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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents poetry from the issues.

  • “Notes Toward a Theory of Quantum Blackness" by Sofia Samatar, read by Romie Stott. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Sofia here.
  • “Death by Three Senses" by Lev Mirov, read by Ciro Faienza. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Lev here.
  • “Exchange" by Anne Carly Abad, read by Romie Stott. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Anne Carly here.
  • “Little Red Cap" by Christina Im, read by Christina Im. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Christina here.
  • “The Elder" by Matthew Porto, read by Ciro Faienza. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Matthew here.
  • “Heavenly Bodies / Terra Firma" by Jane Crowley, read by Ciro Faienza. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Jane here.



Anne Carly Abad received the Poet of the Year Award in the 2017 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. She has also received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award. Her work has appeared in Apex, Mythic Delirium, and Strange Horizons, to name a few. Her first poetry collection, We've Been Here Before, is forthcoming this February 2022 with Aqueduct Press. You can preorder the book by emailing the publisher at info@aqueductpress.com.
Christina Im is fifteen years old and attends high school in Portland, Oregon. She has been recognized both regionally and nationally by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in several publications, including Words Dance and Rose Red Review.
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.
Jane Crowley is deeply enthusiastic about tea, being in and around water, and things with wings (mechanical or avian). By day she is a marketer for a UK university. By night she writes poetry and other miscellaneous fragments that occasionally find a home and get published. You can find her on Twitter at @j_e_crowley.
Lev Mirov is a doctoral student in Tolkien Studies by day, and a novelist, poet, and medievalist by night. He has an MFA in crip ballet and decolonial theory, and lives on Piscataway lands with his husband Aleksei Valentìn. Their alternate histories, The Faerie States and The Peninsular Kingdoms, are Lev's passion. Follow him on Twitter @thelionmachine or explore further at patreon.com/levandalekseicreate.
Matthew Porto is an MFA Candidate and Teaching Fellow at Boston University.  After earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Scranton in 2012, he taught ESL in Tainan, Taiwan for one year and currently lives in Boston.  He has privately printed two poetry collections, Flora and Fauna (winter 2014) and Dignity Astray (spring 2015).
Romie Stott is the administrative editor and a poetry editor of Strange Horizons. Her poems have appeared in inkscrawl, Dreams&Nightmares, Polu Texni, On Spec, The Deadlands, and Liminality, but she is better known for her essays in The Toast and Atlas Obscura, and a microfiction project called postorbital. As a filmmaker, she has been a guest artist of the National Gallery (London), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), and the Dallas Museum of Art. You can find her fairly complete bibliography here.
Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories. She is the recipient of the William L. Crawford Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Her first short story collection, Tender, is now available from Small Beer Press.
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