JUNE & JULY 2017

Ebb

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.

Contests

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.

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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.

Tunsiya/Amrikiya

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.

Interviews

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.

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, & MARCH 2017

Brunel International African Poetry Prize

Leila is one of ten shortlisted poets for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. She is the first North African poet to be selected for the shortlist in the prize’s history.

The Rumpus Inaugural Poems

Leila’s poem “Motherland” appeared in The Rumpus’ inaugural poem series in response to the 2017 presidential inauguration.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

Leila’s winning poem “Confession” appears in the winter issue and online along with judge Marianne Boruch’s introduction.

Best of the Net 2016

Leila’s poem “While Reading the News About Orlando, I Hear the Call To Prayer” was selected for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net. It first appeared online in Rattle.

WOMR Poets’ Corner

Leila was interviewed for WOMR’s Poets’ Corner by Neil Silberblatt in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The interview is available online.

New Poems

Leila’s poems have recently appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Rumpus, Rattle, The Greensboro Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Raleigh Review, and she has poems forthcoming in The Georgia Review, West Branch, Poetry Northwest, Massachusetts Review, Four Way Review, and Waxwing.

OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, & DECEMBER 2016

Fine Arts Work Center

Leila is currently in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, as a 2016-2017 writing fellow.

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2016 Presidential Election

Leila released the poem “Okay When Are We Going” on Election Day in protest of Donald Trump’s candidacy and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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STORGY Magazine

Leila was honored as STORGY Magazine‘s inaugural poet. She has an interview and poem available online.

Moledro Magazine

Leila appeared in the recent issue of Moledro Magazine as a featured poet alongside Javier Zamora and Paige Lewis. Three of her poems can be found in the issue here.

Muslim Christmas

Leila recently adapted her poem “Muslim Christmas” into a visual poem. The poem first appeared in Linebreak.

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New Poems

Leila’s poems have recently appeared in Narrative MagazineIndiana Review, Rattle, Spoon River Poetry Review, Moledro Magazine, and STORGY Magazine, and she has poems forthcoming in The Rumpus, Pleiades, The Greensboro Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and RHINO Poetry.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

Leila’s poem “Confession” won the 2016 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest! Judge Marianne Boruch wrote, “This poet has managed both to honor and upset convention in a most kickass-lively way.” Her poem will appear in the winter issue.

 

Narrative Magazine

Leila’s poem “Muslim Girlhood” was awarded third place in Narrative Magazine’s Eighth Annual Poetry Contest!

 

Best of the Net

Two of Leila’s poems have been nominated for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net: “While Reading the News About Orlando, I Hear the Call to Prayer,” published in Rattle, and “Beginning,”published in American Literary Review.

 

Literati Bookstore

Leila did a mini-interview with Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she read with poet Tracey Knapp.

 

New Poems

Leila has poems forthcoming in Ploughshares, Tin House, Narrative, and Rattle.

AUGUST 2016

Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below 30

Leila was recognized on Narrative Magazine‘s 2016 list of writers under the age of 30.

 

Spoon River Poetry Review

Leila’s poems were awarded First Runner-Up and Honorable Mention for Spoon River Poetry Review’s 2016 Editors’ Prize! “Ramadan Aubade” and “Autumn Aubade with Pigeons” will appear in the winter issue.

 

New Poems

Leila’s poems have recently appeared in The Missouri Review, Nashville Review, and Reservoir, and she has poems forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review.

MARCH 2016

Dickinson House

Leila has received a 2016 Fellowship from the Dickinson House and will be heading to Belgium this May!

 

Prizes

Leila’s poem “Anti-Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness” was a commended poem for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize, and her poem “…Erm, What is His Name Again?” was a finalist for the 2015 Best of the Net.

 

New Poems

Leila’s poems have recently appeared in North American Review, The Collagist, and American Literary Reviewand she has a poem forthcoming in Winter Tangerine.