Leila is a Palestinian author and artist born in Chicago and currently living in Detroit. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi (Just World Books 2015) was shortlisted for the 2015 Palestine Book Awards and has been translated into three languages. She is also the author and Illustrator of The Opening (Tosh Fesh, 2017) as well as a number of zines and short comics.

Her creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugees, history, memory, and borders. She is co-founder of Maamoul Press, a multi-disciplinary collective for the creation, curation, and dissemination of art by marginalized creators whose work lies at intersections of comics, print making, and book arts.

Leila earned her MA in Modern Middle Eastern & North African Studies from the University of Michigan in 2020, where she was a two-time FLAS Fellow. Her research focused on Palestinian futurist art and literature and post-national imaginaries. She is currently a contributing writer at Palestine Square, the blog of the Institute for Palestine Studies.

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Leila has been seen in: Hyperallergic, VICE News, Salon, Al Araby, Jadaliyya, LA Review of Books, The Electronic Intifada, Middle East Monitor, The Rumpus, follow the halo, The Riveter, and Your Middle East.