Mark Bukovec attended Clarion West in 2006. He is a fiction reader and occasional podcaster for Fantasy Magazine.

Persephone D’Shaun can be found at any given time working on one short story and five novels.  All of her work has appeared inside her mind, and are best read with an ipsychic kindle–an amazing technological collaboration between Apple and Amazon to be released in 2000-never.  With the recent repair of the connection between her feet and her mailbox, she hopes to actually make it into print before the world explodes.

Caren Gussoff started her writing career fighting the literary low/mid-list before attending Clarion West in 2008. She was the Octavia E. Butler scholarship winner, and has, since then, published  in Abyss & Apex, M-BRANE SF,  and Halle Ridley’s “Destination: Future” anthology. She co-edits Brain Harvest: An Almanac of Bad-Ass Speculative Fiction.

Randy Henderson is cool and minty with a refreshing writer aftertaste.  His fiction has been published in places like Realms of Fantasy, Every Day Fiction and the M-Brane anthology 2020 Visions.  He is a Clarion West 2009 graduate, a relapsed sarcasm addict, a milkshake connoisseur, contributor of nonfiction to Fantasy magazine, and a third evolution arch-magi of rejectomancy.

Ted Kosmatka has been a fast food worker, a laboratory analyst, a truck stop dishwasher, a stage actor in New York City, a zookeeper, an altar boy, and sucker punched…but always a writer.

Martin McClellan is a writer and designer. He writes the column “Letters From the Hellbox” for about the lives of typographers. Somewhat more information can be found at

Kris Millering is a graduate of Clarion West 2009. Educated as a linguist, she wandered into a tech career largely by accident.  She likes forensic pathology, anthropology, psycholinguistics, and cupcakes.

Cat Rambo attended Clarion West in 2005. Since then she has published several dozen stories in markets such as Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, and Weird Tales, along with two collections. She is the managing editor of Fantasy Magazine. She blogs at

Vicki Saunders, a 2009 Clarion West graduate, writes and edits for an astronomical observatory in the cloudiest part of the U.S. She also takes publicity photos of observatory activities, which typically happen in the dark, and writes speculative fiction. For respite, she cooks.

Julia Sidorova is a Clarion West 2009 graduate. She has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and she spends her days as a biomedical scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle, messing with cultured human cells, for the most part. The rest of the time she writes speculative fiction. She likes feeding hummingbirds, doing things the hard way, and making pronouncements on human nature, history, politics, finance, and other topics outside her area of expertise.

Rashida Smith (Eddi) is a 2005 Clarion West graduate. Her brand of spec-fic often features hooves and hairballs, and she’s particularly attracted to settings that recall her early years in the California Central Valley. She blogs about her “adventures in cello land” at

Derek Zumsteg writes short stories (which have run in Asimov’s, Brain Harvest, and some literary magazines no one’s heard of) and toils on novel projects (two).

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