Leila is a Chicago-born, Palestinian author and artist. She graduated from DePaul University in 2015 with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Arabic Studies. Leila's debut graphic novel, Baddawi, was shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards. Her creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugees, history, memory, and borders. She is also the founder of Bigmouth Press & Comix.