Leyli Salayeva
Born in 1985 | Baku, Azerbaijan


2008: Productions and Operations Management, Azerbaijan State Oil Academy
2006: English Linguistics, Azerbaijan University of Foreign Languages

An associate of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers and the Poetry Society in the United Kingdom, Leyli Salayeva is a writer and performance poet. Leyli is one of the few Azerbaijani poets who writes and publishes in English. She writes on women's rights, sexuality, and gender equity in her works. Her poems and writings have appeared in several literary publications in the United Kingdom, Poland, Canada, and the United States. She's also collaborated on art projects with both local and global artists.

Her first collection of poems in English, Twelve Thirteen (2014), was devoted to her daughter. She has investigated herself and the environment around her, seeking explanations and achieving cosmic harmony. She keeps going to investigate the numerous aspects of the female spirit and existing obstacles a woman confronts in 'Youtopia' (2016), a poetry compendium straightforwardly influenced by discussions with seven women (a reference to Nizami Ganjavi's Haft-Paykar poem aka "Seven Beauties"). Leyli has turned the written phrase of "Youtopia" to life by combining poems with other media such as illustration, photography, calligraphy, and live performances at Natavan Gallery & Club, as well as the literary performance "Seven" on the platform of Yarat Contemporary Art Space.

Interaction with others is a source of motivation for Leyli. Her purpose is to make poetry more accessible, publicize it, and introduce it to those who do not read books. As a result, she is always exploring, and she has previously worked with the Yarat! Contemporary Art Space, the French Institute in Azerbaijan, the Goethe-Institut Azerbaijan, and others. Her cooperative work has been shown at Yay Gallery, Tbilisi Art Fair, ARTIM, and other venues.


“Zatilok” poetry book, 2020

“Unbrushed senses” artistic book, 2020

“Youtopia” poetry book, 2016

Dilber and Her Spoonful Journey
Kids Picture Book, 2015