The next Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, will present a Clarion West Special Evening in honor of 25 consecutive years of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and’s challenge grant. In attendance will be Samuel R. Delany, Jack Womack, Cat Rambo, Kris Dikeman and guest-hosted by Rajan Khanna.

Samuel R. Delany is a novelist and critic who lives in New York City a teaches at Temple University in Philadelphia. His books include Nova, Dhalgren, Aye, and Gomorrah and Other Stories, Atlantis: Three Tales, and his most recent novel, Dark Reflections, won the 2008 Stonewall Book Award and was a runner-up for that years Lambda Literary Award. His forthcoming novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders will appear from Alyson Books in 2010.

Jack Womack is the author of Ambient, Terraplane, Heathern, Elvissey, Random Acts of Senseless Violence, Let’s Put the Future Behind Us, and Going, Going, Gone. He was in 1994 a co-winner of the Philip K. Dick Award and has twice taught writing at Clarion West. He is Publicity Manager for Orbit Books US, and is presently working on his next novel, Ashland: A Kentucky Murder Ballad.

Cat Rambo attended Clarion West in 2005 and since then has published dozens of short stories in such markets as Weird Tales, Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, and Clarkesworld. Her collaboration with Jeff VanderMeer, The Surgeon’s Tale and Other Stories, appeared in 2007 and her first solo collection, Eyes Like Sky And Coal And Moonlight, is forthcoming from Paper Golem Press. She is also the managing editor of Fantasy Magazine.

Kris Dikeman is a graduate of the Clarion West class of 2005. Her work has appeared in Sybil’s Garage, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and the forthcoming Year’s Best Fantasy #9. She was a finalist for this year’s Story South Million Writer’s Award.

Rajan Khanna is a graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers Workshop. His work has appeared in Shimmer Magazine. He lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY.

Clarion West is a non-profit literary organization that administers the Clarion West Writers Workshop, an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy, held annually in Seattle, Washington, USA. has pledged to donate one dollar to Clarion West for every dollar the workshop receives from individuals, corporations, government offices, charitable foundations, and special events.

It’s all happening on Wednesday July 15th, 7pm at KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

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