Cleveland State University Anisfield-Wolf Fellow
Leila is currently in residence at Cleveland State University as the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing.
Leila’s chapbooks Tunsiya/Amrikiya (Bull City Press) and Ebb (Akashic Books) were released in April! Ebb was featured at Poetry Society of America and Tunsiya/Amrikiya has been reviewed in the Best American Poetry blog, The Journal, EcoTheo Review, and The Arab Weekly, featured in Frontier Poetry, The Coil’s “Most Anticipated April 2018 Books,” Book Riot’s “14 Recommended Books for Arab American Heritage Month and Poetry Month,” and Hyacinth Girl Press’ “2018 Holiday Chapbook Gift Guide,” and was Small Press Distribution’s #1 poetry best seller in April.
Leila was awarded second prize for Narrative Magazine‘s 10th Annual Poetry Contest, second prize for Frontier Poetry‘s Summer Poetry Award, runner up for Fifth Wednesday Journal’s Editor’s Prize, and finalist for Mid-American Review‘s James Wright Poetry Award and Indiana Review‘s Poetry Prize.
Kenyon Review’s Resistance, Change, Survival
Leila’s essay “On Fear in the Year of Trump” was included in the Kenyon Review’s online feature Resistance, Change, Survival.
Leila was included in Woke Africa’s 21 Best African Writers of the New Generation.
WATER /ماء : Trespassing Liquid Highways
Leila’s poem “Upon Realizing There Are Ghosts in the Water” was featured in the exhibition “WATER /ماء : Trespassing Liquid Highways.”
Bruce Beasley wrote a brilliant response to Leila’s poem “Morcellation.”
Leila’s poems have recently appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, Narrative, Tin House Online, Los Angeles Review of Books, Indiana Review, Southern Indiana Review, 32 Poems, Willow Springs, Crab Orchard Review, Mid-American Review, Passages North, fields, diode, and Frontier Poetry, which was listed as one of Entropy Mag’s Best of 2018 and translated into Dutch. Her work was also featured at Poem of the Week.