Leela Corman is an illustrator, cartoonist and Middle Eastern dancer. She studied painting, printmaking and illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and won a Xeric Grant for her first graphic novel, Queen’s Day. Her second, Subway Series, was published by Alternative Comics. Her latest, Unterzakhn, a graphic novel set in the tenements, brothels and vaudeville houses of the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century, was published by Schocken/Pantheon and has been nominated for The Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Eisner Award, and Le Prix Artemisia in France. Her short comics have run in Tablet Magazine, Symbolia, and The OC Weekly. In 2014, her comic "Yahrzeit" won a silver medal from the Society Of Illustrators.