Fine Arts Work Center

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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Dickinson House

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



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.


Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize

Leila was a guest at the Cork International Poetry Festival, where she was awarded the Gregory O’Donoghue prize and gave a reading. She spoke a bit about the festival and her experience in Deryn Rees-Jones’ workshop in an interview with RTE Radio 1.



Leila’s poem “Of Love, Sappho Wrote” was nominated by The Irish Examiner for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.


New Poems

Leila’s poems have recently appeared in Narrative, Rattle, and Day One, and she has poems forthcoming in CALYX and The Collagist.



Leila’s poems have been recognized by Southword Journal’s Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize (first place), Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest (second place), and North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize (honorable mention).


New Poems

Leila’s poems have recently appeared in Best New Poets 2015, poets.org, and Annunciation. She has poems forthcoming in Narrative, North American Review, American Literary Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Southword Journal.


Pushcart Prize Nominations

Two of Leila’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A sincere thank you to Nimrod for nominating “Momon Eats an Apple in Summer” and to Phoenicia Publishing for nominating “14, Sunday School, 3 Days Late.”