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Direct link: December poetry (MP3)

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

  • “Artifacts in the Lens" by Selkie D'Isa, read by Julia Rios. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Selkie here.
  • “Manteia, Katabasis" by Liz Bourke, read by Liz Bourke. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Liz here.
  • “Power Men" by Jenny Blackford, read by Ciro Faienza. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Jenny here.



Ciro Faienza (pronounced CHEE-roh) is an American/Italian national. 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. You can see his visual artwork at his web gallery, Postmedium.
Jenny’s poems and stories have appeared in august Australian and international literary journals and anthologies, as well as Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Cosmos magazine, and multiple Rhysling anthologies. Her latest collection from Pitt Street Poetry is The Alpaca CantosEagle Books published her ghostly middle-grade adventure The Girl in the Mirror in October 2019. She is jennyblackford on Facebook and @dutiesofacat on Twitter. www.jennyblackford.com
Julia Rios is a queer, Latinx writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator whose writing has appeared in Latin American Literature Today, Lightspeed, and Goblin Fruit, among other places. Formerly a fiction editor for Strange Horizons, their editing work has won multiple awards, including the Hugo Award. Julia is a co-host of This is Why We're Like This, a podcast about how the movies we watch in childhood shape our lives, for better or for worse. They've narrated stories for Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. Find them on Twitter as @omgjulia.
Liz Bourke is a cranky queer person who reads books. She holds a Ph.D in Classics from Trinity College, Dublin. Her first book, Sleeping With Monsters, a collection of reviews and criticism, is published by Aqueduct Press. Find her at her blog, where she's been known to talk about even more books thanks to her Patreon supporters. Or find her at her Twitter. She supports the work of the Irish Refugee Council and the Abortion Rights Campaign.
Selkie D'Isa is a poet, novelist, and lover of all things speculative, liminal, and numinous. She believes in ghosts, believes even harder in the internet, remains a flaming queer, and is still trying to convince her daughter that Sleipnir is not a cat. Her writing can be found in Here, We Cross: a collection of queer and genderfluid poetry from Stone Telling 1–7, The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, Queer Fish: Volume 2, and Steam-Powered 2: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories.
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