

Rich Larson (CW ’14) has a story out in Clarkesworld titled “Extraction Request.”



Randy Henderson (CW ’09) will be launching his novel Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free with an event at the University Bookstore in Seattle on February 16. He will also be reading at the Grassroots Bookstore in Corvallis, Oregon on February 18, at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, California on February 19, at Borderlands in San Francisco on February 20 (with Alyx Dellamonica, CW ’95), at Mysterious Galaxy San Diego on Sunday, February 21, and several more locations in February and March. See Randy’s Web site for more details.


Clarion West Alumni News, January 2016

Welcome to the new year! Everyone here at Clarion West is excited about what the new year holds: the Summer Workshop, One-Day Workshops, the Summer Reading Series, the Write-a-thon, and more.

Applications are still open for the Clarion West Summer Workshop, and the application fee is discounted to $30 before February 10. If you or a friend wants to apply, now is a great time to get your application in! You can find out more about the workshop and the application process on our Six-Week Workshop page.

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a flash fiction contest in honor of Octavia Butler, called Door to a Pink Universe.  One of the prizes for this contest is a Clarion West One-Day Workshop registration. For details on the contest, eligibility, and deadlines, please visit the Door to a Pink Universe site.



Greg Beatty  (CW ’00) story “Tag” won the Ligonier Valley Writers 2015 Flash Fiction Contest.  “A Towel for the Mermaid, a Lighthouse for Magic” won a commendation in the 2015 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards, and “A Grave Concern” was shortlisted for Every Writer’s 2015 Halloween flash fiction contest.

Nicole Idar (CW ’13) won first place in the New Rivers Press American Short Story contest for “The Naked Mole Rat Experiment,” which was written at Clarion West.

Marlee Jane Ward (CW ’14) has been shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Welcome to Orphancorp.

Maura McHugh (CW ’06) has won the 2015 ICN Award for Best Writer Published Outside of Ireland.



Daughter of No Nation cover artAlyx Dellamonica’s (CW ’95) book Daughter of No Nation has just been published by Tor Books. You can read an excerpt and find out where to buy the book at

Greg Cox (CW ’84) has a number of upcoming publications, including Star Trek: Miasma, an ebook-only novella due out in February;  “Mummiya,” a short story in X-Files: The Truth is Out There, an anthology due out in March, edited by Jonathan Maberry; Star Trek: Legacies, Book I: Captain to Captain, the first book in a collaborative 50th Anniversary trilogy, due out in June; and The Librarians and The Lost Lamp, the first book based on the TNT television series “The Librarians,” due out in Fall 2016.

E. Lily Yu’s (CW ’13) week 4 story, “Braid of Days and Wake of Nights,” is in the January/Febuary issue of F&SF. Also in that issue is “Squidtown” by Leo Vladimirsky (CW ’15).

Patrick Weekes (CW ’00) had a great 2015, with The Paladin Caper, the third novel in the Rogues of the Republic series, coming out in October. At work at BioWare, Patrick was also the lead writer on the critically praised “Trespasser” DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition that came out in September, and has been named lead writer for the Dragon Age franchise moving forward.

Margaret Killjoy’s (CW ’15) story “One Star” is available to read on Motherboard.

Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) story “Family” and Helen Marshall’s (CW ’12) story “Yellow Bird” are available in the anthology Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers King in Yellow Mythos.

RoboteerAlex Lamb (CW ’97) has had his book Roboteer published by Gollancz in 2015. Roboteer is a fast-paced space opera that mixes themes of AI, religion, and contemporary ecological politics into a fable that asks the question of what makes the difference between a species that learns to thrive, and one that snuffs itself out.

 Henry Lien’s (CW ’12) novella “The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society,” which first appeared in Asimov’s, has now been made available to read on the Web.

Fabio Fernandes (CW ’13) has a story, “Mycelium,” in Perihelion Science Fiction.

Marlee Jane Ward (CW ’14) has a new story out in Apex: “Reconstituted.” This story was a winner in Apex’s Christmas Invasion contest.

Caroline M. Yoachim’s (CW ’06) story “Birthday Child” has been published in Daily Science Fiction.

The January 2016 issue of Asimov’s has stories by three alumni: “The Singing Bowl” by Genevieve Williams (CW ’02), “The Baby Eaters” by Ian McHugh (CW ’06), and “Atheism and Flight” by Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07).

Emily Skaftun’s (CW ’09) story “Dad’s Christmas Presence” appeared in Every Day Fiction in December.

Katrina S. Forest’s (CW ’09) story “Water, Floor, Leaves” is available to read now in Crossed Genres.

Folly Blaine (CW ’14) has a Christmas horror flash story called “O Tannendoom” at Every Day Fiction.

Against All Silence cover artE. C. Myers (CW ’05) has a new book coming out in May 2016 from Adaptive Books: Against All Silence. This book is a sequel to his book Silence of Six.

Greg Beatty (CW ’00) will have his story “The Thing Is, the Basement” published in Third Flatiron Publishing’s spring 2016 anthology with the theme “It’s Come to Our Attention.”

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 (edited by Sean Wallace) has stories from:

  • Rebecca Campbell (CW ’15)
  • Richard William Larson (CW ’14)

The Best Science Fiction of the Year (edited by Neil Clarke) has stories from:

  • Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06)
  • An Owomoyela (CW ’08)
  • Ann Leckie (CW ’05)
  • David D. Levine (CW ’00)
  • Richard William Larson (CW ’14)

In other anthology news, The Apex Book of World SF 4 has stories by Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13), Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14), and JY Yang (CW ’13).



Jude-Marie Green (CW ’10) will be running the 2016 Potlatch Writing Workshop on March 19.  There’s still time to get a manuscript in if you’re attending Potlatch.

Foolscap 2016 features two workshops led by Clarion West alumni: Randy Henderson (CW ’09) with “Level Up as a Writer” and Cory Skerry (CW ’12) with “Writing in (and about) a Diverse World.” Both workshops are on February 5 in Seattle.  See the Foolscap site for more information.




The weather’s gotten chilly in Seattle, but at Clarion West our hearts are warm and full of gratitude this holiday season. Many, many thanks to our volunteers and supporters who put their time and funds into making this one of the best workshops in the known universe! If you’re thinking about your year-end giving, now’s a great time to support Clarion West and help us keep the workshop as affordable as we can now and into the future.

Applications for the 2016 Clarion West Summer Workshop are now open. We have a great lineup of instructors for 2016, and you can find out more on the Summer Workshop page. If you know a writer who might benefit from this amazing workshop, let them know—most of our applicants hear about the workshop through word of mouth.

Clarion West also has spaces left in two winter One-Day Workshops: The Three Ps: Plotting, Planning, and Progress taught by Mark Teppo, and How to Read as a Writer taught by L. Timmel Duchamp. Join us in Seattle’s University District for these intriguing workshops!

You can also purchase One-Day tuition as a gift for yourself or for family and friends—email for more information.

As always, we love to hear from alumni. Send your news to to be included in our monthly Alumni News!



Blythe Woolston (CW ’12) has sold a picture book titled The Words that’s scheduled for publication in 2018. Her novel MARTians has gathered three starred reviews and is included on several “Best of 2015” lists.

Helena Bell (CW ’13) has had two stories published recently: “Needle on Bone” in Strange Horizons and “When We Were Giants” in Lightspeed. She also maintains a bibliography page where you can find all of the work published by the Clarion West class of 2013.

Sonia Lyris (CW ’92) has a new book coming out in March 2016 from Baen: The Seer.

Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99) has new stories in Memphis Noir and Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (co-edited by Nisi Shawl, CW ’92). The World Fantasy Award-winning Dark Matter anthologies Sheree edited are also featured in “Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination,” an exhibit at the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture in New York City that runs until December 31st.

Genevieve Williams (CW ’02) has a story in Perihelion titled “Good Behavior.”

Henry Lien’s (CW ’12) story “Bilingual,” originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, is now available to read for free on his Web site.

Michael Underwood’s (CW ’07) new series Genrenauts launched in November with Publishing. Pitched as Leverage meets Jasper Fforde, Genrenauts is a series of novellas, television in prose form. The first novella, “The Shootout Solution,” is now available at

Indrapramit Das (CW ’12) had a story published in Interfictions, “Psychopomp.” “I look up at the godhead. The sand is white around my bare feet, a damp seal. There is no horizon. Where the sea should fall away into the distance, it curves up instead. A towering tidal wave so high it disappears like a cliff into the foaming clouds. Lightning bristles, caressing the infinite black monolith of water. The godhead looks still, but it is very slowly moving towards the shore. Just looking at its impossible height makes me dizzy.”

Craig Laurance Gidney’s (CW ’96) limited edition novelette “The Nectar of Nightmares” is now available from Dim Shores. The novelette comes with a print of the cover art by Orion Zangara.

Carlie St. George (CW ’12) has a trilogy of fairy tale noir novelettes being published by The Book Smugglers. The first two novelettes are now available: “The Case of the Little Bloody Slipper” and “The Price You Pay is Red.” The third story, “The Long and Silent Ever After,” will be available in mid-December.



The Clarion West Alumni News, November 2015

Here at Clarion West, we’re getting ready to open applications for the summer workshop in December—our dedicated staff and volunteers are making sure we’re all organized and ready to go.

We also have several One-Day workshops now open for registration:

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.



martiansBlythe Woolston’s (CW ’12) new book MARTians has come out to strong reviews, including a starred review in Kirkus.  You can learn more and find out where to buy the book on the Candlewick Press site, or watch the delightfully strange book trailer on Vimeo.

S.L. Gilbow (CW ’11) has a new story out in Betwixt: “Colonel Callahan.”

Marlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) story “Who’s a Good Boy?” is out now in Motherboard.

Helen Marshall (CW ’12) talks about fantasy genre misconceptions, Clarion West, and the rules of writing on the This Is Horror Podcast, episode 62.

Rhiannon R.S. (CW ’14) has a new zombie flash story in Medium titled “How to Survive the Apocalypse.”

Cory Skerry’s (CW ’12) story “Bloodless” was published in October in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Curtis Chen (CW ’14) has a new story, “Ten Days Up,” in the Mission: Tomorrow anthology. He also recently attended his 20th college reunion, where a friend’s children helped advertise his forthcoming novel to classmates.

childoftwoworldsGreg Cox (CW ’84) has a whole bushel of books coming out in the next year:

  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Child of Two Worlds (November 2015)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Miasma (February 2016)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Legacies: Book I: Captain To Captain (Summer 2016)

He is also going to be branching out into new franchises, including “X-Files” and “Planet of the Apes.”


Instructor News

TheMonstrousEllen Datlow (who has taught Clarion West a number of times, as well as editing Telling Tales) had a new anthology launch in October: The Monstrous. “These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there—and much closer than it appears.”



Curtis Chen (CW ’14) will be doing a number of panels at OryCon 37, November 20-22. You can find the schedule of where he will be and when on his Web site.




It’s the time of year when people in the Seattle area are apparently collectively obsessed with squash and the weather has begun to cool off after a record-breaking summer. Here at Clarion West we’re hard at work behind the scenes, getting ready to open applications for the 2016 Six-Week Workshop as well as announce some exciting One-Day Workshops for the winter.

We have one more Fall One-Day Workshop still open for registration: “If It’s Real, Show Me” with Hiromi Goto. Goto taught for our Six-Week Workshop in 2014, and we’re so glad to have her back for this workshop in engaging the senses of the reader.

If you know a writer who might benefit from the workshop experience, please let them know that applications for the 2016 Six-Week Workshop will be open in December. Most of our applicants hear about the workshop by word of mouth.

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to



Pedro Domingos (CW ’94) has just had a new book on machine learning published, titled The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World. Domingos is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, and was interviewed about his new book by UW Today.

Jack Nicholls (CW ’11) has just had a story published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies: “Flying the Coop.”

cover art for "Fury Said to a Mouse" by Sean KleinSean Klein’s (CW ’01) novella “Fury Said to a Mouse” is now available via Oloris Publishing.

Jei D. Marcade’s (CW ’11) new story “The World in Evening” is now live at Strange Horizons.

Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) has her first short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, coming out from Fairwood Press in 2016. The title story from the collection, “Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World,” is in the September issue of Lightspeed. Her story “The Little Mermaid of Innsmouth” is out in Drabblecast as part of their Lovecraft month. Have you ever wanted to hear Caroline sing a Lovecraftian parody of a Disney song? This is your chance—she recorded a song for the end of the podcast episode.

Vicki Saunders’ (CW ’09) story “Carpe Chelonian” is now up at Three-Lobed Burning Eye.

cover art for Rising Tide by Rajan KananRajan Khanna’s (CW ‘08) second book, Rising Tide, will be released in October. It’s a sequel to his first novel, Falling Sky.

Mark Pantoja (CW ’11) has a new story up at GigaNotoSaurus titled “Body Corporate.”

Evan Peterson (CW ’15) has been busy since the workshop ended! He is now covering arts and music for The Stranger, his Week 4 story “The Moon and the Devil and the Ace of Wands” was accepted for the Myriad Carnival anthology, and he was commissioned to write an article for the “Queers Destroy Horror” issue of Lightspeed. He has also just signed a book contract with Lethe Press for a memoir about dating and sex in a not-so-post HIV world, tentatively titled The PrEP Diaries.

Jenni Moody (CW ’11) has a flash story called “How to Break Up with Your Zombie Boyfriend” published in Issue 1.2 of Strangelet.

James Robert Herndon’s (CW ’12) story “Bodies Are the Strongest Conductors” is now published and free to read in Strange Horizons.



Henry Lien (CW ‘12) was interviewed for Juliette Wade’s “Dive into Worldbuilding” series. The video can be viewed on YouTube, and touches on kung-fu figure skating, food as cultural identity, and much more. Usman T. Malik (CW ‘13) has also been interviewed for the same series.  If you’re interested in worldbuilding, they’re both thought-provoking videos to watch.



Clarion West Alumni News, September 2015

As summer begins to give way to fall, Clarion West is busy preparing for Six-Week Workshop application season as well as our One-Day Workshops. As of this writing there are still spaces left in these workshops:

Applications for the Six-Week Workshop open in December, and there will be a discount on the application fee for early applicants. If you know a writer who might benefit from the workshop, let them know that information on applying is available on our site, and it’s not too early to start preparing to apply.

As always, thank you so much to everyone who sends in their news. If you’re an alumnus who has recent publication or other news (either professional or personal), drop a line to



Cover art for Welcome to OrphancorpMarlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) novella “Welcome to Orphancorp” won the annual Viva la Novella Award, and is now available for purchase from Seizure. Congratulations!



Arinn Dembo’s (CW ’90) story “Magna Mater” will be published in the upcoming anthology of Lovecraftian stories She Walks in Shadows from Innsmouth Free Press. She also has two stories in the postmodern fantasy bestiary Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary, which is out now.

Sandra Odell (CW ’10) has had her story “Ink” published in PodCastle.  “A woman stood at the tattoo parlor’s door. Small, damp from the storm, hair disheveled and slightly askew. Comfortable in her clothes, not her skin. The sight of her made Tiger’s chest itch, and his tattoos tingle.”

Cover art for The Humanity of MonstersMichael Matheson’s (CW ’14) anthology The Humanity of Monsters comes out from ChiZine Publications this fall, and you can now see the table of contents on Michael’s Web site. There are a number of Clarion West alumni featured in this anthology, including Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14), Indrapramit Das (CW ’12), Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05), Kij Johnson (CW ’87), and Meghan McCarron (CW ’04).

Michael also has a story titled “Against a Sea of Brilliant White” out in this month in Scott David Aniolowski’s Mark of the Beast anthology, published by Chaosium.

Asimov’s has inaugurated its new podcast programming with an audio version of Henry Lien’s (CW ’12) Nebula-nominated story “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters.”

Thersa Matsuura (CW ’15) has had the first piece she wrote during Clarion West published in the “It happened to me” section of the Fortean Times.

John Walters (CW ’73) has had two stories published recently: “Rim’s End” in Perihelion, and “Aurora Borealis” in Triangulation: Lost Voices.

Katrina S. Forest (CW ’09) has had three recent publications.  Her story “Pidgin” will be in the September issue of Flash Fiction Online, and her short story “Water, Floor, Leaves” will be in the October issue of Crossed Genres. Her flash piece “Now Playing” is online at The Future Fire.

Lawrence Schimel’s (CW ’91) translation of Argentine author Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría’s science fiction novelette “Memory” has been published by Upper Rubber Boot. His translation of Domingo Santos’ novella “My Wife, My Daughter” is forthcoming in Castles in Spain, edited by Sue Burke and Mariano Villarreal. Castles in Spain is a crowdfunded anthology of Spanish science fiction, forthcoming in December.

Folly Blaine (CW ’14) and Randy Henderson (CW ’09) have sold their co-written steampunk horror story, “Hiss,” to Ghost in the Cogs, an anthology of supernatural steampunk coming in October.

Cover art for A Liaden Universe Constellation Vol. 3Steve Miller (CW ’73) and Sharon Lee’s new book Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume III was published in trade paperback August 4, and was supported by a seven city book tour. The book went to number three on the Bookscan SF Bestseller list that week and sold out about twenty days later. It is going back to print immediately.  They were also recently invited to participate in a Kickstarter for two anthologies—Alien Artifacts and Were—and they’ll be writing at least one story for the project. The books are due out in August of 2016.

Their work in progress, The Gathering Edge, is due to be turned in February 15, 2016, and the publication date has not yet been announced. The paperback version of Dragon in Exile is set for a June 2016 release, and the hardback of Alliance of Equals is tentatively due out in July of 2016. Alliance of Equals will be novel number nineteen in the Liaden Universe.

Offworld Designs now carries a line of Liaden Universe wear: t-shirts, denim, and polo shirts.  If you love the Liaden series, now’s your chance to wear an official shirt proudly!

Steve also notes that he turned 65 on July 31. He turned 23 during Clarion West in 1973.


Appearances and new ventures

Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) and K. Tempest Bradford (CW ’03) are teaching an online Writing the Other workshop this fall.  (Registration is sold out for this workshop, but it will be offered again.)  Nisi is also teaching two free in-person workshops on dialect and representation in fiction at the Seattle Public Library on September 29 and October 10. You can find out more and sign up on the Seattle Public Library site. Nisi is also teaching at Princeton and the University of Honolulu later this year.

Samuel Kolawole (CW ’15) has been chosen as a fellow at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Steve Miller (CW ’73) and Sharon Lee will be panelists at Boskone 53 in February. They’ll also be the Author Guests of Honor at RavenCon in early May in Williamsburg, Virginia, and will be sharing the Guest of Honor spot with the great SF illustrator Vincent DiFate. They’ll be featured among the returning Guests of Honor at BaltiCon 50 in Baltimore, Maryland at the end of May. If you’re an alumnus who will be at these events, get in touch with Steve—he’s more than willing to put together a Clarion/Clarion West panel at any of these conventions.


Alumni Interview: Usman T. Malik, Class of 2013

Note: this interview was conducted earlier this year.  Malik’s novella “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” came out to acclaim this past April and is very much worth a read.

Usman T. MalikAN:   What one thing are you proudest of since you completed the Clarion West Workshop? (Doesn’t have to be writing related)

UM: My novella “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn.” I spent nearly a year and a half on it. It’s heavily influenced by Sufi and Islamic ideas about the cosmos and humanity’s place in it as well as other themes close to my heart.

The novella [came] out on April 22, 2015 at

AN:   What are you working on now?

UM: An SF short story that, alas, doesn’t want to finish itself. I may have to switch to another piece soon. Sometimes I do better if I change mode. For example, for this one, I may have to switch both mode and mood from SF to horror.

AN:   Tell us something we don’t know.

UM: I started reading and writing SF proper after attending Clarion West. Before, I imagined myself to be solely a horror writer, which is not entirely true. I like writing stories that may induce intrigue and awe in the reader. Sometimes that works for me in horror, sometimes in SF & F. Occasionally in realism, but that’s rare; usually because I steal those characters and settings and build magical constructs around them.

AN:   What’s your favorite part of writing? Least favorite?

UM: I love taking long walks and dreaming about ideas. These days I dislike the actual process of writing. Writing is difficult for me at the moment for reasons I’m not entirely sure of yet.

AN:   What one piece of advice would you give to the members of the incoming Clarion West class?

UM: Don’t take the workshopping process too seriously. Learn to love your classmates, for that bond will last a lifetime and the time you invest in that will pay back a thousand times over.

Consider the kind of writer you want to be, then choose your prolificacy based on that. Write stories only you can write.

It is okay to take some time to discover who you are as a writer and perhaps as a person.




The workshop is over, our newly-minted alumni have returned home, and our dedicated workshop staff are getting some much-needed sleep. It was a fantastic summer, and I’d like to thank everyone who supported the workshop and the Write-a-thon, attended the readings, and provided needed items for the students.

The instructors for 2016 have been announced, and applications will open in December. If you know a writer who might be ready for the Six-Week Workshop, let them know that we have all of the information they’ll need on the Six-Week Workshop pages.

Our fall One-Day workshops are open for registration—join us for workshops that will make your fiction feel more real with distinguished instructors Patricia Briggs, Kij Johnson, Hannu Rajaniemi, and Hiromi Goto.

Events of Interest
The Seattle Public Library is celebrating the life and legacy of Octavia Butler with their event Pop-Up on the Plaza: Celebrate the Life of Octavia Butler at the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library on August 26. The event kicks off with a live music set by local hip-hop legend Gabriel Teodros, and continues with a conversation with writers from the new anthology Octavia’s Brood.

The shortlist for the British Fantasy Awards has been announced, and Helen Marshall (CW ’12) is on the list for her book Gifts for the One Who Comes After. The Lightspeed “Women Destroy Science Fiction” issue is also on the list for Best Anthology, which features work by many Clarion West alumni: Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05), Kris Millering (CW ’09), Maria Romasco Moore (CW ’11), Tina Connolly (CW ’06), Rhiannon Rasmussen (CW ’14), Tracie Welser (CW ’10), Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), Sandra Odell (CW ’10), Nancy Jane Moore (CW ’97), Kameron Hurley (CW ’00), Helena Bell (CW ’13), and Georgina Kamsika (CW ’12).

Nicole Idar’s (CW ’13) story “The Naked Mole Rat Experiment” is a finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction.

Curtis Chen (CW ’14) has sold his story “Laddie Come Home” to the 2016 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide anthology.

Mimi Mondal (CW ’15) had her story “Things to Do after They’re Gone” published in Daily Science Fiction.

Rich Larson (CW ’14) has been busy! His poem “I went to the asteroid to bury you” was published in Abyss & Apex, his story “Edited” was published in Interzone in July, and his story “God Decay” was reprinted in the Gardner Dozois anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection.

Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free cover artThe cover of Randy Henderson’s (CW ’09) next novel, Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free has been revealed, and the book is now available for preorder.

E. Lily Yu’s (CW ’13) story “Woman at Exhibition” was published in Uncanny in July.

Michael Smith (CW ’14), under his pen name Michael Hernshaw, has had his story “Hadley Full of Hate” published in The Sockdolager. This story was workshopped during the fifth week of the 2014 Six-Week Workshop.

The collection Stories for Chip has just been published. Co-edited by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) and Bill Campbell, it includes work from Roz Clarke (CW ’07), Kathryn Cramer (CW ’84), Geetanjali Dighe (CW ’13), Fabio Fernandes (CW ’13), Alex Jennings (CW ’03), Anil Menon (CW ’04), Benjamin Rosenbaum (CW ’01), and Sheree Renee Thomas (CW ’99).

Appearances and New Ventures
Alex Kane’s (CW ’13) Kickstarter campaign for Asphodel: A Mythic Space Opera is in full swing! It has been featured in The A.V. Club and backed by 2013 Clarion West instructor Neil Gaiman. The comic book project was adapted from a story written for Samuel R. Delany’s week at Clarion West 2013, and marks Alex’s first foray into writing comics.

The Kickstarter can be found at and at

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) will once again be running the Open Read & Critique sessions (ORCs) at OryCon 37 in Portland, Oregon this November. For details, see the OryCon website.


Alumni Interview
Interview with Cassandra Clarke, Clarion West Class of 2010

Cassandra Rose ClarkeAN: What one thing are you proudest of since you completed the Clarion West Workshop? (Doesn’t have to be writing related)
CC: Becoming a professional writer, and, specifically, learning how to navigate the experience of conventions and networking and book reviews (both positive and negative). I have issues with anxiety, which is not a great thing for a writer, since you’re basically a public figure. Getting my books was published was a thrilling experience, but it was scary, too, and I’m proud of the ways I’ve learned to cope with the scary parts.

AN: What’s your superpower? Alternately, what superpower would you most like to have?
CC: I think I’d like to have the ability to teleport. Flying would be cool, too, but teleporting is faster and seems less tiring. I probably wouldn’t use it to be a superhero, though. I’d just travel a lot and skip traffic jams.

AN: What’s one book, movie, or album you wholeheartedly recommend?
CC: One of my favorite movies of all time is 2046, directed by Wong Kar Wai. It’s about a rakish pulp science fiction author living in 1960s Hong Kong as he tries to get over an earlier love affair; this narrative is intertwined with a Philip K. Dick-esque book he’s writing about a Japanese passenger aboard a never-ending train run by androids. It’s gorgeously shot and blends the science fiction elements seamlessly with the present-day story. It’s a bit like Margaret Atwood’s Blind Assassin (which I would also wholeheartedly recommend) in the way that it shows how important science fiction stories are for helping us navigate the real world.

AN: What one piece of advice would you give to the members of the incoming Clarion West class?
CC: Take advantage of the fact that you’re living in Seattle for six weeks. Get out and experience the city! Clarion West is designed to be intense, but if you hole yourself up in your room and do nothing but write, you’ll get burned out. You have to refill the well. One of my favorite memories of Clarion West isn’t related to writing at all—it was taking an afternoon trip to the zoo. Seattle is an awesome place and there’s a lot of inspiration waiting outside the CW house.

Cassandra Rose Clarke’s first adult novel, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, and her YA novel, The Assassin’s Curse, was nominated for YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction. Her latest novel is Our Lady of the Ice, forthcoming from Saga Press in 2015.


Clarion West Alumni News, July 2015

It’s the busiest time of year for Clarion West—the Six-Week Workshop, the Summer Reading Series, and the Write-a-thon are in high gear! The Six-Week Workshop students arrived in Seattle this year at the beginning of a historic heat wave, but they’re soldiering through and getting some excellent work done.

If you’re in the Seattle area, we would love to see you at the Summer Reading Series. Our last reading event of the summer with Cory Doctorow is coming up, and if you buy your tickets in advance you’ll be entered to win a book signed by Doctorow.

The Write-a-thon is going strong, and we appreciate every writer who participates and every sponsor who donates. This Six-Week Workshop had to move to a new location this year, which has increased our costs for housing significantly. The Write-a-thon is a chance for you to help with those increased costs, and help us keep tuition low for our future students.



The Locus Awards were announced on June 27, and Ann Leckie (CW ’05) won the Best Science Fiction novel award for Ancillary Sword. Congratulations, Ann!



Ballantine Books/Del Rey (Penguin Random House) has acquired North American rights to Indra Das’s (CW ’12) debut novel The Devourers (published in the Indian subcontinent by Penguin Books India), and will be publishing it in the US and Canada in 2016. From the publisher’s announcement: “The Last Werewolf meets Interview With a Vampire in this tale of Alok, a professor in present-day Kolkata, who is beguiled by a mysterious stranger into translating ancient texts which detail the accounts of a pack of shape shifters and a human woman in Mughal India during the 17th-Century, pulling Alok deeper and deeper into the world of predators . . . and prey.”

Marlee Jane Ward (CW ’14) has had her story “The Walking Thing” published at Interfictions. This story was workshopped during the fourth week of the 2014 Six-Week Workshop.

Fabio Fernandes (CW ’13) will be publishing a collection with Francesco Verso’s Future Fiction, an imprint of the Italian publishing house Mincione Edizioni. It will be an e-book edition containing four stories, published in Italian.

Genevieve Williams’ (CW ’02) short story “Good Behavior” appears in Perihelion SF this month.


Life Events
Beatrice EvansBeatrice Hild Gentry Evans, daughter of M. Huw Evans (CW ’12 and Workshop Administrator) was born on June 2. She was 6lbs, 15oz, and 19 inches long. Kate and Beatrice are both healthy and happy as can be, and Beatrice is an excellent eater and a pretty darn good sleeper. Her big sister Eleanor is ecstatic about having a sibling. Congratulations, Huw, Kate, and Eleanor!


New Ventures
Michael Matheson (CW ’14) now has a Patreon! Patreon is a wonderful way to support your favorite writers and artists.

Jenni Moody (CW ’11) has been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s PhD in Creative Writing program, with a teaching assistantship and the Chancellor’s Award.


Alumni Interview
Indrapramit Das, Clarion West Class of 2012

Indra DasAN: What one thing are you proudest of since you completed the Clarion West Workshop?
ID: Getting an agent, and a book deal (in the Indian subcontinent, now on to other territories!).

AN: What are you working on now?
ID: Always a myriad of things without actually working on any of them as much as I should. But mainly, my next aim is to finish a second novel. I don’t know whether this’ll end up being the case, but the current plan is to expand a short story I sold to, about a few characters in Kolkata, India, spiritually and practically dealing with the impact of the dead rising up and walking again. I tend to be easily bored by zombies because of cultural overexposure, unless the execution is great (no pun intended) in whatever story they’re in, so I challenged myself to write a zombie story that I wouldn’t find generic or boring (or stereotypically post-apocalyptic).

AN: Tell us something we don’t know.
ID: I tend to have vivid, detailed waking hallucinations at night, in between or on the cusp of sleep. They sometimes persist for several seconds after I literally get up off my pillow. They will often take the form of living things, elaborate floating machinery and robotic drones, or insects/arachnids of various sizes.

AN: What’s your favorite part of writing? Least favorite?
ID: When you’re actually writing. As in, putting down words continuously for hours. There’s so much other stuff to writing—thinking, researching, more thinking, plotting, deleting, editing, proofreading, reading, re-reading, starting, ending, false starting, eating, drinking, staring, and on and on. Those stretches where you’re just straight-out writing like a classically imagined writer give me such euphoria that it literally feels like a drug. Literally. I do not use that word too lightly.

AN: What’s one question you wish people would ask you? (And the answer, if you’re so inclined!)
ID: Would you like several million dollars to let us adapt your novel/short story into a movie/TV series by an incredibly talented and smart bunch of people who would like to work very closely with you to bring your vision to screen in a way that will endure in the hearts and minds of thousands of fans for generations to come?
Answer: Why, yes, thank you!

AN: Why is speculative fiction important to you?
ID: It’s how I first started to read adult fiction, so I’ve always had a soft spot for it. It comforts me that we can literally do and create anything we can imagine within art.

AN: What one piece of advice would you give to the members of the incoming Clarion West class?
ID: Be prepared to be very emotionally vulnerable, and to use that in the relationships and art you make during the workshop. That Clarion West will be overwhelming, and hard work, goes without saying. But expecting the emotional intensity of the experience (I didn’t, but I quickly embraced it) and allowing yourself to get close to your classmates will make Clarion West easier, and hopefully, more rewarding.


Clarion West Alumni News, June 2015

It’s June, and that means it’s the most wonderful time of the year at Clarion West—Six-Week Workshop season! Writers are signing up for the Write-a-thon, and our amazing workshop staff members are taking care of all of the last little details before the students start arriving.

Speaking of the Write-a-thon, if you’re a writer who wants a great way to challenge yourself during the long days of summer, the Write-a-thon is a great way to accomplish your goals. If you haven’t signed up yet, now’s the time! Signups close on June 21. Learn more and sign up on the Write-a-thon page.

If you’re in the Seattle area, the Clarion West Summer Reading Series is a great way to get your speculative fiction fix and hear new work from our workshop instructors. Readings are on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM in Seattle’s University District. Planning to attend the Cory Doctorow reading on July 28? Buy your tickets in advance for a chance to win a book signed by Doctorow. See the event page for more information and to buy tickets.



The finalists for the Aurora Award for Canadian fiction have been announced, and Helen Marshall (CW ’12) is on the list twice: once for her poem “Aversions,” and once for her book Gifts for the One Who Comes After.

The Shirley Jackson Awards finalists were announced in June, and among the finalists are Helen Marshall (CW ’12) for her book Gifts for the One Who Comes After, and Siobhan Carroll (CW ’09) for her story “Wendigo Nights.”


K.C. Ball (CW ’10) has a new story in Perihelion: “White Russians and Old Lace.”

Emily Skaftun’s (CW ’09) story “No Alphabet Can Spell It,” is now live at Buzzy Mag. “The remaining three Fixie astronauts on their way to colonize CelBod have been out of contact with Earth for years. When they arrive on their new home planet, they find robots run amok, an elaborate garden, and a flock of semi-feral children and teens…and the genetic legacy of the human race may depend on this menagerie.”

cover art for Seriously Wicked by Tina ConnollyTina Connolly’s (CW ’06) book Seriously Wicked is now out and available for purchase wherever great YA is sold. “Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch. Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school. Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra.”

Ossuary,” by Ian Muneshwar (CW ’14), is now live at Clarkesworld. This is his first professional publication—congratulations!

The latest edition of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet has stories by two Clarion West alumni: “The Blood Carousel” by Alyc Helms (CW ’12) and “The Shadow You Cast Is Me” by Henry Lien (CW ’12).

cover art for The Weave, by Nancy Jane MooreNancy Jane Moore’s (CW ’97) new novel The Weave is out this month from Aqueduct Press. The Weave brings us a first-contact story in which humans, seeking to exploit the much-needed resources of a system inhabited by creatures they assume are “primitive” and defenseless, discover their mistake the hard way.

Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) was interviewed by Aiesha Little of the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance. Nisi talks about the anthology Stories for Chip and what she loves about Samuel Delany’s work, the Writing the Other workshop, and the effect that reviewing has on her work. She was also interviewed by The Pandora Society about steampunk and her upcoming novel Everfair.

Helena Bell (CW ’13) has a new story in Lightspeed: “Mouth.” “When Ann was only five years old, she took her brother’s mouth. He’d been sleeping, or crying, it’s hard for Ann to remember now, but she remembers the way her hand stung as it came full against his cheek, and the rattle his teeth made as his mouth flew off his face and hit the side of his crib.”

cover art for The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc HelmsAlyc Helms’s (CW ’12) debut novel, The Dragons of Heaven , about a woman who takes on her grandfather’s superhero legacy, is coming out from Angry Robot in June 2015. The ebook and UK print version are available now. Due to a production delay, the US/Canada print version will be available June 30. Synopsis, blurbs, and purchase information can be found at the Angry Robot site.

Kris Millering (CW ’09) has a new story in Clarkesworld titled “This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year.”

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) has sold his debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo and its sequel to Thomas Dunne Books. Look for Waypoint Kangaroo next year, and the sequel sometime in 2017.

Colleen Anderson (CW ’87) has recently sold two poems: “Morrigan’s Song” to Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and “the moon: Fever Dream” to Pantheon. Her short story “Shaping Destiny” was published in Black Treacle last month.


Appearances, teaching engagements, and new gigs

Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) and K. Tempest Bradford are teaching an online Writing the Other workshop. Click through for the details: The class is currently full, but they do have a waiting list.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has announced her upcoming online classes, including workshops on character building, going from idea to draft, and a first pages workshop.

On July 11 at 3pm, Alyc Helms (CW ’12) will be holding her inaugural reading and book launch at Borderlands Books in San Francisco. Please join her if you’re in town!

Alyc is also the new assistant editor under David Higgins for the Science Fiction section of the Los Angeles Review of Books, specifically responsible for small press published and emerging authors. Her co-assistant editor, Taryne Taylor, is a Clarion graduate and is in charge of authors of color and non-American authors. Their team is looking to expand the range of works covered by their section and to present engaging, non-traditional reviews and essays that further the conversations taking place in SF&F. They are very interested in finding reviewers from within the SF&F community, so please feel free to reach out to Alyc if you have a review idea:


Alumni Interview
Interview with Alyx Dellamonica, Class of 1995

alyx dellamonica portrait 2014AN: What are you working on now?
AD: My fourth novel, A Daughter of No Nation, will be out in November from Tor. It is the second in my Hidden Sea Tales trilogy. As I write these words the first, Child of a Hidden Sea, is up for a Lambda award in the SF/F category. I am horrifically smug about that, even though I’m also telling everyone who’ll listen: “But my second novel was so much gayer!”

Anyway, it should come as no surprise that I’m now working on finishing the third book in this series. Its working title is The Nature Of A Pirate and I hope to have it turned in by summer.

The Hidden Sea Tales is an ecofantasy series, meaning that the genre is a mash-up of urban fantasy and environmental science. It’s Charles Darwin in Wonderland. Jared Diamond versus Narnia! The main character is Sophie Hansa, an ocean videographer from San Francisco, who discovers a world that might either be Earth’s far future or a parallel dimension. The world, Stormwrack, has Age of Sail technology, insane biodiversity, ludicrously complicated politics and a lot of magic. Being at heart an explorer and scientist, Sophie throws herself headlong into an investigation of Stormwrack’s relationship with our world.

AN: What do you do when you need inspiration?

Answer #2 – I rip my gaze out of my navel. I’m an avid wildlife photographer and walking around my home city, Toronto, looking for and documenting the animals who co-exist with humanity here is one of my primary hobbies. (Also icicles. Lately I’ve been shooting lots of icicles.) Like a lot of writers, I find it easier to think when I’m in motion: muscles working, an elevated heartrate and blood flowing to my brain all help the writing process far more than sitting around headdesking. (Of course that’s a word!)

Answer #3 – Coffee failing and in horrific weather, I haul tush to a museum and do the same thing, without the camera. I also read history and science articles, and occasionally watch randomly chosen documentaries.

Inspiration for me is largely about having new information to play with: things to consider, turn over, and transform into fiction. When it works, I feel like Rumplestiltskin, spinning straw into gold. When it doesn’t…well, you know how baby hippos go from nursing to eating their mother’s partially digested grass droppings? Which they turn into a more refined form of hippo poop? But that’s okay, is the thing. Baby hippos are supercute, and learning to revise their waste until it too is gold is just another part of the racket.

AN: What one piece of advice would you give to the members of the incoming Clarion West class?
AD: I went to Clarion West in 1995 and at that point the Internet was barely a thing. I got my very first dial-up e-mail account so I could be in touch with my wife and I can’t remember it being useful, at that time, for anything else. (I did try going into an IRC-type chat room and got mashed by a guy claiming to be a famous comic artist, but that’s beside the point.) Now it’s twenty years later and the Internet is everywhere. I love the Internet, don’t get me wrong. But it almost seems presumptuous to say anything about a Clarion West of the now. The world is different; what do I know? So I’m not going to be the one to tell you to shut off the Facebooks, get off my lawn, and write.

So instead! Consider thinking of Clarion West as a place where you can make bold and possibly unmarketable experiments. Try writing a whole story longhand if you’ve never done that before. Hell, try dictating. Then realize you’re a terrible proofreader and that voice-to-text software doesn’t do well with SF lingo and cry a few tears before going back to work. Try that completely ludicrous second person present POV story that you’re afraid is too pretentious for words. Write the thing about aliens who bleed from the eyebrows. Explore the inner longings of semi-sentient esophageal camera equipment on Venus. You can write neat, sane, tidy, and hopefully salable stories when you go home, but bust out the weird stuff, at least once, for your classmates. Mad scientist your face off! Be rowdy. Be an excellent human face to face, but on the page put down the things that will get you banned from grade schools! Dig up stories you wouldn’t tell a psychiatrist on your deathbed, turn them into fiction and, y’know, just see how it goes.

I say this not only as a writer, but as a UCLA Writers’ Extension Program instructor whose favorite student novels, time and again, are about things that would give your grandpa the vapors.

These student writers I’m talking about, they’re fearless. They go for it. So my one piece of advice, is to jump off literary cliffs for six weeks this summer. How else are you gonna learn?
A. M. Dellamonica has recently moved to Toronto, Canada, after 22 years in Vancouver.  In addition to writing, she studies yoga and takes thousands of digital photographs. She teaches writing through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Dellamonica’s first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her most recent book, Child of a Hidden Sea, was released by Tor Books in the summer of 2014. She is the author of over thirty short stories in a variety of genres: they can be found on, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and in numerous print magazines and anthologies. Her website is at




Spring has arrived in full force in Seattle, and at Clarion West we’re getting ready for the Six-Week Workshop, the Summer Reading Series, and the Write-a-thon. We have a busy and wonderful season ahead! If you’re local to Seattle, please join us for the Summer Reading Series on Tuesday evenings during the Workshop. The last reading, by our Petrey fellow Cory Doctorow, is a special event that we hope everyone makes time to attend.

The Clarion West Write-a-thon signups are open! This is our yearly fundraiser, and you’re invited to join us. You don’t need to be an alumnus of the workshop to participate. Whatever your writing goals are this summer, the Write-a-thon can help you get there—and you can help keep Clarion West strong now and into the future.

We still have spaces left in our last One-Day Workshop of the spring: Paul Park’s workshop on Point of View. Paul Park is a wonderful instructor, and we’re so pleased to have him teach for us. Join us on May 24 for what’s sure to be an inspiring workshop.


Ann Leckie (CW ’05) has been nominated for a Hugo Award for her novel Ancillary Sword. Congratulations, Ann!


Publication News

Alison Wilgus (CW ’14) has had two pieces published recently. Her story “Noise Pollution” appeared on Strange Horizons both as text and as a podcast read by Anaea Lay. She has also had a story called “The Last Wild Place” reprinted in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination—a story that she credits with putting her on the road to Clarion West.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has had two stories appear recently: “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” at, and “Ishq” reprinted in Nightmare Magazine. Both have had several favorable reviews appear since their publication.

Flavorwire published a wonderful review of Robert Guffey’s (CW ’96) new book Chameleo. Visit the site for the review and an excerpt from the book.

Indrapramit Das’s (CW ’12) story “Weep for Day,” first published in Asimov’s and anthologized in several year’s best collections, is now available in its entirety online, in this month’s issue of Clarkesworld Magazine.

Kelly Sandoval (CW ’13) had a story appear in April in Escape Pod: “In Another Life.”


Alumni Updates

From Karen Allendoerfer (CW ’87):
For the past two years I have been working in the field of science education for middle-school-age students. I teach molecular biology and neuroscience to gifted and talented students and homeschoolers at an educational start-up, and I also work with an organization that brings scientists into public schools to provide hands-on science curriculum and enrichment. This work has gotten me very interested in the role of science fiction in engaging young people in science. I’ve been editing and revising a novel called Hallie’s Cache that I first wrote during 2012’s NaNoWriMo that takes place in the year 2074 with a young adult protagonist.

I have also discovered the activity of geocaching, with my husband who recently found his 10,000th geocache. Geocaching is a “high-tech treasure hunt” like letterboxing but using a GPS. I go along with my husband for the ride, and am finding that it is fun to write and blog about it, even if I’m not as hard-core as he is about finding every cache in a given area, and have found only about 1/10th as many caches as he has. On the occasion of my 1000th cache find, I started a regular blog ( and recently had a short story about geocaching accepted to an anthology called “Geocaching GPS,” coming out in May 2015 at Geowoodstock (an international geocaching get-together). This is my first publication that isn’t a scientific paper!


Alumni Interview

Interview with Henry Lien, Class of 2012

AN: What are you working on now?
HL: I am done with short fiction for the next five years or so. I sold all the short stories that I wrote at Clarion West in 2012 and I will be concentrating exclusively on novels for the foreseeable future. I am finishing up revisions under the supervision of an agent on my novel The Taming of the Pearl. It is a YA Asian fantasy about a sport I imagined called Wu Liu, which is essentially kung-fu on figure skates. It’s the first of a trilogy. I wrote two precursor novelettes in this world at Clarion West, “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters” (written for Chuck Palahniuk, published in Asimov’s in December 2013, and nominated for a Nebula) and “The Great Leap of Shin” (written for George R.R. Martin, published in Analog in January 2015). The first few chapters of the novel constituted my Clarion West application writing sample. A couple of my Clarion West classmates described it as “Harry Potter Meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and that is pretty apt.

AN: Tell us something we don’t know. (Could be personal or could be something about SF, technology, science, or anything else)
HL: I devised a logical, working system to continue communicating with my former partner after he died of cancer; I wrote about it as my Clarion West personal essay; I turned the essay into a story at Clarion West; and Sofia Samatar bought it for Interfictions.

AN: What’s your favorite part of writing? Least favorite?
HL: I squirm a bit to say this, but my favorite part of writing is reading my own stories once they’re written. I try to write only stories that I have been wanting to read my whole life but have never been able to find. So for me, on a scale of 1 – 10, getting a story published is like a 3 – 4. Getting a story nominated for a major award is like a 4 – 5. Having a reader really respond to my work is like a 5 – 6, and it’s got a bit more lasting nutritional content. But writing a story that I have been trying to find my whole life, that’s a 9 – 10. It’s liberating because I know that even if I release a story into the world and the world says, “Eeew,” I still get to read something I’ve been dying to read.

AN: What’s your creative process like?
HL: I seal myself in a cocoon spun from my own saliva and the Songs of Dolphins and emerge with my naked body covered in a complex birthmark that forms the words of the story. Also, I use a combination of the “architect” and “gardener” approaches to writing that George R.R. Martin talked about. “Architect” type writers plan everything out. “Gardener” type writers let things grow organically. I take a hybrid approach. I do a lot of research and outlining, which constitute the architecture portion of the process. Then I put away all the notes and begin to write while referring to the notes as little as possible. I make up certain aspects of the worldbuilding as I write, relying mostly on sound to produce an image to sketch in the worldbuilding. And I let loose with voice in this stage, which is one of my favorite parts of writing. So that’s the gardening portion of my process.

AN: What one piece of advice would you give to the members of the incoming Clarion West class?
HL: I’ve got three pieces of advice.

  1. If you think you’re going to do a piece at Clarion West that involves research (and I personally would urge you to consider doing at least one piece that requires research), do as much of your research ahead of time as possible. You won’t have time to write, critique, bond, drink, sleep, and research while at Clarion West. Only one of these things can be pre-accomplished.
  2. I would challenge students to try as hard as they can to choose concepts for stories that only they could have written. Be mercilessly selective in deciding what story you choose to write. Ask yourself hard questions like, “Does the world really need another story about [insert popular magical creature or scientific theory or genre trope]? What am I adding to make this worth my time and my reader’s time?” And be constantly brainstorming in the months ramping up to Clarion West so that you will have options if you find that examining your story idea in this light makes it collapse into a pile of ashes.
  3. You should expect there to be a significant risk of Clarion West changing you profoundly. Re-entering civilian life afterwards, especially if you have a partner or spouse, can be difficult after such a life-changing experience. Thus, it’s best to break up with them beforehand. Just kidding. Sorta.


The Alumni News, April 2015Spring has finally made its way to Seattle, and at Clarion West we’re busy getting ready for the Six-Week Workshop. This year’s class has been announced, with students hailing from all across the United States and all over the world. We’re looking forward to meeting the class of 2015 and welcoming them into our community.

If you would like to help support the workshop this summer, we will once again be running the Clarion West Write-a-thon concurrently with the Six-Week Workshop. The Write-a-thon is our yearly fundraiser that helps us keep Clarion West strong now and into the future. More information will be available in the coming months.

We have a few more One-Day Workshops left this spring: Muse Management and Production in the Story Factory with Ken Scholes on April 19; Flash Fiction with Cat Rambo on May 3; and the newly announced Point of View workshop with Paul Park on May 24. Join us in Seattle’s University District for these workshops—they promise to be excellent!

We have a new feature in this edition of the Alumni News: an interview with one of our alumni, Tina Connolly. You can find the interview below, and be on the lookout for more interviews in coming months.

As always, Clarion West wants to hear from you. You can send your news, both professional and personal, to


The Seventh Week

The Seventh Week, Clarion West’s newsletter, is now available to download from our site. In this issue, you’ll find:

  • an interview with writer Cat Rambo
  • an update on the 6-Week Workshop from Workshop Administrator Neile Graham and Workshop Administrator Huw Evans
  • an introduction from the new chair of the Clarion West board, Vicki Saunders
  • a guide to convention-going from writer Cynthia Ward

Find this edition as well as our archives on the Seventh Week page.


Community Announcements

On May 20th, join MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest for a deep exploration of the fascinating intersection between science fiction and reality.

The evening begins with a fireside chat featuring Jason Pontin, publisher of MIT Technology Review’s special science fiction edition, Twelve Tomorrows. Along with award-winning authors and visionaries Greg Bear and Nancy Kress, Jason will explore science fiction’s awe-inspiring vision of the future and its impact on reality. Following will be a brief talk from prominent University of Washington scientist, Paul Yager, who credits science fiction with influencing his work. The evening will conclude with a presentation by Microsoft’s Chief Research Office, Rick Rashid, about executing the vision and turning science fiction into reality.



Craig L. Gidney’s (CW ’96) book, Skin Deep Magic, is a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards in the SF/Horror/Fantasy category. Congratulations!


Publication News

Fabio Fernandes (CW ’13) has had his story “Eleven Stations” accepted for publication in the tribute anthology “Stories for Chip,” edited by Bill Campbell and Nisi Shaw (CW ’92), due for July.

N. Lee Wood (CW ‘85) has a short story called “Scapegoats” in Ellen Datlow’s Nightmare Carnival anthology, which has been getting good reviews. Lee is currently teaching undergraduate level Creative Writing at the University of Massey in New Zealand while working on her PhD in Creative Writing from the same university, as well as writing a historical novel.

Julie Steinbacher (CW ‘14) had a story come out in Escape Pod’s Artemis Rising special in February, called “Chimeras.”

Waking Up Naked in Strange Places cover by Julie McGalliardJulie McGalliard’s (CW ’06) first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, will be published by Per Aspera in April 2015.

David Herter’s (CW ‘90) short story “Islands Off the Coast of Capitola, 1978,” will appear at in July. He’s completing Fiery Angels, sequel to Cold Heavens, currently making the rounds via agent Matt Bialer. He’s also writing a fantasy/horror novella set deep in Seattle’s history, called “Standard Records & Hi Fi.”

Alyc Helms (CW ’12) has a story out now in Beneath Ceaseless Skies called “A Screech of Gulls.” It appears both as text and a podcast, and can be read and listened to at the Beneath Ceaseless Skies site.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published an interview with Henry Lien (CW ’12) discussing “Bilingual,” his story in the March/April issue. He discusses how something that happened on the plane ride up to Clarion West made him write this story; the complexities of writing a story in tweets; how dolphins see with their teeth; why a middle-aged gay man with a receding hairline felt compelled to channel a teenage girl; how his friends offered their baby to be raised with dolphins; and how the ghost of his dead partner compelled him to write this story.

Aetheria, by S. Hutson BlountS. Hutson Blount (CW ’05) has a new book out called Aetheria. “Aetheria Peregrine set out for a career as a merchant spacer—a career cut short in a whirlwind of events. Caught up in the tumult of planetary empires set against each other, she must by turns become a pirate, doctor, ice miner, drug dealer, vagabond, mystic, spy, secret policewoman, pilgrim, fugitive, heiress, scholar, and diplomat.”

Shannon Peavey’s (CW ’13) thought-birds story “A Beautiful Memory” is out at Apex Magazine. “On Thursday, a windsor-knotted businessman paid Anna three times her normal asking price for a quartet of thought-birds. She normally sold two at a time because their growth was so slow. But he insisted. A bird of each flavor: contentment, melancholy, joy, fury.”

Marlee Jane Ward (CW ‘14) will have her story “Clara’s” published in the anthology Hear Me Roar in June.

Robert Guffey (CW ’96) has a new book out called Chamelo. “A mesmerizing mix of Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, and Philip K. Dick, Chameleo is a true account of what happened in a seedy Southern California town when an enthusiastic and unrepentant heroin addict named Dion Fuller sheltered a U.S. Marine who’d stolen night vision goggles and perhaps a few top secret files from a nearby military base.”

Rhiannon Rasmussen (CW ’14) has a story out in Sockdolager called “Charge! Love Heart!.”


Interview with Tina Connolly (CW ’06)

Portrait of Tina ConnollyAN: What are you working on now?
TC: So, my first YA book, Seriously Wicked (a lighthearted book about a high school girl who lives with a seriously wicked witch) is coming out May 5th from Tor Teen. (It has been SO MUCH FUN to do.) Anyway, I’m working on the sequel to that now. The witch always has crazy schemes to take over the world, so it’s been fun plotting out her next set of evil plans.

AN: What superpower would you most like to have?
TC: I would pick flying. Also maybe invisibility, because I don’t want a lot of people pointing at me while I’m flying.

AN: What’s your favorite part of writing? Least favorite?
TC: My least favorite part of writing is getting started on the blank page. Conversely, my most favorite part is revising. I love fiddling at a sentence level, and I even love restructuring and moving big pieces around (even when I’m sure that THIS time, it’s not going to work.) There’s a whole swath in between those two extremes that’s totally fine where I at least have something to work with. But when there’s nooooottthing at all…ugh.

AN: What do you do when you need inspiration?
TC: Take a walk. I do all my best plotting while pushing the baby toddler to the library and back.

AN: What one piece of advice would you give to the members of the incoming Clarion West class?
TC: Know your physical limits and make peace with them. You literally cannot go on every outing, be at every conversation. Sometimes you just need to sleep.

Tina Connolly is the Nebula-nominated author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books. Her next book, Seriously Wicked, comes out May 5th from Tor Teen. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed,, Strange Horizons, and more. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Pseudopod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and more. She runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.



Carol Severance (CW ’84) passed away on February 19th, 2015. She was the author of The Island Warrior trilogy and the Compton Crook Award winning Reefsong. She did anthropological fieldwork in the remote coral atolls of Micronesia and eventually settled in Hawaii. She is survived by husband Craig, daughter Linina Pfeffer, son Maui, brothers Dick and Alex Wilcox, sister Mary Gibbons and two grandchildren.



Alumni News, March 2015

This is one of those times of year where things only appear quiet here at Clarion West. Like ducks, our feet are furiously paddling under the surface: working on selecting the Class of 2015, putting on One-Day Workshops and an upcoming special event, and putting together the Summer Reading Series and the annual Write-a-thon.

We have a few more Spring One-Day Workshops coming up: an encore of the sold-out Muse Management and Production in the Story Factory workshop with Ken Scholes on April 19, Flash Fiction with Cat Rambo on May 3, and the newly announced Point of View workshop with Paul Park on May 24. Space is limited, so if you want to sign up, now’s the time!

Awards and Nominations

The Nebula Award nominations have been released. Congratulations to all of the nominees, and especially these Clarion West alumni:

  • Ann Leckie (CW ’05), nominated for Best Novel for Ancillary Sword
  • Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05), nominated for Best Novella for “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)”
  • Usman T. Malik (CW ’13), nominated for Best Short Story for “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family”

The Horror Writers Association has announced the final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. Congratulations to Usman T. Malik (CW ’13), nominated in the Short Fiction category for “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” and to Helen Marshall (CW ’12), nominated in the Fiction Collection category for Gifts for the One Who Comes After.

Ian McHugh (CW ’06) has been nominated for the Aurealis Award in the Best Collection category for his book Angel Dust.


“Bilingual,” by Henry Lien (CW ‘15), appears in the March/April 2015 issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. The story is about a teenage girl who figures out a way to save the dolphins in Taiji, Japan from being slaughtered by the thousands every year, by teaching them a meme to spread and warn each other with. It is told in the format of a Twitter feed. This was Henry’s week five Clarion West story, workshopped under Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. The story was inspired by Henry’s viewing of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” on the plane up to Clarion West in 2012. After seeing the documentary, he resolved to write something during the coming six weeks that would help be a voice for the dolphins.

SF Signal featured an article on the women of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s (CW ’73) Liaden Universe in February.

J. Y. Yang’s (CW ’13) story “Tiger Baby” was reviewed at in February.

Curtis C Chen (CW ‘14) has had his story “It’s Machine Code” published in Unlikely Story #11: The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography.

Lambda Literary interviewed Craig Gidney (CW ’96) about his new book and diversity in the speculative fiction field.

Alisa Alering (CW ‘11) has had her story “The Island of White Houses” appear on Drabblecast. The story was originally published in Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt’s Flytrap #11.

Rich Larson’s (CW ‘14) has several new stories out: “Meshed” in Clarkesworld, “The Sky Didn’t Load Today” in Daily Science Fiction, and “The King in the Cathedral” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Julie Steinbacher’s (CW ’14) story “Inter-Exo” appears in Terraform. (Please note that the link contains nudity.)

Indra Das (CW ’12) has his story “The Supplicant” in Blink.


Curtis C. Chen and his wife at AreciboCurtis C. Chen recently visited the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico with his wife DeeAnn—that’s the telescope in the background of the picture. (And it looks lovely and warm there!)






Alumni News, February 2015

The weather might be cold and damp, but here at Clarion West our hearts are warm and our hands are busy—application season is in full swing! Applications for the 2015 Summer Six-Week Workshop close on March 1. If you’re planning on applying but have been procrastinating, now’s the moment to get in and apply.

Also, check out our upcoming One-Day Workshops with J.M. Sidorova, L. Timmel Duchamp, Ken Scholes, and Cat Rambo. These one-day intensives are a great way to prepare for your writing year.

Alumni, be sure to send your news—both personal and professional—to for the monthly news. We all want to hear from you!


New Ventures

Alex Bear (CW ’11) started a freelance copyediting business at Constellation Editing. She comes highly recommended by various authors in the field, and is happy to offer a discount to any Clarion West graduate.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has also started a blog to address the dearth of speculative fiction event news in the Pacific Northwest, called Supernatural Seattle. If you’re a Pacific Northwest author, editor, publisher, or publicist who’d like a login in order to post events and articles, drop her a line—contact information is on the site.

Alex Kane (CW ’13) recently accepted the role of Managing Editor at film-criticism publisher The Critical Press.



Helen Marshall (CW ’12) and Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) are on the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award.

Nisi Shawl’s (CW ’92) article “Reviewing the Other” was chosen as the top pick for articles in the Strange Horizons Readers Poll.

Maura McHugh (CW ’06) was chosen as the Best Irish Writer in the 2014 Arcade Awards.



Cat Rambo’s (CW ’05) debut novel, Beasts of Tabat, will be published in late March from Wordfire Press and will be launched at Emerald City Comicon. Later this year, a second two-sided collection titled Neither Here Nor There will be published by fellow CW alumni Tod McCoy’s (CW ’10) publishing house, Hydra House.

Cat’s forthcoming stories in 2015 so far include “Primaflora’s Journey” and “Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and “Bit Player” and “You Have Always Lived in the Castle” in Daily Science Fiction. Her 2015 anthology appearances include “Tongues of Moon Toad” (The Bestiary Anthology), “The Subtler Art” (Blackguards), “Marvelous Contrivances of the Heart” (Fiction River: Recycled Pulp), “The Threadbare Magician” (Genius Loci), and “The Ghost-Eater” (XIII). Her convention appearances this year include ICFA, Emerald City ComicCon, Norwescon, Griffcon, GenCon, WorldCon, and the Baltimore Book Festival. Visit her site for more details.

Robert Freeman Wexler’s (CW ’97) story “Darkness, and Darkness” has accepted by Postscripts and will be published later in 2015.

Sandra Odell (CW ’10) has had her story “Curtain Call” published in Galaxy’s Edge.

Marlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) novella has been shortlisted in the Viva La Novella 3 contest. This novella was expanded from a Clarion West story workshopped under Kij Johnson.

The Washington Independent Review of Books interviewed Craig Gidney (CW ’96) about his new collection, Skin Deep Magic.

Lily Yu’s (CW ’13) story “The Pilgrim and the Angel”, first published in McSweeney’s and later reprinted in Jonathan Strahan’s Best SF & F of the Year, is now available for listening at Podcastle.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has had his story “Resurrection Points” selected for Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume 2, edited by Kathe Koja. The volume will be published by Undertow Publications/Chizine in October 2015.

Finn Fancy Necromancy cover artThe first three chapters of Randy Henderson’s (CW ’09) novel Finn Fancy Necromancy are available to read at, as well as a fun “interview” with the main character of the novel. Randy will also be appearing at venues across the Pacific Northwest to do readings and author events, including his book launch at the University Bookstore in Seattle on February 10 at 7 pm. For more information, see his schedule at his Web site.

Shannon Peavy’s (CW ’13) story “Animal Magnetism” was published in Urban Fantasy Magazine. The story was inspired by a bit of nineteenth-century pseudoscience—the pasilalinic-sympathetic compass—and was workshopped during her time at Clarion West.



Clarion West Alumni News, January 2015

At Clarion West, January means one thing—application season for the Summer Six-Week Workshop is in full swing! Our staff is busy working behind the scenes to make sure 2015 is a fantastic year for the Clarion West Workshop. Not only are we preparing for the Six-Week Workshop, but we also have some great One-Day Workshops coming up. L. Timmel Duchamp’s workshop on How to Read As a Writer is especially recommended if you want to develop your critiquing muscles.

Alumni, we want to hear all about your adventures in the new year! Send personal and publication news to Publications, new books, personal milestones—let your classmates and community know what you’re up to. We love pictures, too. Traveling somewhere in 2015? Take a picture of yourself holding a book you had a part in and send it in.

Community Announcements
Potlatch 24
February 6, 7, and 8, 2015 — Hotel Deca — Seattle, WA

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention with close ties to Clarion West. We feature a Clarion West Benefit Auction (with books, art, and unique hand-made items) on Saturday evening, as well as readings, a half-day Writers Workshop, and book sellers. All Clarion West alumni and friends are encouraged to attend.

Their single track of programming encourages lively discussion that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations—and people—in the science fiction community.

The 2015 Book of Honor is the June 2014 issue of Lightspeed magazine, the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue. The issue is available online, and special edition copies will also be on sale at a reduced price at the con.

Visit Potlatch’s website for registration details and contact information. Please register and reserve your room today!


Omenana, a new magazine that highlights fiction by authors from Africa and the African diaspora, launched in December. Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14) has an essay in this issue called “The Unbearable Solitude of Being an African Fan Girl” that is very much worth the read.

Shannon Fay (CW ’14) had her flash piece “M-STEM” published on T.Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog.

Great Leap of Shin illustration by Kurt HugginsHenry Lien’s (CW ’12) novelette “The Great Leap of Shin” is in the current issue of Analog, with an illustration by Kurt Huggins. This story was Henry’s Week 3 Clarion West story, workshopped under George R. R. Martin, and is set in the same world as his Nebula-nominated Week 6 Clarion West story that appeared in Asimov’s, “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters.”

Carol Ryles (CW ’08) has a story in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror: Volume 4 , edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene. “The Silence of Clockwork” originally appeared in the 2013 Conflux Convention Programme.

Marlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) piece “The Structure” came second in the 2014 Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction awards.

¿Cómo Se Dice?, illustrated by Romina PernigotteLawrence Schimel (CW ’91) has been busy with translations. He’s recently translated Aleíx Salò’s graphic novel Euronightmare for Penguin Random House. Words without Borders published his translation of an excerpt from Ricardo Chávez Castañeda’s The Book of Denial in their December special issue on international YA literature. He has also recently published a Spanish-language children’s book: ¿Cómo Se Dice?, illustrated by Romina Pernigotte, from Guatemalan publisher Amanuense. It’s a playful and fantasy-filled look at good manners and a love of reading.

Jenni Moody (CW ’11) had a story appear in Gingerbread House in December: “The Standing Part.”

Alison Wilgus (CW ’14) has a new story in the third Sockdolager anthology, You Gotta Wear Shades, edited by Paul Tuttle Starr. The theme of the anthology is “bright future problems”—the kinds of difficulties we might have in a post-scarcity world. “Authenticity Soup” is about a poorly-planned camping trip to Mars.

The National Film Board of Canada has green-lit the short stop-motion animated film based on Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) short story “Bone Mother.” It will be adapted and directed by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward of See Creature. Maura says, “‘Bone Mother’ was written during my stint at Clarion West, and I’m exceedingly grateful for all the support I received from my mentor that week, Ian R. MacLeod, and my classmates in 2006.”

E. Lily Yu’s (CW ’13) story “Local Stop on the Floating Train” appeared in Motherboard in December.

Helen Marshall (CW ’12) and Vince Haig (CW ’13) both have stories in Aickman’s Heirs, an anthology showcasing some of the best in dark fiction from Undertow Publishing. Vince also created the cover art for the anthology, which will be published in spring 2015.

“The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has been picked up by Jonathan Strahan for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol.9.

Nik Houser (CW ’12) has a story in the December issue of Lightspeed. “The Drawstring Detective” is about an old-timey tin toy who befriends a woman who’s lost her wedding ring.

Mark Pantoja’s (CW ’11) short story “Reset” has been produced as a radio drama by Wisconsin Public Radio. “Reset” is about a man who has his teenage daughter’s online presence rendered after her death so he can “talk” with her forever.

Steve Miller (CW ‘73) and Sharon Lee’s Guest of Honor Speech at Philcon can be read in its entirety at the Clan Korval website.




Clarion West Alumni News, Fall 2014

 December 2014

As we come to the close of the year, Clarion West would like to thank its many friends and supporters for all of your hard work and encouragement in 2014. Thank you, everyone! We are lucky to have such a strong community, both here in Seattle and around the world.

We’ve opened applications for the Six-Week Workshop. If you or a friend might be interested in the workshop, have them check out the Summer Workshop page for information about applications, costs, scholarships, and what the experience is like. The application fee is discounted by $20 for those who apply early.

Community Announcements

Potlatch 24
February 6, 7, and 8, 2015 — Hotel Deca — Seattle, WA

Come to Potlatch 24!

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention with close ties to Clarion West. We feature a Clarion West Benefit Auction (with books, art, and unique hand-made items) on Saturday evening, as well as readings, a half-day Writers Workshop, and book sellers. All Clarion West alumni and friends are encouraged to attend.

Their single track of programming encourages lively discussion that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations—and people—in the science fiction community.

The 2015 Book of Honor is the June 2014 issue of Lightspeed magazine, the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue. Take a look–it’s thought-provoking. The issue is available online, and special edition copies will also be on sale at a reduced price at the con.

Visit Potlatch’s website for registration details and contact information. Please register and reserve your room today!


Silence of Six coverSilence of Six by Eugene Myers (CW ’05) was published in November by Adaptive Books and can be purchased wherever fine books are sold.

Anne Toole (CW ’11) has several comics out right now. Crystal Cadets, contemporary superhero fare for girls, has its third issue coming out in December, just in time for the holidays. Her print comic, the 2014 Holiday edition of Grimm Fairy Tales from Zenescope, features Krampus and debuted on November 19th. Her free digital comic series, Dead Island, is a humorous look at a zombie apocalypse. It runs from November through January, and can be downloaded for free at

Alisa Alering’s (CW ‘11) story “The Night Farmers’ Museum” was chosen by judge Robert Coover as runner-up for the 2014 Italo Calvino Prize.

Corinne Duyvis holding her novel OtherboundCorinne Duyvis (CW ‘11’) has several recent and upcoming publications. Her pulpy 1950’s lesbian superhero novella “The Masks of Sigma City” was published in the Superpow anthology by the Red Penny Papers.  Her YA fantasy novel Otherbound, which was published by Amulet Books/ABRAMS in June, has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and BCCB, positive reviews from The Horn Book Magazine, Booklist, Strange Horizons, Locus Magazine, and SFX Magazine, and was blurbed by Margo Lanagan (CW’99). Corinne’s next novel, a YA sci-fi called On the Edge of Gone, also sold this year, again to Amulet Books/ABRAMS. On the Edge of Gone is about an autistic girl in 2035 Amsterdam who tries to keep her family together in the immediate aftermath of a devastating comet impact.

Alison Wilgus (CW ‘14) has a story called “King Tide” in Terraform, VICE’s new short SF market. “King Tide” is about a young woman’s evening walk through the flooded streets of a near-future Brooklyn, and was illustrated by Koren Shadmi.

Neile Graham (CW ’96) has a poem in Goblin Fruit called “Chant for Summer Darkness in Northwest Climes.”

Usman Tanveer Malik’s (CW ‘13) story “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” has been acquired for podcasting by The story will be featured as part of reviewer Mahvesh Murad’s newly launched Midnight in Karachi podcast and will run in January 2015.

Indrapramit Das (CW ’12) has a new short story, “A Moon for the Unborn,” published at Strange Horizons, in which a couple on Earth struggles to recover from a rather traumatic exoplanetary expedition.

Kelly Sandoval (CW ’13) has her story “The One They Took Before” out in the current issue of Shimmer. Her story will be online on December 16, but you can buy the issue right now at

Henry Lien (CW ‘12) was recently named Arts Editor of Interfictions and November’s issue also marks the launch of the new Arts Department. Henry recommends checking out the project “Aihportue,” an interactive, digital, online artwork that feeds into a real, room-sized installation in a home in Virginia that allows Interfictions readers to experiment on the inhabitants of the home.



November 2014

The Halloween decorations are being put away as the first of Seattle’s traditional autumn windstorms has industriously stripped the leaves from the cottonwoods and vine maples. Gore-Tex and flannel winter attire is being brought out of storage, and everything is pumpkin-flavored—even things that probably shouldn’t taste like pumpkin.

Clarion West is still hard at work on getting ready for application season. If you’re interested in applying for 2015 (or know a writer who might be), you can check out instructors, costs, and all sorts of other information on the Summer Workshop page. Applications open in December, and you can save $20 on the application fee by applying early.

If you’ve ever wondered if you might be able to write a tie-in novel, our One-Day Workshop “Tie-In Fiction: Why It’s Awesome and How to Do It” with Erik Scott de Bie on Sunday, December 7 can help you get started. Registration is still open for this six-hour intensive workshop.


Craig L. Gidney’s (CW ‘96) novel Bereft won a Bronze Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Congratulations!


Community Announcements

Potlatch 24
February 6, 7, and 8, 2015 — Hotel Deca — Seattle, WA

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention where readers and writers meet on common ground. Their format, with a single track of programming, brings everyone together in a lively discussion that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations — and people — in the science fiction community.

This year’s Book of Honor is the June 2014 issue of Lightspeed magazine, the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue.

Potlatch has a close connection to Clarion West. They feature a Clarion West Benefit Auction (with books, art, and unique hand-made items) on Saturday evening, as well as readings and a half-day Writers Workshop. Clarion West alumni and friends are encouraged to attend as many of you have in the past.

Visit their website for registration details and contact information.


Katrina S. Forest (CW ’09) had a story appear in September in Every Day Fiction, “In Line With a Prize.” Her story “The Poisoned City” will appear in the next issue of The Future Fire.

Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative WritingSeveral Clarion West alumni will appear in the reprint anthology Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, including Siobhan Carroll (CW ’09), Indrapramit Das (CW ’12), Neile Graham (CW ’96), and Jennifer Giesbrecht (CW ’13). Helen Marshall (CW ’12) is one of the editors on the volume.

Shannon Peavey (CW ’13) has a story up at Daily Science Fiction titled “At First Glance.”

David D. Levine (CW ‘00) has sold his “Regency Interplanetary Airship Adventure” novel Arabella of Mars to Tor in a three-book deal. The first volume will be published in late 2015 or early 2016, with two sequels to follow at yearly intervals. David says, “Getting to this point has been a real emotional rollercoaster, with many years of hard work, long waits, and near misses. Arabella of Mars, my first sale, is my fourth completed novel; I started outlining the first one at the beginning of 2003, so this moment is the culmination of more than ten years of effort. And yet, of course, this is also only the beginning of an equally long strange journey to publication and beyond. I have a lot to do in the next year, including soliciting blurbs, writing blog posts, assembling a street team, and scheduling readings and interviews, as well as shepherding the book through production, not to mention writing book 2 (which currently exists as a solid outline and 4000 words of text). It’s going to be a heck of a ride, and I plan to keep you informed along the way.” Congratulations, David!

Ancillary Sword by Ann LeckieAnn Leckie (CW ’05) has a sequel to her award-winning Ancillary Justice out now: Ancillary Sword.

M. Huw Evans (CW ’12 and Clarion West Workshop Administrator) has a story out in GigaNotoSaurus, titled “Nine Instances of Rain.”

Sandra Odell’s (CW ’10) flash piece “Exchanges, No Refunds” debuted in Daily Science Fiction in October.

Helena Bell’s (CW ’13) story “Lovecraft” appeared in the October issue of Clarkesworld.

Usman Malik’s (CW ’13) story “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” (first published in Qualia Nous) can now be read online. The story was reviewed favorably by several authors including Nathan Ballingrud and Ken Liu.

Alyc C. Helms (CW ’12) has just sold two books to Angry Robot Books. The Dragons of Heaven will be published in April 2015 with the sequel to follow a year later. Read the announcement and more details at the Angry Robots site.

Ship House,” an excerpt from Helen Marshall’s (CW ’12) collection, Gifts For The One Who Comes After, is up at Helen describes the story as “The Haunting of Hill House crossed with Rumpelstiltskin.”

Falling Sky by Rajan KhannaRajan Khanna’s (CW ‘08) first book, Falling Sky, came out in October from Pyr. Publisher’s Weekly called it a “solid and memorable debut” while Library Journal gave it a starred review and named it Debut of the Month.

Gord Sellar (CW ‘06) and Emily Skaftun (CW ’09) both have novelettes in the October/November 2014 issue of Asimov’s, on sale now.

Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14) is starting a new monthly speculative fiction e-zine called Omenana, focusing on fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora. Submissions are now open.


Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) is participating in the SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series on Tuesday, November 11 in Kirkland, WA and Wednesday, November 12 in Portland, OR. The other featured authors are Django Wexler and Daniel H. Wilson. For more details, please see the SFWA site.



October 2014

October is a fine month to be in Seattle—if you like rain, that is! Clarion West is busy getting ready for application season for the 2015 Six-Week Workshop, as well as preparing for more One-Day Workshops. There are still spaces left in the Tie-In Fiction: Why It’s Awesome and How to Do It One-Day Workshop with Erik Scott de Bie. If you’ve ever dreamed about creating media tie-ins, please join us.

If you or someone you know would like to apply for the Clarion West Six-Week Workshop, we have information about applications, materials, and costs on our Six-Week Workshop page. Applications open in December, and you’ll save $20 by applying before February 11, 2015. If you’re an alumnus who knows writers who might benefit from the workshop, help spread the word.

Clarion West is also holding a benefit on Saturday, November 22: the Greg Bear Library Tour. Join us for an evening of books, art, and conversation at Greg and Astrid Bear’s home in Lynnwood, WA. Learn more about this special event.

Community Announcements

Potlatch 24
February 6, 7, and 8, 2015 — Hotel Deca — Seattle, WA

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention where readers and writers meet on common ground. Their format, with a single track of programming, brings everyone together in a lively discussion that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations — and people — in the science fiction community.

This year’s Book of Honor is the June 2014 issue of Lightspeed magazine, the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue.

Potlatch has a close connection to Clarion West. They feature a Clarion West Benefit Auction (with books, art, and unique hand-made items) on Saturday evening, as well as readings and a half-day Writers Workshop. Clarion West alumni and friends are encouraged to attend as many of you have in the past.

Visit their website for registration details and contact information.



silverblind-coverTina Connolly’s (CW ’06) novel Silverblind, the third book in a series, releases on October 7 in hardcover, published by Tor. The second book in the series, Copperhead, was released in paperback in September.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has had her story “The Moon and the Mouse” published in Daily Science Fiction.

Alyc Helms (CW ’12) has just sold her story “A Screech of Gulls” to Beneath Ceaseless Skies. The story is set in the opulent Venetian-inspired world of her epic fantasy novel Chiaroscuro.

Urban Fantasy Magazine, a new site that will be featuring two stories a month as well as articles and reviews, has been launched and is looking for submissions. Jordan Ellinger (CW ’09) and Emily Skaftun (CW ’09) are the editors, and Cat Rambo (CW ’05) is the reviews editor. There are many other Clarion West alumni on the staff. Submissions are open—go forth and submit!

David Levine (CW ’00) has been very busy. His steampunk romantic fantasy novelette “Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance,” appears in the anthology The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Five. His story “Goat Eyes” was published in Black Static #42, his post-robot-holocaust story “Mammals” sold to Analog, and his story “Malf” sold to the anthology Mission: Tomorrow. His space opera “Damage” was sold to, forthcoming in 2015.


Greg Cox’s (CW ’84) novelization of the new Godzilla movie reached #18 on the New York Times bestseller list. His new Star Trek novel, Star Trek: The Original Series – Foul Deeds Will Rise, will be released in November.

In September, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (CW ‘73) turned in The Dragon in Exile, the 18th Liaden Universe novel. Their editor is promising a June 2, 2015 release date and their Simon & Schuster publicist is promising a book tour. Sharon and Steve have written 67 joint fiction pieces ranging from novels to short stories—22 novels so far, along with 45 shorter works and seven collections (not including overseas editions and translations). In November, they’ll be Principal Speakers at PhilCon. Next year, Steve expects to be back in Seattle for a short book tour as part of a planned trip to SasQuan.

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) has had two stories published: “Zugzwang” was published at Daily Science Fiction and his story “Ten Days Up” was selected for upcoming Baen Books anthology Mission: Tomorrow.

Gifts for the One who Comes After coverHelen Marshall’s (CW ’12) second collection of short stories, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, has been published by ChiZine. Her story “Supply Limited, Act Now” from the collection is available for free at SF Signal.

Henry Lien (CW ‘12) has sold his short story “Bilingual” to Fantasy & Science Fiction, guest edited by C.C. Finlay, to be published in 2015. The story is about a teenage girl who figures out a way to save the dolphins in Taiji, Japan from being slaughtered in the thousands every year by teaching the dolphins a meme to spread and warn each other with. The story was inspired by Henry’s watching the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” on the plane up to Clarion West in 2012. After seeing the documentary, he resolved to write something during the coming six weeks that would help make a difference and help be the voice for the dolphins.

Kris Millering’s (CW ’09) story “Coins for their Eyes,” about ghost dolls and psychopomps, will appear in Apex in October.

Silence of Six coverEugene Myer’s (CW ’05) novel Silence of Six, a thriller about teenage hackers and a government conspiracy, will be published in November. He has also had two stories published recently: “Lost in Natalie” in Space and Time (co-written with Mercurio D. Rivera), and “Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell” in the anthology Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (Twelfth Planet Press).

JY Yang (CW ’13) has a story in Clarkesworld titled “Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points.”

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has a story titled “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” in the anthology Qualia Nous. His novella “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” has been acquired by Ellen Datlow for

Craig Gidney (CW ’96) has a new collection out now called Skin Deep Magic. Chelsea Station Magazine has reprinted a story from the collection, “Conjuring Shadows.”

Indrapramit Das (CW ‘12) has sold his story “The Muses of Shuyedan-18” to Asimov’s. He has also sold his story “The Moon of the Unborn” to Strange Horizons.

Sarah Brooks (CW ’12) has her story “The Great Detective” published at Strange Horizons.


Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14), Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (CW ’14), and Folly Blaine (CW ’14) will be at StoryCon in Vancouver, WA on October 18.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ‘13) will be reading with Jeff Vandermeer at Burrow Press’ literary reading series in Orlando on Nov 15.



September 2014

There’s a nip in the air this early September morning here in Seattle. The leaves are just starting to turn, seasonal lattes are back at local coffee shops, and there are little wispy clouds clinging to the treetops on the mountains. Clarion West is starting to get geared up for application season and more One Day Workshops. If you’re an alumnus who knows a talented writer or two who might want to apply for the six Week Workshop, let them know that applications will be open before they know it! More information will be available on this site later this month.

The final numbers are in for the Clarion West Write-a-thon: 263 participants, 338 sponsors, and $22,000 raised to support the Clarion West Writers Workshop. If you wrote or donated, thank you so much! Your ongoing support makes the workshop possible.

We have some fun reading for you this month, so let’s get to it.

Ann Leckie (CW ’05) won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for Ancillary Justice, completing a sweep of almost every major award in the genre.

Kameron Hurley (CW ’00) won two Hugo Awards: Best Fan Writer, and Best Related Work for We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative.

Congratulations to both!

Michael Matheson (CW ‘14) has a story called “Jenny of the Long Gauge” in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s anthology Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse. His poem “Zhezhi” will be published in Ursula Pflug’s charity anthology They Have to Take You In, and he has sold a long poem, “No Fixed Points in Space,” to Stone Telling.

Darja Malcolm-Clarke (CW ’04) has a science fiction story called “A Fairy Tale Life” in the most recent issue of The Dark Magazine.

Shannon Peavy’s (CW ’13) chilling story “Good Kids” is up at Daily Science Fiction.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has a story called “Resurrection Points” up at Strange Horizons. His story “Blood Women” has also been podcasted at Pseudopod, narrated by award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed.

Eden Robins (CW ’08) had a story published in June at Apex Magazine called “Cape to Cairo”. She talks about this story and where it came from, Clarion West, and writing in an interview in the same issue.

Folly Blaine (CW ’14) has had her story “The Truth About Woodpeckers” podcasted by Toasted Cake.

Helena Bell (CW ’13) has created a bibliography tracking all of the publications of the class of 2013. In all, the class has accumulated over 40 publications and multiple awards and nominations.

Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) read from her work at Antioch College on September 2.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has a Patreon: Patreon is a site where fans can pledge a small amount of money per month to support the work of their favorite creators.



Clarion West Alumni News, August 2014

The long, lazy days of summer are finally here, but Clarion West is busy with preparations for the fall and winter One-Day Workshops, as well as getting ready for next year’s Six-Week Workshop. Our newest alumni have returned home and are taking up their lives once again.

Just as a reminder, the Write-a-thon is still open for sponsorships as of this writing—your sponsorship helps keep the community and the workshop strong.

The Seattle Weekly recently featured Clarion West in an article. Thank you to Neile Graham and Caroline Bobanick for their contributions to this piece.

If you sent us news and it’s not featured here, we may not have received it due to technical problems with the form on this page. For the moment, send any news to Thank you!

Leslie Howle, our distinguished Workshop Director emeritus, has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her years of work with the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Congratulations, Leslie—it’s well deserved!

The finalists for the 2014 Parsec Awards have been announced. Among the finalists are Tina Connolly (CW ’06) who is up for the “Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast” award for her podcast Toasted Cake, and Benjamin Rosenbaum (CW ’01) who is a finalist for the “Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)” award for his story “Night Waking”.

birthdayproblem_gussoff_smallThe Birthday Problem, by Caren Gussoff (CW ’08) is available now wherever awesome books are sold.The Birthday Problem is a post-apocalyptic SF novel about nanotech and survival.

The latest issue of Three-Lobed Burning Eye features stories from Lauren Dixon (CW ’10) and Cat Rambo (CW ’05).

Henry Lien (CW ‘12) has recently sold two stories: “The Ladies’ Underwater Gardening Society” to Asimov’s, and “The Shadow You Cast Is Me” to Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Jenni Moody’s (CW ’11) story “Sister Winter” was published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Colored Lens.

The second issue of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, co-written by Maura McHugh (CW ’06) and Kim Newman, is out now from Dark Horse Press.

Lucy Seaman (CW ’68, CW ’72) passed quietly away on July 25, 2014, after a long fight with ovarian cancer.

Her friend Lin Nielsen Cochran writes:

“I first met Lucy at the original Clarion Writers Workshop in Clarion, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1968. She was a writer—I was a high school student attending a summer program in archaeology. For me, Lucy opened the door to science fiction fandom, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and a whole world of writing. She also introduced me to Vonda N. McIntyre, which led to my first attending Clarion West in ’71. Lucy and I did Clarion West together in ’72.

“After Clarion, Lucy had a brief career writing for TV shows like Mission Impossible and The High Chaparral. She also worked on the ground crew for the Goodyear blimp, which led to her writing a Harlequin romance about blimpers titled Love Lighter Than Air. Lucy was an artist, an adventurer and a larger-than-life presence who will be missed by everyone who knew her.”

Margot Adler (CW ’73) passed away on July 28, 2014. Margot had a long and storied career as an NPR journalist and commentator, novelist, and well-respected writer on Pagan religions. Adler joined NPR in 1979 as a general assignment reporter and was a regular voice on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She was also co-producer of an award-winning radio drama, War Day.

Her book Drawing Down the Moon is considered a watershed work among the Pagan community.

She is survived by her son, Alex Dylan Gliedman-Adler.


Alumni News July 2014

This is a busy time of year in the speculative fiction world — the Six-Week Workshop and the Write-a-thon are both underway, the Clarion West Summer Reading Series is happening every Tuesday evening, awards are being announced, and here in Seattle residents are attempting to cram a year’s worth of outdoor time into our three months of reliably good weather.

This month, there’s a lot of publication news, awards, and a reminder about the Write-a-thon and upcoming events.


Ann Leckie (CW ’05) won the Locus Award for Best First Novel for her book Ancillary Justice. She was also profiled in an article for the St. Louis Riverfront Times.

James S.A. Corey (half of whom is Daniel Abraham, CW ’98) won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for Abaddon’s Gate.

Congratulations, Ann and Daniel!


The first issue of “Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland”, co-written by Maura McHugh (CW ’06) and Kim Newman, is now available as a digital comic and in comic shops everywhere.

J. Y. Yang’s (CW ’13) story “HarvestFruit” has been published at Crossed Genres. Yang has also had “Storytelling for the Night Clerk” published at Strange Horizons.

Alex Kane’s (CW ‘13) story “The Vines of Cvancara” has been published at the new online edition of OMNI. This was Alex’s Week One story for Clarion West.

Nik Houser (CW ‘12) has recently sold his stories “The Drawstring Detective” and “History’s Best Places to Kiss” to Lightspeed and F&SF, respectively.

Helena Bell (CW ’13) has a story called “The Things They Were Not Allowed to Carry” out in Daily Science Fiction.

The table of contents of the anthology Upgraded has been announced, and includes stories by Helena Bell (CW ’13), E. Lily Yu (CW ’13), and Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05).

Corinne Duyvis (CW ’11) has just had her novel Otherbound published by Abrams Books.

James Robert Herndon’s (CW ’12) story “Mammals” has been published as a chapbook by Omnidawn. Jeff VanderMeer selected it as the winner of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize, and James worked with artist Hermawan Susanto on the memorable cover art.

Ari Goelman’s (CW ’01) novel The Path of Names has been shortlisted for the young adult category of the Sunburst Award for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic.

Mary Anne Mohanraj (CW ’97) has a story titled “Communion” in Clarkesworld.

Michael R. Underwood’s (CW ’07) superhero fantasy novel Shield and Crocus was published in June by 27North.

J. M. Sidorova (CW ’09) has a story titled “Rohrschach Redemption” in Devilfish Review.


David Edison (CW ’13) was interviewed on the Skiffy and Fanty podcast about his novel The Waking Engine. The podcast is free to listen to here:

Clarion West Events

The Write-a-thon is in full swing! Sponsoring writers is the very best way to ensure that Clarion West is able to forge new voices in science fiction and fantasy for years to come. It’s quick and easy to sponsor a writer, and it means so much to the writers who are contributing their words to the Write-a-thon. If you’re a Write-a-thon writer, thank you so much! Check the participant page for news about upcoming events.

The Clarion West Summer Reading Series happens on Tuesday nights in Seattle. If you’re in town, please join us.

June 2014 Clarion West Alumni News

It’s June, and Clarion West is gearing up for the summer: workshop students are finalizing travel plans, readings are being planned, and the Write-a-thon is open for registration. This is a busy and exciting time of year for Clarion West, and for the speculative fiction world in general.

This month, we have awards news, a number of publications, and a wedding!

Featured This Month

Book of Lish” by Trent Walters (CW ’99)
Transported Abruptly to the Future” by Ellen Levy Finch (CW ’98)
Surviving the eBookalypse” by Randy Henderson (CW ’09)

Remember, if you have stories, essays, or poems online, we would love to feature them. Send email to with links and your class year.


The Nebulas were a smash this year! We have three Clarion West alumni among the winners.

Cover of Ancillary Justice by Ann LeckieAnn Leckie (CW ’05) won the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. She has also been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, and Campbell awards for Ancillary Justice.

Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05) has won the Nebula for Best Short Story for “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” (Apex, 3/13)

Vylar Kaftan (CW ’04) has won the Nebula for Best Novella for “The Weight of the Sunrise.”

Congratulations, everyone!


The Locus Award nominations have been announced, and there are several alumni among the honorees.

Best Science Fiction Novel
Abaddon’s Gate James S.A. Corey (half of whom is Daniel Abraham, CW ’98)

Best First Novel
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (CW ’05)

Best Novella
“Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan (CW ’94) and Ellen Klages

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalists have also been announced, including Vylar Kaftan (CW ’04) for “The Weight of the Sunrise” and E. Lily Yu (CW ’13) for “The Urashima Effect.”


Lightspeed Issue 49 June 2014Lightspeed’s “Women Destroy Science Fiction” special issue is out now, and includes a number of our alumni!

Kris Millering (CW ’09) has a short story and author spotlight, Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05) selected the reprints and has a personal essay, and Maria Romasco Moore (CW ’11) has a reprint. Tina Connolly (CW ’06) has a piece of flash fiction, as does Rhiannon Rasmussen (will be attending CW ’14). Tracie Welser (CW ’10) and Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) have pieces of nonfiction. Nancy Jane Moore (CW ’97), Kameron Hurley (CW ’00), Helena Bell (CW ’13), and Georgina Kamsika (CW ’12) all have personal essays. Sandra Odell (CW ’10) interviewed three of the authors for spotlights.

Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) short story “Bone Mother” has been optioned by the National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio to make a short stop-motion animated film. It will be adapted and directed by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward, and produced for the NFB by Jelena Popovic.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has recently had stories accepted for Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Genius Loci, Three-Lobed, Burning Eye, and Unidentified Funny Objects 3. She is also the incoming SFWA Vice President.

Stephanie Burgis (CW ’01) has a YA Victorian romance/fantasy story, “The Unladylike Education of Agatha Tremain,” in Inscription Magazine. Also, the third of her Kat, Incorrigible books, Stolen Magic, was published in paperback by Atheneum Books this spring.

Sonia Lyris  (CW ’92) has a short story called “Done” in Lore.

M. Huw Evans (CW ’12) has sold his story “Nine Instances of Rain” to GigaNotoSaurus.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (CW ’09) has a non-fiction essay in Strange Horizons called “Movements: Brown Woman at Work.”


Geetanjali Dighe (CW ’13) and Todd Vandemark (CW ’09) were recently married in San Antonio. Our warmest congratulations and wishes for your future happiness!

May 2014 Clarion West Alumni News

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, and award nominations are in the air. Clarion West is busy preparing for the intensive Six-Week Workshop. We hope you’ll join us and our instructors for the Summer Readings Series and participate in our annual Write-a-thon as a writer or supporter.

This month, we have a long and exciting list of alumni with award nominations and new publications. We’re also starting up a new monthly feature: links to stories and books by alumni that you may have missed. If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming edition of the alumni news, please send your links and the year you attended Clarion West to We’d love to hear from you!

Featured this month

Long Enough and Just So Long” by Cat Rambo (CW ’05)

Pinned and Wriggling on the Wall” by Usman T Malik (CW ’13)

The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard (instructor), available from your local independent bookseller.


Randy Henderson (CW ’09) has won the grand prize in the 30th annual Writers of the Future contest. You can read a transcript of his acceptance speech on his Web site.

Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston (CW ’12) has earned a Montana Book Award honor.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) was awarded the 2013 Written Backwards DRAWA Inspiration Award. “The DRAWA Inspiration recognizes an individual somewhat new to the craft, someone with emerging talent, a strong, literary powerhouse waiting to erupt; this is the person to watch closely.”

Ann Leckie (CW ’05) has won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Ancillary Justice.


Clarion West alumni have been nominated in a number of categories for both the Hugo and Nebula awards.

Nebula Award nominations

Best Novel
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (CW ’05) (Orbit US/Orbit UK)

Best Novella
“Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan (CW ’94) and Ellen Klages ( 10/2/2013)
“The Weight of the Sunrise,” Vylar Kaftan (CW ’04) (Asimov’s 2/2013)

Best Novelette
“Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters,” Henry Lien (CW ’12) (Asimov’s 12/2013)

Best Short Story
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05) (Apex 3/2013)

Hugo Award nominations

Best Novel
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (CW ’05) (Orbit US/Orbit UK)

Best Novella
“Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan (CW ’94) and Ellen Klages (, 10/2013)

Best Short Story
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky (Apex Magazine, 3/2013)

Best Related Work
We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative, Kameron Hurley (CW ’00) (A Dribble of Ink)


“Super-Earth Mother,” a novella by Guy Immega (CW ’06), appears in the anthology Extreme Planets, out now.

The essay “Fear and the Dauntless Girl” by Blythe Woolston (CW ‘12) appears in Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy.  Her new two-book contract includes MARTians, a novel that’s growing out of a story she wrote while at Clarion West.

Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) short story “Valerie” is part of the anthology La Femme, edited by Ian Whates, which will have its publication launch by NewCon Press at Eastercon in Glasgow, UK.

David Levine’s (CW ‘00) Hugo-winning short story “Tk’Tk’Tk” has been adapted into a short play, which was presented as part of an evening of short science fiction plays called “Brave New Sci-Fi” in April 2014. He has a novelette in the May/June issue of F&SF titled “The End of the Silk Road.” He has also just sold a short story, “Mammals,” to Analog.

Margot Adler (CW ’73) has a new book out now called Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side. You can see her talking about the book in a video on YouTube.

Alyx Dellamonica’s (CW ’95) story “The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti” has been published at

Eight Months Left” by Katrina S. Forest (CW ’09) has been published in Every Day Fiction.

The final issue of Superficial Flesh contains the work of several Clarion West alumni: Cassandra Rose Clarke (CW ’10), Cat Rambo (CW ’05), Caren Gussoff (CW ’08), and Lucas Johnson (CW ’09).

Neile Graham (CW ’96) has a poem in Strange Horizons called “The God of Lost Things.”

The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown” by Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06) was published in Drabblecast in April 2014.

The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane, has stories by four Clarion West alumni: Nisi Shawl (CW ’92), Alice Sola Kim (CW ’04), Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (CW ’09), and E. Lily Yu (CW ’13).

Analog has bought a novella by Henry Lien (CW ’12) called “The Great Leap of Shin.” It is set in the same world as his Nebula-nominated kung fu figure skating novelette, “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters.”

Jay O’Connell (CW ‘94) has had a number of stories appear in Asimov’s recently: “That Universe We Both Dreamed Of,” “Dignity,” and “Solomon’s Little Sister.” He has stories forthcoming in Asimov’s and F&SF this year.

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are expanding their Splinter Universe website to include fiction by other working writers.

Nisi Shawl (CW’92) has a nonfiction piece in Strange Horizons: “Reviewing the Other: Like Dancing about Architecture.”

Those Are Pearls That Were His Eyes” by Daniel Marcus (CW ’92) was published in Escape Pod in April.

Tracie Welser (CW ’10) has a story titled “A Doll is Not a Dumpling” in the March/April 2014 issue of Interzone. She wrote a non-fiction piece, “The Status Quo Cannot Hold,” for Women Destroy Science Fiction, which will be out in June.


Steve Miller (CW ‘73) and Sharon Lee will be Principal Speakers at Philcon 2014, the world’s oldest ongoing SF convention. Along with dozens of other well-known writers, artists, filkers, and fans, they’ll bring lots of literary fun to the outskirts of Philadelphia November 21 to 23, 2014.


Clarion West is saddened to note the passing of Lucius Shepard, a Clarion West instructor and the author of many short stories, novellas, and novels. He was a dear friend to many in our community, and he is missed. His series of essays on writing is available for free download from Electric Story.


April 2014 Clarion West Alumni News

Hello, and welcome to the inaugural edition of the online Clarion West Alumni News! We’ll be bringing you the freshest news from our many amazing alumni on a regular basis in the months to come. If you have news to share, please email or fill out the form – we’d love to hear from you!


  • Cat Rambo (CW05) will be editing a special issue of Lightspeed Magazine: the Women Destroy Fantasy issue.



  • “Cold, Cold War” by Ian McHugh (CW06) is a 2013 Aurealis Awards Finalist for best fantasy short story.


The Locus Magazine 2013 Recommended Reading List has many Clarion West graduates.

SF Novels:

  • Abaddon’s Gate, James S.A. Corey (half of which is Daniel Abraham (CW98))

Fantasy Novels:

  • The Tyrant’s Law, Daniel Abraham (CW98)

First Novels:

  • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (CW05)
  • The Age of Ice, J.M. Sidorova (CW09)
  • The Scroll of Years, Chris Willrich (CW88)


  • How the World Became Quiet, Rachel Swirsky (CW05)

Original Anthologies:

  • We See a Different Frontier, Fabio Fernandes (CW13) & Djibril al-Ayad, eds.


  • Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler; Rebecca J. Holden & Nisi Shawl (CW92), eds.


  • “Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan (CW92) & Ellen Klages
  • “The Weight of the Sunrise,” Vylar Kaftan (CW04)


  • “A Hole in the Ether,” Benjamin Crowell (CW07)
  • “We Three Kids,” Margo Lanagan (CW99)
  • “The Wreck of the Mars Adventure,” David D. Levine (CW00)
  • “The Canal Barge Magician’s Number Nine Daughter,” Ian McHugh (CW06)

Short Stories:

  • “Karina Who Kissed Spacetime,” Indrapramit Das (CW12)
  • “In Metal, In Bone,” An Owomoyela (CW08)
  • “Jack of Coins,” Christopher Rowe (CW96)
  • “What Lies at the Edge of a Petal is Love,” Rachel Swirsky (CW05)
  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky (CW05)
  • “Ilse, Who Saw Clearly,” E. Lily Yu (CW13)
  • “Loss, with Chalk Diagrams,” E. Lily Yu (CW13)