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Amal El-Mohtar

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

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