Laila Re (b. Kabul, Afghanistan) is a novelist and poet based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
She's the self-published author of three collections of poetry: Pieces to Peace, Soul Led and Beauty and Love. Her poetry books were published through CreateSpace and are available for purchase on Amazon bookstore. Her personal essay "Kabul Dreams" was published in an anthology entitled "The Muslimah Who Fell To Earth" (Mawenzi House, 2016). Her debut novel, Nila the Bleeding Garden, is available now for order and published by Mawenzi House.
She escaped Kabul as a toddler with her family to Islamabad, Pakistan due to the Afghan Civil War. She spent two years in Islamabad before emigrating to Canada in 1992 when she was five years old. She has been raised in Toronto ever since.
Laila earned a B.A. in Psychology and B.Ed in Primary-Junior Education at York University. She was then awarded a full scholarship to study a M.Ed in Language, Culture and Teaching.
Currently, Laila teaches occasionally for a public school board.
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