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Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar is a Canadian-born child of the Mediterranean, currently pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the Cornwall Campus of the University of Exeter. She received the 2009 Rhysling award for her poem "Song for an Ancient City," and has received a Nebula nomination for "The Green Book," a short story published in the Arab/Muslim issue of APEX magazine. Her work has appeared in many online and print publications, including STRANGE HORIZONS, WEIRD TALES, and IDEOMANCER. A full bibliography is available here: She also co-edits GOBLIN FRUIT, an online quarterly dedicated to fantastical poetry, with Jessica P. Wick. Find it online at Her work has appeared in many print and online venues, She drinks tremendous amounts of tea, plays the harp, and keeps a Livejournal somewhat tidy at

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
Amal El-Mohtar recommends
The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019)
Alix E Harrow
"The Ten Thousand Doors of January healed hurts I didn't even know I had. An unbearably beautiful story about growing up, and everything we fight to keep along the way."
Firebreak (2021)
Nicole Kornher-Stace
"Firebreak is a simmering scream, a pot bucking on a stove after all the water's boiled away. It's a fight song in praise of fierce friendship and the strength to endure."

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