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

  • "A Modern Prometheus" by Lynette Mejía, read by Julia Rios. You can read the full text of the poem, and more about Lynette, here.
  • "my father as a sonnet on the human meaning of inhuman stars" by Andrew Brenza, read by Anaea Lay. You can read the full text of the poem, and more about Andrew, here.
  • "All That Her Mother Left Her" by John W. Sexton read by Julia Rios. You can read the full text of the poem, and more about John, here.
  • "Abduction" by Laura Madeline Wiseman, read by Laura Madeline Wiseman. You can read the full text of the poem, and more about Laura, here.
  • "St. Patrick and the Snakes" by Jane Yolen, read by Ciro Faienza. You can read the full text of the poem, and more about Jane, here.

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Anaea Lay lives in Seattle, Washington, where she goes for long walks and disrupts the weather. When she isn't reading too much, cooking, or playing board games, she earns money by selling houses and wages battle with days of the week. Her work has appeared in many places including Apex, Penumbra, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, and Nightmare. She lives online at anaealay.com.
Andrew Brenza lives and writes in the Philadelphia area with his wife and young son. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Shampoo, Glitterpony, Jellyfish, and/or, Sawbuck, and The Scrambler, among others.  He is obsessed with cold seeps, hot vents, and tidal pools.
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.
Jane Yolen writes poetry for both children and adults. She is a past winner of the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Rhysling award for a short poem, Dwarf Star Award for poems under ten lines, as well as being named by the Association as a Grand Master of science fiction and fantasy poetry. She is a frequent poetry contributor to such genre magazines as Asimov's, Mythic Delirium, and Goblin Fruit. She has over 350 books published, a huge number of them poetry.Her books have won the Caldecott, the Christopher Medal, the Jewish Book Award, and two of her stories were Nebula winners. Three of her books won the Mythopoeic Award. She was named a winner last year of the New England Public Radio's Arts and Humanities Award. And her Skylark Award set her good coat on fire.
John W. Sexton lives in Ireland and is the author of five previous poetry collections, the most recent being The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon, 2013). His sixth collection, Futures Pass, is due from Salmon in 2015. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.
Julia Rios is a fiction editor for Strange Horizons. Her fiction, articles, interviews, and poetry have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, Stone Telling, Jabberwocky, and several other places. She's half-Mexican, but her (fairly dreadful) French is better than her Spanish.
Laura Madeline Wiseman's debut book of poetry is Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press). She is also the author of six chapbooks, including 2012's Unclose the Door. She is the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press). She has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing. Stranger Still, a new anthology of her alien-themed poems, will be available in October 2013, and can be pre-ordered through Finishing Line Press.
Lynette Mejía writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror prose and poetry from the middle of a deep, dark forest in the wilds of southern Louisiana. Her work has been nominated for the Rhysling Award and the Million Writers Award, and has appeared in Welcome to the Future, Mythic Delirium, Vol I and Penny Dread Tales, Vol I. You can find her online at www.lynettemejia.com and reach her by email at lyn@lynettemejia.com.
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