Laila is an editor, writer, scholar, and translator born in Havana and based in New York. She is the Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Rail and holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. 

Laila's writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Railn+1, Hyperallergic, The Good Men Project, The Feminist Wire, the Miami Rail, and Idiom, among others.