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

Her writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, n+1, Hyperallergic, The Good Men Project, The Feminist Wire, and Idiom, among others. She has been a guest on Fusion's "Alicia Menendez Tonight" and on the n+1 podcast.