Author Archives: Amal El-Mohtar

Rich and Strange: “Nkásht íí” by Darcie Little Badger

In this week’s Rich and Strange I take a look at Darcie Little Badger’s “Nkásht íí,” published in Strange Horizons. Josie and Annie are friends in ill fortune, homeless runaways who offer to listen to people’s problems on the street. … Continue reading

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“Turning the Leaves” Wins the Rhysling Award

My birthday was this past weekend, and in addition to enjoying a fantastic evening of good food, good drink, and good friends sharing their art with me at an open-mic style celebration in my favourite cafe, my poem “Turning the … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “No Vera There” by Dominica Phetteplace

This week I look at a story from the ever-excellent Clarkesworld. “No Vera There” is one of those stories that simultaneously engages parts of my brain that appreciate very different things: in this case narrative and structure. There’s something supremely … Continue reading

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A List of Upcoming Life Events

The weather’s astonishing today, as Scotland endures an aptly named “weather bomb” of highly gusting winds and rain from skies alternating between ice-blue, wine-gold, and slate-black with disorienting speed. That last makes it particularly appropriate to talk about this year, … Continue reading

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Rich & Strange + NPR Best Books of the Year

This week’s instalment of Rich & Strange is up at Tor.com! I reviewed Max Gladstone’s “A Kiss With Teeth,” which was also published on Tor.com. That may seem odd at a glance, but when I agreed to host the column on Tor.com … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy” by Saladin Ahmed

This week at Tor.com I review Saladin Ahmed’s wonderful subversion of long-standing racism in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. “Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy” has a straightforward structure: using quotes from the Faerie Queene as a frame, it takes up … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “Stalemate” by Rose Lemberg and “Bonsaiships of Venus” by Kate Heartfield

This week’s column is up at Tor.com! A new issue of Lackington’s magazine, edited by Ranylt Richildis, went up this week, book-ended by two searingly beautiful meditations on the relationship between aesthetics and utility. This week on Rich and Strange, … Continue reading

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Goblin Fruit: SUMMER IS DEAD

A new issue of Goblin Fruit has landed! It contains poems by Lindsey Walker, Steffi Lang, Shweta Narayan, Lynette Mejía, Sara Norja, Lizzy Huitson, Mari Ness, Andrea Lam, Helen Marshall, CSE Cooney, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Canese Jarboe, and Neile Graham, as … Continue reading

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NPR Books Review: A Woman Without a Country

My review of Eavan Boland’s new poetry collection, A Woman Without A Country, is up at NPR Books. It’s wonderful. Here’s some of what I have to say about it: A Woman Without a Country is a collection in four … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White” by Maria Dahvana Headley

This week’s instalment of Rich and Strange is up at Tor.com! Here’s a taste: This story is pitch-perfect where tone, voice, and setting are concerned; reading it I felt awash in the kind of California sunlight that feels grim and … Continue reading

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