Laila Re is a poet based in Markham, Ontario. She escaped Kabul as a toddler with her family to Islamabad, Pakistan, before emigrating two years later to Canada in 1992 when she was five. She has lived in Toronto ever since. Laila has a BA in Psychology and a M Ed from York University. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Pieces to Peace, Soul Led, and Beauty and Love. Her personal essay "Kabul Dreams" was published in the anthology THE MUSLIMAH WHO FELL TO EARTH (Mawenzi, 2016).