A Canadian-born child of the Mediterranean, Amal currently resides in Scotland, in the company of two black and white cats and their pet Glaswegian. In her hours of rest she drinks tea, lifts weights, plays harp, and writes stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, and Damascene dream-crafters. Not usually all at once. “The Green Book” was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2011.
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 poems “Song for an Ancient City” and “Peach-Creamed Honey” have won the Rhysling award for Best Short Poem in 2009 and 2011 respectively, and in 2012 she received the Richard Jefferies Poetry Prize for “Phase Shifting.” She has also edited Goblin Fruit, an online quarterly dedicated to fantastical poetry, since 2006.
Amal also frequents Twitter, where she scribbles about poetry, race, feminism, numerous fandoms, and the minutiae of her every-day.