Layla Al-Bedawi is a fiction writer, poet, teacher, podcaster, zinemaker, and bookbinder (among other things). English is her third language, but she’s been dreaming in it for years. Born in Germany to Kurdish and Ukrainian parents, she currently lives in Houston, TX, where she is passionately involved in the city’s creative world. In early 2017, she co-founded Fuente Collective, an organization that facilitates experimentation, collaboration, and hybridity in writing and other arts. Her work is published in Bayou Magazine, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminal Stories, Mithila Review, Crab Fat Magazine, and elsewhere. She tweets as @frauleinlayla.