Layla Al-Bedawi is a writer of fiction, poetry, and hybrid strangelings, a language and writing instructor, community builder, podcaster, and bookbinder (among other things). English is her third language after Russian and German, but she's been dreaming in it for years. Born in Germany to Kurdish and Ukrainian parents, she immigrated to the US in 2006 and currently lives in Houston, TX, where she co-founded Fuente Collective, an organization that facilitates experimentation, collaboration, and hybridity in writing and other arts. Her work is published or forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Juked, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminal Stories, Mithila Review, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter under @frauleinlayla.