A Canadian-born child of the Mediterranean, Amal is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the Cornwall campus of the University of Exeter, sharpening her quills for the hunt. In her hours of rest, she lives in a house on a Hill's Head, where she drinks tea, plays harp, tastes honey, and writes stories about the Arabic alphabet, book-women, singing fish, and Damascene dream-crafters. Not usually all at once. "The Green Book" has been nominated for the Nebula Award.
She writes poetry, too: her first collection of poetry and prose is called The Honey Month, with each piece written to the taste of a different honey. Her poem "Song for an Ancient City" won the 2009 Rhysling Award. She also co-edits Goblin Fruit, an online quarterly dedicated to fantastical poetry, with the lugubrious Jessica P. Wick.
Amal also writes at Voices on the Midnight Air, a blog she keeps somewhat tidy for meandering guests. There she may be found scribbling about poetry, race, feminism, numerous fandoms, and the minutiae of her every-day. She is in her second year of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award.
Amal El-Mohtar's Campbell-qualifying work:
- "The Singing Fish," forthcoming in The Thackeray T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
- "The Green Book," Apex Magazine, Issue 18, November 2010
- "And Their Lips Rang with the Sun," Strange Horizons, October 2009. Also available as a podcast from PodCastle.
Collected Short Fiction and Poetry:
- The Honey Month, Papaveria Press, May 2010.
- "Whoso Hunts to List," for Shimmer Magazine's Blog
- "Winding Down the House: Towards a Steampunk Without Steam," Tor.com, for their Steampunk Fortnight, October 2010.
- "To Follow the Waves," in Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, January 2011
- "Tarot de Gaga," Weird Tales #356, "Uncanny Beauty" issue, October 2010
- "Connla mac Lia and the Kingship of Eriu," Cabinet des Fées, Issue 8
- "The Fishbowl," Shimmer: The Clockwork Jungle Book, Issue 11. The link is to an audiofile, but I can provide Campbell voters with the text.
- "Night of the Girl Goblin," Cabinet des Fées 2
- "Sparrow and Egg," Shimmer, Issue 6
- "The Crow's Caw," Shimmer, Issue 4
- "Stairs in Her Hair," forthcoming in Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Ellen Kushner and Holly Black
- "The Winter Tree," Stone Telling, Issue 2
- "Eshet Hayil," Stone Telling, Issue 1
- "Schehirrazade," Sybil's Garage no. 7
- "Courting Song for Selkies," Ideomancer, vol. 9, issue 2, co-written with Jessica P. Wick
- "Orpheus," Cabinet des Fées' Sheherezade's Bequest, April 2010
- "Beggin' Death," Jabberwocky 4, July 2009, co-written with Jessica P. Wick
- "Apple Jack Tangles the Maidy Lac with a Red, Red Ribbon," Mythic Delirium 20, July 2009, co-written with Jessica P. Wick
- "The Maiden to the Fox Did Say," Lone Star Stories, April 2009, co-written with Nicole Kornher-Stace
- "Song for an Ancient City," Mythic Delirium 19, Winter 2008
- "Damascus Divides the Lovers by Zero, or, the City is Never Finished," Lone Star Stories, December 2008, co-written with Catherynne M. Valente
- "The Night Sisters," Ideomancer, vol. 8, issue 1
- "Briar Witches," Aberrant Dreams, April 2008, co-written with Jessica P. Wick
- "Orpheus," Sybil's Garage no. 5, February 2008
- "X," Astropoetica, Summer 2007
- "On the Division of Labour," Mythic Delirium 16, Winter/Spring 2007
- "The Widow's Tale," Illumen, Spring 2007
- "Golem's Song," Abyss & Apex, July 2006
- "The Temptation of Little Red Ridinghood," Chiaroscuro, July 2006
- "West on the 148," Astropoetica, Spring 2006
- "Forfeit," Star*Line, July/August 2006
- "West o'the Moon," Star*Line, Sept/Oct 2005
- "Loki," Star*Line, July/August 2005
- Creature of the Borderlands, Interstitial Arts Foundation interview, by C.S.E. Cooney
- Outer Alliance Podcast #63, with Julia Rios, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and Mike Allen, discussing Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories.
- A Talk With Amal El-Mohtar, by Patty Templeton of Black Gate
- IslamSciFi Interview, by M. Aurangzeb Ahmad
- And Their Lips Rang with the Sun -- and Honey!, by Shveta Thakrar
- Mythologising the Every-Day, by Matt Kressel of Sybil's Garage.
- Drive-By Interview, by Angela Slatter
- Cabinet des Fées' Sheherezade's Bequest, by Deborah J. Brannon
- Bibliophile Stalker, by Charles A. Tan
- Super-Serkit Clubhouse, by Marshall Payne
- We Have Thumbs Podcast, by Emily Wagner (with Jessica P. Wick)
- The Footnote, by Adam P. Knave (with Jessica P. Wick)
- Cabinet des Fées' Grimmoire, by Erzebet YellowBoy (with Jessica P. Wick)
- Shimmer, Interview the Second
- Shimmer, Interview the First