Lejla Tricic holds a B.A. in English, a M.A. in English, and a MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction), all from California State University, Fresno. She was nominated for a Dean's Medal, the University's highest distinction within a college, as both an undergraduate and as a graduate. Besides winning the Dean's Medal as a graduate, she has also won a University Medal, a campus-wide distinction of a highest achieving student in all the university's colleges.
Lejla has been teaching writing, film, and literature for ten years at many institutions. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and research grants. When she has time, she reads classics and writes nonfiction essays, and she visits her native Bosnia with her family.