APRIL & MAY 2017

Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing

Leila has been awarded the 2017-2018 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing! She will be moving to Madison, Wisconsin, in August and will teach creative writing workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Leila’s chapbook Tunsiya/Amrikiya was the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press! It is forthcoming in spring of 2018, and is available for preorder.


Leila was recently interviewed by the Fine Arts Work Center in ProvincetownGeosi Gyasi, Africa in Dialogue, and David Ishaya Osu.

National Poetry Month Video Project

Leila’s poem “Ode to Ugly Things” was included in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s National Poetry Month Video Project, read by Jessica Guess.

New Poems

Leila’s poems have recently appeared in Four Way Review, Pleiades, RHINO, fog machine and The Collapsar, and she has poems forthcoming in New England Review, The Shallow Ends, and Bettering American Poetry 2016.