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 currently the recipient of a WestWords Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and is working on a poetry collection to be published next year.