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Direct link: September/October poetry (MP3)

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

  • “Used" by Eric Otto, read by Anaea Lay. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Eric here.
  • “Sea-Sweet" by Yoon Ha Lee, read by Ciro Faienza. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Yoon here.
  • “The Daemon Lover" by Pamela Manasco, read by Emily Jiang. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Pamela here.
  • “Gorgon Girls" by Saira Ali, read by Romie Stott. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Saira here.
  • “Plato's Orpheus" by Catherine Butler, read by Anaea Lay. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Catherine here.
  • “Even Robots Learn" by Penny Stirling, read by Julia Rios. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Penny here.
  • “Seeds" by M Sereno, read by M Sereno. You can read the full text of the poem and more about Sereno here.



Anaea Lay lives in Chicago, Illinois where she writes, cooks, plays board games, reads too much, and questions the benevolence of the universe. Her work has appeared in many places including Apex, Penumbra, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, and Nightmare. She lives online at anaealay.com.
Catherine Butler is the author of six children's/YA novels, including The Fetch of Mardy Watt and Death of a Ghost. She is also Associate Professor of English at the University of the West of England and has written numerous critical books, including the Mythopoeic Award-winning Four British Fantasists and Reading History in Children's Books. She is the editor of Philip Pullman: A New Casebook and Twisted Winter.
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.
Emily Jiang is a graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop in San Diego and has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College of California. Her poetry has been published in Stone Telling and The Sand Hill Review. She wrestles with words everyday. Sometimes she wins. Most times, it's a draw. You can read more about her and her work at http://emilyjiang.blogspot.com.
Eric Otto is an associate professor of environmental humanities at Florida Gulf Coast University. His academic work includes the book Green Speculations, as well as a chapter in the recent collection Green Planets. His SF/F poetry appears in Mirror DanceScifaikuestStar*Line, and Prune Juice. Visit him at ecotto.wordpress.com.
M Sereno is a queer Filipina artist and writer who works in ink, watercolor, poetry, and sometimes prose. Her poems have appeared in Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Goblin Fruit, Uncanny, and Interfictions. She lives in regional Australia with her partner and two ridiculous Pomeranians. Find her on Twitter at @likhain and online at her website. You can contact her by email.
Pamela Manasco is a writer, editor, and poet living in the Birmingham, Alabama area.
Penny Stirling edits and embroiders in Western Australia. Their speculative fiction and poetry can be found in Lackington's, Interfictions, Heiresses of Russ, and other venues. For more of Penny's aromantic nonfiction visit their website or follow them on Twitter.
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.
Saira Ali grew up in the deep south of the US and has still not acclimated to New England winters. She is both an engineer and a poet, and rejects false dichotomies in all forms. She has published poetry in Mythic Delirium and Stone Telling.
Yoon Ha Lee's debut, Ninefox Gambit, won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators. Find him on the web at yoonhalee.com or contact him via email.
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