My name is Laila (“Night”) Re (“Sun”) and I am a self-published author of two poetry books: Pieces to Peace and Soul Led . I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. I escaped as a toddler with my family from impending civil war to Islamabad, Pakistan as refugees. From the age of five, I was raised in Toronto, Canada. My mother was a journalist in Afghanistan, I give her all credit for my passion growing up reading and writing.
I earned three degrees at York University: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Education in Primary-Junior division, and a Masters of Education in Language, Culture and Teaching. My Major Research Paper was titled “Creative Action: Re-claiming Education and Freedom.” In 2016, I contributed a personal story to a anthology titled “The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth“, which shares the stories of 22 Muslim-Canadian women to reflect the diversity of our experiences.
I was involved as an organizer and founder of a few political justice groups on and off campus for several years. You may read one of my political speeches written from that time posted on Sons of Malcolm. I began freelance writing as a news contributor for an alternative, student-run campus newspaper called YU FREE PRESS in 2010. As a grassroots organizer for Afghans for Peace and co-founder of Afghans United for Justice, I co-wrote anti-war articles for major alternative news outlets.
I have co-written two press releases for Ricochet and Rabble addressing racism and sexism against anti-war Muslim women activists in Toronto news media. I also contributed news articles in 2015 to the alternative news site MediaBlackOut-USA. I began self-publishing my poetry collections in 2013 through CreateSpace. My poems have been re-posted by MediaBlackOut-USA and I was one of the women honoured by Dream Defenders annual Women History Month in 2015.