Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar is an award-winning author, academic, and critic. Her short story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards and was a finalist for the World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Aurora, and Eugie Awards in the same year. She is the author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of 28 different kinds of honey, and co-author, with Max Gladstone, of This Is How You Lose the Time War, a queer epistolary spy vs spy love story. Her short fiction is forthcoming in BAX 2020 and has appeared on and in magazines such as LightspeedStrange Horizons, Fireside Magazine, and the Rubin Museum of Art’s Spiral, as well as in anthologies such as The Mythic Dream, The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales. She is the science fiction and fantasy columnist for the New York Times Book Review and teaches creative writing at the University of Ottawa. Find her online at, on Twitter @tithenai and on Substack at

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