2012 Instructor Bios

Instructors for 2012

Our instructors for the 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop are Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Graham Jones, George R.R. Martin, Connie Willis, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, and Chuck Palahniuk, the 2012 Susan C. Petrey Fellow.


Photo of Mary Rosenblum Mary Rosenblum tugs at readers’ hearts and minds with her hands-on understanding of science and technology and her passion for justice. A Reed College biology graduate, Rosenblum attended Clarion West in 1988. Her first book, The Drylands, won the 1994 Compton Crook Award, and in 2009 she received the Sidewise Award for Alternate History for her story “Sacrifice.”
Photo of Stephen Graham Jones Stephen Graham Jones has published eleven novels and over 140 finely-honed stories about innocents, unfairness, and scary truths. A Blackfoot Indian from Texas, a Professor of English at the University of Colorado, an NEA Fellow, and a Bram Stoker Award finalist, Jones can warm an audience to laughter or chill it with icily observed inevitabilities.
Photo of George R.R. Martin George R.R. Martin wrote the celebrated fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, basis for the HBO hit Game of Thrones. A brilliant, prolific writer of SF, fantasy, and horror, George also has substantial screenwriting experience (Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast). Time magazine named him one of the most influential people of 2011.
Photo of Connie Willis Connie Willis is the author of many novels, including Blackout/All Clear and The Doomsday Book, and multiple short story collections. She has won seven Nebulas and eleven Hugos and is a veteran Clarion West instructor. Willis excels at story deconstruction; her keen analysis illuminates the humor, love, and redemption found in both the screwball and the tragic.
Photo of Kelly Link and Gavin Grant Kelly Link and Gavin Grant have edited over 50 superbly unclassifiable books for Small Beer Press/Big Mouth House, which they founded. They’ve also co-edited five volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and 27 issues of their avant-strange magazine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Both are talented writers too, and Link has won several Hugos and Nebulas, plus both the James Tiptree, Jr. and World Fantasy awards.
Photo of Chuck Palahniuk Chuck Palahniuk's novel Fight Club won the 1997 Oregon Book Award and became a controversial cult film. His novel Choke was a NYT bestseller, and Lullaby won the 2003 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. A self-described minimalist, Palahniuk blends horror and satire to create genre-crossing stories about nontraditional protagonists. He is an ardent teacher, and the 2012 Susan C. Petrey Fellow.

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Photograph of Mary Rosenblum © 2011 by Leslie Howle; used with permission. Photograph of Stephen Graham Jones © 2008 by Becky Philips; used with permission. Photograph of George R.R. Martin © 2011 by Leslie Howle; used with permission. Photograph of Connie Willis © 2011 by Leslie Howle; used with permission. Photographs of Kelly Link and Gavin Grant © 2011 by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant; used with permission. Photograph of Chuck Palahniuk © 2011 by Leslie Howle; used with permission.