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 poems “Song for an Ancient City” and “Peach-Creamed Honey” have won the Rhysling award for Best Short Poem in 2009 and 2011 respectively. 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.