Ms. Layla Al-Bedawi

Texas, United States

Member Since: 08/14/2015

Layla Al-Bedawi is a writer, poet, language and writing teacher, 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. While she considers gorgeous West Virginia her US home state after spending her first years in the US in the TESOL and English Literature M.A. programs at WVU, she currently lives in Houston, TX, where she is passionately involved in the city's literary scene. In 2017 she co-founded Fuente Collective, an organization that facilitates experimentation, collaboration, and hybridity in writing and other arts. She also co-founded Writefest in 2015, a week-long festival for emerging writers of all genres, for which she acted as Festival Director in its first two years. Her work, which frequently blurs the lines between fiction and poetry, between realist and speculative, is published in Bayou Magazine, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminal Stories, Mithila Review, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter under @frauleinlayla. 


Twitter Username: @frauleinlayla


  • Those We Feed , Fireside Fiction (January 2018)
  • The Scratch Inside Your Chest , Strange Horizons (October 2017)
  • Lineage , Bayou Magazine (May 2017)
  • Propagation , The 2017 Rhysling Anthology (April 2017)
  • Two Half Hitches , Mithila Review (April 2017)
  • To Escape The Witch's House , Liminal Stories (October 2016)
  • Propagation , Strange Horizons (April 2016)
  • Why Do I Write Fiction , ArtHouston Magazine (March 2016)
  • While I Wait , Fantastic Stories of the Imagination (January 2016)
  • Ward , Crab Fat Magazine (November 2015)
  • Waste of Space , Flash Fiction Magazine (October 2015)
  • Midgut Rock , The Molotov Cocktail Prize Winners Anthology (July 2015)


  • Co-Founder at Fuente Collective

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry