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, 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 is an active and passionate member of the city's literary community. She is one of the founders of Fuente Collective, an organization that facilitates experimentation, collaboration, and hybridity in writing and other arts. Her work is published or forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Winter Tangerine, Juked, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminal Stories, Mithila Review, Crab Fat Magazine, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a collection of interconnected flash fiction. Find her on Twitter under @frauleinlayla.