Salik Shah

Which species of bird is a drone? poem, Issue 38, March 18, 2017

Birthday? Feb 25th.  

When did you start writing? Drawing came early and easily to me; word-painting followed much later. Not before I was a big boy of eight or ten.
When and what and where did you first get published? In June 2014, I made my poetry debut in Strange Horizons with my poem, “Straw-fitted Elephants.” 
What themes do you like to write about? I like to read and write original poetry about real and imaginary people, places and customs, with deeper insight and beauty, sciences and speculations. 
What stories or poems have most resonated with you as an author and a poet? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Poetry is how we live; poetry is where and when we live. As a boy, there was a period when I kind of believed that “Afterwards” by Thomas Hardy was the perfect shortcode for how to live a fulfilling life. With Lao Tzu’s "Tao Te Ching," the operating manual of life for me has become more beautiful and enigmatic. I tend to imagine each of my poems as a prayer to Life. 

I write about some of the most important contemporary speculative stories from around the world that resonated with me in this Strange Horizons column “Reading Science Fiction and Fantasy for (South) Asia.” I hope you’ll find the list worth reading!

Salik Shah is the founding editor of Mithila Review. His poetry, fiction and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s Science Fiction and Juggernaut, among other publications. You can find him on Twitter: @salik.