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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Troy Wiggins’s “Dying Lessons,” read by Jovan Julien.



Troy L. Wiggins is a writer and editor living in Memphis, Tennessee. Troy is co-editor of Fiyah Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History, Expanded Horizons, the Memphis Noir anthology, and Fireside Magazine. You can follow his musings on race and nerd culture at afrofantasy.net, and follow him on twitter @TroyLWiggins.
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we are whispered into this new land, this old land, whispered anew
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The last deer in heaven flees, and Sestu pursues.
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