JUNE & JULY 2017


Leila’s chapbook Ebb was selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, and will be published as part of the New-Generation African Poets chapbook series! It is forthcoming in 2018.

The Frost Place

Leila was the inaugural Lagniappe Scholar at The Frost Place Conference on Poetry.

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Leila was awarded a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for her first book manuscript-in-progress.

AWP 2018

Leila will be attending AWP in 2018 and will be participating on the panel “Hometown Nocturnes”—a reading by Arab American writers Fady Joudah, George Abraham, Tariq Luthun, and Zaina Arafat.


Leila’s poems were finalists in Third Coast’s 2017 Poetry Contest and Passages North‘s Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize.

What Now?

Leila’s 2-minute video about her post-MFA experience was awarded third place in Submittable’s What Now? contest.

Writer of the Week

Leila was one of Maudlin House‘s Writers of the Week.

New Poems

Leila’s poems have recently appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, RHINO, and Poetry Daily, and she has poems forthcoming in Los Angeles Review, Prairie Schooner, The Cincinnati Review, Third Coast, and Passages North.