Maryam Azam spent most of her teenage years living in Blacktown. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Deans Scholars) from the University of Western Sydney, and graduated with Honours in Creative Writing in 2013. She also holds a diploma in the Islamic Sciences. Maryam is a primary school teacher in Kellyville and writes across the genres with a special interest in poetry.
She is the recipient of a WestWords Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and has appeared at Sydney Writers' Festival. In May 2018, her debut poetry collection The Hijab Files was published by Giramondo.