For each of the six weeks of its summer workshop, Clarion West presents an evening featuring that week’s instructor. Readings include selections from recently published books, unpublished stories, or novels-in-progress. The featured reader also answers questions about writing, teaching, editing, and other topics.

Join Clarion West in 2020 for programs on Tuesday evenings starting at 7:00 p.m. We have three separate reading venues this year, so please make extra sure you have the correct location.


June 23: Andy DuncanAndy Duncan

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA
98105

Photo credit:  Shaniya Johnson

Boisterous, humorous, fantastical, and fabulist, Andy Duncan’s fiction has been honored with a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and three World Fantasy Awards, the most recent for Wakulla Springs, a 2013 Tor.com novella co-written with Ellen Klages. His third collection, An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories, was published in 2018 by Small Beer Press. A South Carolina native and Clarion West graduate, he teaches writing in the Maryland mountains at Frostburg State University, which promoted him to full professor in 2019.

June 30: Eileen GunnEileen Gunn headshot

Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
1000 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Wry and brilliant, Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer, essayist, and editor, the author of two story collections: Stable Strategies and Others (Tachyon Publications, 2004) and Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014). Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. Gunn was the editor/publisher of the Infinite Matrix, an early and influential SF magazine on the Web, 2001-2008. She serves on the board of directors of the Locus Foundation, and served for 22 years on the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her website is at http://www.eileengunn.com/.

July 7: Tina Connolly and Caroline M. Yoachim

Caroline M. YoachimUniversity Book StoreTina Connolly
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA
98105

Tina Connolly (L) is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen, and the collection On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories from Fairwood Press. Bewitching, clever, delightful, original, and unexpected, Tina Connolly’s stories have appeared in F&SF, Tor.com, Uncanny, Analog, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Women Destroy SF and many more. Her stories and novels have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Norton, Locus, and World Fantasy awards.

Photo credit: Jenn Reese

Caroline M. Yoachim’s (R) imaginative stories are bittersweet and haunting. She is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Asimov’sFantasy & Science FictionUncannyBeneath Ceaseless SkiesClarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other places. She has been a finalist for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Locus, and multiple Nebula Awards, and her stories have been reprinted in multiple year’s best anthologies and translated into several languages. Yoachim’s debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out in 2016.

Photo credit: S.B. Divya

July 14: Nalo HopkinsonNalo Hopkinson

Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
1000 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Photo credit: David Findlay, 2017

Vibrant and edgy, rich and dazzling, deeply human and humane, Nalo Hopkinson was born in Jamaica. She lived in Jamaica, Guyana, the US and Trinidad before moving to Canada as a teenager. She has published six novels and numerous short stories. Her first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, won the Warner Aspect First Novel contest. She has also received the Campbell and Locus Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She currently lives in California, USA, where she is a professor of Creative Writing and a member of a faculty research cluster in science fiction. In 2018, she was awarded Eagle-Con’s Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award, given in recognition of impactful contributions to the world of science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, with the spirit and conviction demonstrated by multi-award winning author Octavia E. Butler. She is the author of “The House of Whispers,” a new graphic novel in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” Universe. She is currently completing Blackheart Man, an alternate historical fantasy of the Caribbean.

July 21: Neil Clarke

Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
1000 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Neil Clarke is best known as the editor and publisher of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. Launched in October 2006, the online magazine has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine four times (winning three times), the World Fantasy Award four times (winning once), and the British Fantasy Award once (winning once). Neil is also a seven-time finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor-Short Form and three-time winner of the Chesley Award for Best Art Director. In the thirteen years since Clarkesworld Magazine launched, numerous stories that he has published have been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, BSFA, Shirley Jackson, WSFA Small Press, and Stoker Awards.

Additionally, Neil edits Forever—a digital-only, reprint science fiction magazine he launched in 2015—and The SFWA Bulletin—a non-fiction periodical published by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His anthologies include: UpgradedGalactic EmpiresTouchable UnrealityMore Human than HumanThe Final FrontierNot One of Usand the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. His next anthology, The Eagle has Landed, will be published in July 2019.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

July 28: Ted ChiangTed Chiang

Hugo House
1634 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

One of the most critically admired and awarded authors of current short fiction, Ted Chiang was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and holds a degree in computer science. In 1989 he attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. His fiction has won four Hugo, four Nebula, and four Locus Awards, and has been reprinted in Best American Short Stories. His first collection Stories of Your Life and Others has been translated into twenty-one languages, and the title story was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film Arrival starring Amy Adams. His new collection Exhalation is a New York Times bestseller. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

Photo credit: Alan Berner


The University Book Store, Seattle Public Library, and Hugo House are ADA compliant accessible spaces. If you have questions about the accessibility, parking, or other assistance, please contact communications@clarionwest.org.

The Clarion West Summer Reading Series is sponsored by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, King County 4Culture, Hugo House, the University Book Store, and the Seattle Public Library. If you are interested in helping to sponsor the summer reading series or sponsor the Write-a-thon, please contact us at director@clarionwest.org.