Neyla Downs is the New York assistant. Before joining SLA in 2022, she taught English to French high schoolers in the small Loire Valley town of Vendôme. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and French from New York University, where she also attended the Summer Publishing Institute. During her time at NYU, she studied French linguistics and culture at NYU Paris and was awarded the NYU French department’s highest academic honor, the Prix d’Excellence. She is a former bookseller and a lifelong bookworm, with a special love for speculative stories that are grounded in real-world places and emotions.