Leila Christine Nadir is an Afghan-American undisciplined storyteller, creative researcher, multi-species kin-maker, and eccentric educator. Her award-winning artworks and essays explore ruderal ecologies, ancient food practices, and geopolitical histories with the aim of lightening the load of intergenerational trauma. Through practices of memory, feeling-perception, and the visceral imprints of everyday life, she attempts to remediate geopolitical, family, and cultural amnesias. Her work has appeared in museums, galleries, performances spaces, literary journals, popular magazines, and scholarly publications worldwide. Her latest project, Afghan Americana, is about the wars that rage within and beyond the family. A coming-of-age memoir, Afghan Americana tells Leila’s story of becoming an international multicultural spy at ten years old to survive her Afghan Muslim Slovak American semi-Catholic childhood in a small rural conservative town in Western New York State.