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

  • "Ekphrastic 22/The Drowning Girl" by Jenn Grunigen, read by Jenn Grunigen. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Jenn here.
  • "The Paper Boy" by Mike Allen, read by Mike Allen. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Mike here.
  • "Food Diary of Gark the Troll" by Jessy Randall, read by Tina Connolly. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Jessy here.
  • "Una Canción de Keys" by Lisa M. Bradley, read by Lisa M. Bradley, and Ciro Faienza. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Lisa here.
  • "Rehearsal for When He Wakes" by Anne Carly Abad, read by Julia Rios. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Anne here.
  • "The Rotten Leaf Cantata" by Rose Lemberg, read by Rose Lemberg. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Rose here.
  • "Rebel" by Danielle Higgins, read by Clare McBride. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Danielle here.

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Anne Carly Abad is currently busy trying to learn a new trick: jewelry-making.  Her written work has appeared (or will appear in) NameL3ss Digest, Apex, and Not One of Us.  Her science fiction novel, The Light Bringer's Kingdom, saw print this year and is now available at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Light-Bringers-Kingdom-Anne-Carly-ebook/dp/B011JZ53I8).
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.
Clare McBride is a podcast reader for Strange Horizons.
Danielle Higgins is a screenwriter who enjoys experimenting with poetry, flash fiction, and novels. She is completing her diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, and is currently working on a television series. She enjoys writing character-driven mysteries with elements of the supernatural and horror.
Jenn Grunigen is a writer, folklorist, and metal drummer. She is a graduate of the 2016 Clarion Writers’ workshop; her writing has appeared in Shimmer, Spolia and elsewhere. Her SF novel, Skyglass, a wild tale of sex, elves and rock ‘n’ roll, is available now from Chromatic Press.
Jessy Randall's poems, stories, and other things have appeared in Asimov'sFlurbLady Churchill's Rosebud WristletMcSweeney's, and Star*Line. Her latest book is Injecting Dreams into Cows (Red Hen, 2012). Earlier books include The Wandora Unit and A Day in Boyland. A more complete bibliography is at her website.
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.
Lisa M. Bradley is a Tejana living in Iowa. Her words have infiltrated Uncanny Magazine, Interfictions, Cicada, The Moment of Change, Mythic Delirium, and other publications. She loves gothic country music, broken taboos, Spanglish, and horror films—all of which influenced her collection, The Haunted Girl (Aqueduct Press). For more, see her website or Twitter.
Mike Allen is president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and editor of the speculative poetry journal Mythic Delirium. With Roger Dutcher, Mike is also editor of The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase, which for the first time collects the Rhysling Award-winning poems from 1978 to 2004 in one volume. His newest poetry collection, Disturbing Muses, is out from Prime Books, with a second collection, Strange Wisdoms of the Dead, soon to follow. Mike's poems can also be found in Nebula Awards Showcase 2005, both editions of The 2005 Rhysling Anthology, and the Strange Horizons archives.
Rose Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Rose's work has appeared in Lightspeed: Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues. Their Birdverse novelette "Grandmother-nai-Leylit's Cloth of Winds" has been nominated for the Nebula Award, and longlisted for the Hugo Award and the Tiptree Award. Rose's poems have won the Rannu competition, placed in the Rhysling award, and won and placed in the Strange Horizons Readers' Poll. Rose's debut poetry collection, Marginalia to Stone Bird, is available from Aqueduct Press (2016). Rose can be found on Twitter as @roselemberg, on Patreon as Rose Lemberg Creating Birdverse, and online at their website.
Tina Connolly (tinaconnolly@gmail.com) is a writer and face painter in Portland, Oregon. Her stories and poems have appeared here in Strange Horizons, as well as in Podcastle, GUD, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. This story was inspired by an exercise at Ellen Klages' 2009 workshop at Hugo House in Seattle. Tina has a website at http://tinaconnolly.com.
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