Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Snowy train tracks flanked by trees under a blue sky, with the city of Toronto silhouetted in the distance.

Suddenly, Toronto

Dear Friends, I've written before about how much hospitality means to me, and how double-edged is my engagement with it:
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Against a blurred snowy background, close up on five drops of water clinging to a thorny horizontal red-green branch.

Letter of News: Early March Link Roundup

Dear Friends, I'm writing this from yet another white-out day of constant snow and craving a little more colour in
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A skeletal winter tree foregrounded against pure blue sky, with two silhouetted crows perched towards the top right branches.

AugurCon Keynote 2022: Up With the Birds

Dear Readers, What follows is the transcript – edited and condensed for clarity – of a keynote talk I was invited to
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Close up on a pinecone ornament dangling from a bare branch on a bright sunny day against a snowy background.

Letter of News: Columns of Witches Dressed as People

Dear friends, February's felt uncharacteristically long, and I think it's mostly been the snow. But today the sun touched my
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A fresh-baked sourdough boule, slashed such that a square of concentric flour circles sits decoratively atop the loaf.

Fresh Out of New Years

Dear Friends, I've often said that I feel there should be one full month between the end of December and
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A tangle of black branches blanketed in snow over a riverbank bordered by snow-topped boulders and tall snowy grasses.

Letter of News: Columns and Keynotes

Dear Friends, This is not the newsletter in which I talk about Twitter being gutted by a billionaire buffoon, or
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The sky meeting the sea in daylight, light blue against dark blue.

Wayward Missives

Dear Friends, I’m writing from the ocean. That’s probably incorrect, but it’s what it feels like: sky
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A grey day over Glasgow airport's airfield, glimpsed through a window on which the words "To travel hopefully" appear.

Travelling Hopefully

Dear Friends, I want to write about August, and how in my mind it's a red-gold month of lions and
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Cloudscape as seen from an airplane flying high above them: like if sand dunes were made of rushing white water.

I've looked at clouds from both sides now

Yesterday, I was in Ottawa; then very briefly in Halifax; now I am in Glasgow. The day's been cool, damp,
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A wild scattering of very pink rose petals in very green grass.

Tonight: An Evening with Far-Flung Friends

Dear Friends, I've been remiss in writing to you; I blink and a new Friday's rolled around, I blink again
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