Cheeky Frawg Presents…Amal El-Mohtar’s The Honey Month

Jeff VanderMeer • October 4th, 2011 @ 7:07 pm • News

Honey Month

Ann and I are proud to announce our latest release, and the first of many Cheeky Frawg titles not by us: Amal El-Mohtar’s The Honey Month! We’ve added it to the temporary Cheeky Frawg website (new site coming soon), and updated the information on our other books.

You can buy The Honey Month at:

Weightless Books
Barnes & Noble

For the print version visit the publisher’s website.

Amal El-Mohtar’s The Honey Month, with an introduction by Danielle Sucher, ranks among the year’s most exquisite treasures. This beautiful volume of short fictions and poems takes as its inspiration the author’s tasting of 28 different kinds of honey, one per day. Each tasting leads to a different literary creation, each entry beginning with a description of the honey in terms that will be familiar to wine connoisseurs: “Day 3–Sag Harbor, NY, Early Spring Honey,” which has a color “pale and clear as snowmelt” and the smell “cool sugar crystals,” but also brings to mind “a stingless jellyfish I once held in my hand in Oman.” The taste? “…like the end of winter…[when] you can still see clumps of snow on the ground and the air is heavy with damp…” The differences between the types of honey allow El-Mohtar to move back and forth between the poetic and the more casually contemporary, with the experiment of the tasting as the unifying structure. A perfect gift, a hidden treasure, a delight for the senses.

Amal El-Mohtar is an Ottawa-born child of the Mediterranean, currently pursuing a PhD in English literature at the Cornwall campus of the University of Exeter. She has been nominated for the Nebula award, and is a two-time winner of the Rhysling award for Best Short Poem. Her work has appeared in a range of publications both online and in print, including Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Shimmer, Cabinet des Fées, Sybil’s Garage, Mythic Delirium, and Ideomancer, as well as in the anthologies Welcome to Bordertown and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. She also co-edits Goblin Fruit, an online quarterly dedicated to fantastical poetry, with Jessica P. Wick.


3 Responses to “Cheeky Frawg Presents…Amal El-Mohtar’s The Honey Month”

  1. Mike Allen says:


  2. Nebula Awards Interview: Amal El-Mohtar says:

    [...] PhD in English literature at the Cornwall campus of the University of Exeter. She is the author of The Honey Month, a collection of spontaneous poetry and prose written to the taste of twenty-eight different kinds [...]

  3. Black Gate » Blog Archive » A New Literary Fantasy Magazine: A Review of Lackington’s #1 says:

    […] from Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side collection or Amal El-Moktar’s poetry from Honey Month. The fact that those latter two authors are also in the debut issue gives you a sense of the force […]

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