Leila Abdelrazaq (b. 1992, Chicago) is a Palestinian author and artist. 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 creator of a number of zines and short comics.
Leila’s creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugeehood, history, memory, and borders. She earned her MA in Modern Middle Eastern & North African Studies from the University of Michigan in 2020, where her research focused on Palestinian futurist art and and post-national imaginaries.
Leila is currently interested in exploring the intersections between abolitionist frameworks and no-state liberations. Which I guess is a fancy way of just saying that statehood won’t save us, and it’s time to think of other solutions.
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.