2022 Clarion West Write-a-thon   ○   Clarion West 2017

Izzy Wasserstein

June 6, 2022 12:00am - July 30, 2022 12:00am

My Writing Goals

During this year's write-a-thon, I'm hoping to draft the first several chapters of my novel-in-progress, a space opera set on edge of a collapsing empire. I'd love to have 20,000 words of the novel drafted by the time the write-a-thon concludes.

Writing Sample

Everything the sea takes, it gives back in its own way and its own time. That was what Jess’s grandmother believed, what she’d told Jess as they stood in the shadow of the giant red cedar that had washed ashore, its severed roots thicker than Jess’s body. It must have drifted for a thousand years or more to return to them in that moment.

So, when the virus takes Jess’s grandmother, Jess steers her little solar-powered boat out past the Channel Islands and gives the body to the sea. She is sixteen, old enough to know the sea’s ways, that if her grandmother returned, it would be through the cycles of life. She’d be part of the food chain, better at least than plastic and algal blooms. Sixteen, and old enough to know the truth, but young enough to fantasize that the beloved woman would come striding up the beach, her skin kelp-green, her hair flowing along unseen currents.

     -- from "Everything the Sea Takes, it Returns," originally published in Lightspeed.

Publications List


All The Hometowns You Can’t Stay Away From, short fiction collection, Neon Hemlock Press. July 2022. 

When Creation Falls, poetry collection, Meadowlark Books. 2018.

This Ecstasy They Call Damnation, poetry collection, Woodley Press. 2012.

Selected Journal and Anthology Publications:

“These Whispering Remains.” Decoded Pride. Forthcoming. (Fiction)

“Everything the Sea Takes, it Returns.” Lightspeed. 2022. (Fiction)

“Shadows of the Hungry, the Broken, the Transformed.” CossMass Infinities. 2022. (Fiction)

“This Shattered Vessel, Which Holds Only Grief.” Apex. 2021. (Fiction)

“To Reach the Gate, She Must Leave Everything Behind.” Lightspeed. 2021. (Fiction)

“Like Birdsong, the Memory of Your Touch.” Fantasy. 2021. (Fiction)

“Dead at the Feet of a God.” Beneath Ceaseless Skies. 2021. (Fiction)

“Pattern Recognition.” Daily Science Fiction. 2020. (Fiction)

“The Day Before the Revolution.” Climbing Lightly Through Forests. Forthcoming. (Poetry)

“The Descent of Their Last End.” Glitter + Ashes. 2020. (Fiction)

“From the Deep, the Music Rises.” Baffling Magazine. 2020. (Fiction)

“Ports of Perceptions.” Transcendent 4: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction. 2020. (Fiction)

“Seven Plans of the League Of Villainous Empowerment to Break Atomic Patriot's Hold on Star City.” 

Decoded Pride. 2020. (Fiction)

“Five Reasons for the Sign Above Her Door, One of Them Unspoken.” Abyss & Apex. 2020. (Fiction)

“A Dinosaur Without Feathers Is No Dinosaur At All.” Robot Dinosaurs! 2020. (Fiction)

“For Change is the Moon’s Domain, and Tonight She Watches.” Fireside Magazine. 2020. 


“The Grass Bows Down, the Pilgrims Walk Lightly.” Analog. 2020. (Fiction)

“A Hench Helps Her Villain, No Matter What.” Escape Pod. 2019. (Fiction)

“Requiem Without Sound.” Escape Pod. 2019. (Fiction)

“This Next Song is Called Punk Rock Valhalla.” A Punk Rock Future. 2019. (Fiction.)

“Baseball” (reprint).  Bodies Built for Game: The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Sports  

Writing. 2019. (Poetry)

“All the Hometowns You Can’t Stay Away From.” Fireside Magazine. 2019. (Fiction)

“The Vixen, With Death Pursuing.” Maiden, Mother & Crone. 2019. (Fiction)

“The Crafter at the Web’s Heart.” Apex. 2019. (Fiction)

“Kansas Bible Camp.” Coal City Review. 2018.  (Poetry)

“Pelecanimimus and the Battle for Mosquito Ridge.” Resist Fascism: An SFF Call to Action. 2018. (Fiction)

“Their Eyes Like Dead Lamps.” Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. 2018. (Fiction)

“The Good Mothers’ Home for Wayward Girls.” PseudoPod. 2018. (Fiction)

“Unplaces: an Atlas of Non-Existence.” Clarkesworld. 2018. (Fiction)

“Ports of Perception.” GlitterShip. 2018. (Fiction)

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