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

  • “Book of Vole (Excerpts)” by Jane Tolmie with artwork by Perry Rath. You can read the full text of the poem, and more about Jane and Perry, here.
  • “the houses of girl-ghosts” by Cassandra de Alba. You can read the full text of the poem, and more about Cassandra, here.
  • “Ophelia”, by Qyn. You can read the full text of the poem, and more about Qyn, here.
  • “And the War is Never Over” by Shira Lipkin. You can read the full text of the poem, and more about Shira, here.


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Anaea Lay lives in Seattle, Washington, where she goes for long walks and disrupts the weather. When she isn't reading too much, cooking, or playing board games, she earns money by selling houses and wages battle with days of the week. Her work has appeared in many places including Apex, Penumbra, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, and Nightmare. She lives online at
Cassandra de Alba is a graduate student in Boston. Her work has appeared in Red Lightbulbs, Amethyst Arsenic, and Neon, among other publications. Her most recent chapbook is called Bloodlust (No Spaceships Allowed).
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.
Jane Tolmie is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Cultural Studies, cross-appointed to English, at Queen’s University (Canada). Her current research is on memory, trauma, and women's art activism in comics and theatre. She is a poet, feminist activist, and blogger. Her publications appear in various journals and in Laments for the Lost in Medieval Literature, Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities, The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama, and Performance, Drama, and Spectacle in the Medieval City. Forthcoming with the University Press of Mississippi this year (2013) is her collection Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art.
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.
Qyn was born somewhere on the planet and that's not where he'll die, if all goes according to plan. He writes poetry, sometimes.
Shira Lipkin's short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Clockwork Phoenix 4, and other wonderful places; they have won the Rhysling Award for best short poem. Their nonfiction has appeared at Salon. They co-edit Liminality, a magazine of speculative poetry, with Mat Joiner.
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