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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents poetry from the August issues.

  • “Kanchenjunga" by Ajapa Sharma, read by Julia Rios. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Ajapa here.
  • “Using Only These" by Merav Hoffman, read by Merav Hoffman. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Merav here.
  • “Loss Prelude" by Arlene Ang, read by Ciro Faienza. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Arlene here.
  • “Stars" by Snigdha Chaya Saikia, read by Anaea Lay. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Snigdha here.



Ajapa Sharma is a student of history, occasional poet, culinary enthusiast, wild wolfish woman, singer in the shower and a trained stage manager.
Anaea Lay lives in Chicago, Illinois where she writes, cooks, plays board games, reads too much, and questions the benevolence of the universe. Her work has appeared in many places including Apex, Penumbra, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, and Nightmare. She lives online at anaealay.com.
Arlene Ang's latest poetry collection, Banned for Life, was published by Misty Publications in 2014. Her poems have appeared in Caketrain, Diagram, Poetry Ireland, Poet Lore, Rattle, Salt Hill as well as Best of the Web 2008 and 2009 (Dzanc Books). She lives in Spinea, Italy.
Ciro Faienza (pronounced CHEE-roh) is an American/Italian national currently residing in Pescara, Italy. He has acted on stages and screens throughout Texas and Massachusetts, and his work as a filmmaker has shown at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Hub Theater, and the National Gallery, London. His fiction is featured in numerous publications, including Daily Science Fiction and Futuristica, Vol 1. His short story "J'ae's Solution" was a top finalist in PRI's 3-Minute Futures Contest. During the day he teaches English and American business culture. Find him at his Facebook author page and on @cirofaienza.
Merav Hoffman is a singer, songwriter, poet and fiber arts artist. Her poetry has previously appeared in inkscrawl. She is a founding member of the bands Lady Mondegreen, The Funny Things, and Goldberry. She lives near NYC with her family and is addicted to music documentaries.
Snigdha Chaya Saikia is an English major at Handique Girls' College, Guwahati, Assam, India. When she's not crying over late assignments, she writes speculative fictions (and forces her friends to read them). On select Sundays, she's a crime-fighting octopus. You can find her on Tumblr at canvasconstellations.
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30 Mar 2020

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Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
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Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
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Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
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Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
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Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 10 Feb 2020
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Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
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Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
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Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
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Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
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