Layla Abdullah-Poulos [pen name: Lyndell Williams] holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate.
Abdullah-Poulos is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
She is the founder and managing editor of the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos and a cultural contributor for Radio Islam USA. She is a contributor to the online publications About Islam and Haute Hijab.
Abdullah-Poulos content edits for select authors and mentors aspiring writers across genres.
Under the pseudonym Lyndell Williams, she’s had numerous short stories published in collections and enjoys a growing list of subscribers to her Layla Writes Love online short story series.
She self-published her first interracial romance novel My Way to You. The novel made it onto four Amazon bestsellers lists its premiere weekend. She has been featured in The Muslim Journal, The Black Glue Podcast, Marilyn Vix, Romance Lives Forever, and Alt Muslimah.
Abdullah-Poulos is committed to the traditional use of literature as social commentary to affect positive social change.
Abdullah-Poulos is married and the mother of six children.