You know Ciro, right? The deep, rumbly voice that periodically graces the Strange Horizons poetry podcast, and filled in for me when I was moving? The one who gets more fan mail than I do? That Ciro? I’ve got good news. You get more of him!
The December poetry podcast was my last as host, and Ciro has taken over for me. This is awesome! I had literally not changed a thing about how the final product worked since I hit a rhythm, and there was, frankly, room for improvement. It just wasn’t going to happen with me. Ciro, on the other hand, has already mixed up the format to make it more user-friendly (and producer-hard. Simple things on the listener end are super finicky on the back end) and I’m pretty sure it’s going to all be ass-kicking glory from here on.
I’m glad the poetry podcast is in the hands of somebody who has the time to treat it well, and I’m extremely glad that somebody is Ciro, because he’s great. Give him a listen.
Even if you think you’re not into poetry, do it. It’s short, so it’s a low-cost gamble that you’ll find something you like. If you’re into flash fiction you should especially be looking at speculative poetry – the two forms have a lot going on that can inform each other.
I am still the Fiction Podcast Editor at Strange Horizons. As of now I have no intention of ever not being the Podcast Editor at Strange Horizons. That doesn’t actually mean I’ll never move on, just that right now I can’t foresee when/why that would be. After three years, that’s a pretty cozy position to be in with a job.