Born in Sarajevo in 1980 where she still lives. Graduated at the Department of Philosophy and Sociology. She’s the author of the two collection of stories “The Anatomy of a Smile” and “Call Me Esteban”. She is also author of contemporary socially engaged drama “Ogress, or how I killed my family”.
Her second book “Call me Esteban” won “Edo Budiša Award” for best book of short stories, and was a short-listed nominee for the European Literature Prize in 2015. Besides that, Lejla won many literature awards for short stories and was awarded to various residences and fellowships.
Her stories are translated into English, German, French, Macedonian, Slovenian, Polish, Romanian, Albanian and Lithuanian. Writes prose, essays and reviews in various magazines and on web portals in B&H and EX-YU countries.