Leila is a Chicago-born, Palestinian author and artist. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi (Just World Books 2015) was shortlisted for the 2015 Palestine Book Awards. Her creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugees, history, memory, and borders. Leila is currently a core member of For The People Artist’s Collective. She is also the founder of Bigmouth Press & Comix.
Leila’s comics educate and advocate for the rights of people who are in the most need of respect and support. Leila doesn’t shy away from complicated or controversial issues, and dives deep into our hearts by talking about these issues on a very human level. Leila’s art vibrates with both the urgency of the subject matter, and with her love for patterns and lively line work!