The results of the Strange Horizons Readers Poll came out, and i am extremely happy to see so many of my favorite people and pieces represented.
In particular, the poetry slate looks like this:
First place: “You Are Here” by Bogi Takács
Second place: “Salamander Song” by Rose Lemberg and Emily Jiang
Third place: “Seeds” by M. Sereno
Fourth equal: “Una Canción de Keys” by Lisa M. Bradley
Fourth equal: “The rivers, the birchgroves, all the receding earth” by Rose Lemberg
I am incredibly happy that Bogi’s amazing “You Are Here” won, and I am also very very pleased with both “Seeds” and “Una Canción de Keys” placing.
In somewhat related news, Strange Horizons will publish my epic poem “Long Shadow” later this year. In 2014, I had no long poetry come out, which is extremely rare for me; but “Long Shadow” should compensate for 2014’s brevity, as this poem is about 3k long. It is also one of the favorite things I wrote in 2014, a poem in the Journeymaker Cycle that is set in a marsh. Here’s how it is described in the project page for the Journeymaker Cycle:
A child, an orphan born from a tangle of past wars, steals the souls of the unborn. The Journeymaker tries to find a solution, but there are no easy answers to be had.
I can’t wait to share it with you.
To my delight, the Birdverse stories made the Skiffy and Fanty’s Most Anticipated Things in 2015 list, as did An Alphabet of Embers (thanks, Shaun and Natalie!)