Saeide Mirzaei was born in a small, conservative town near the borders of Iran and Afghanistan. In 2011, after receiving a Master's degree in English from the University of Tehran, she moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she joined the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Alabama. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), where she's working on her interdisciplinary dissertation that combines knowledge and methodology from law, policy studies, history, cultural studies, literary studies, and linguistics. Her literary work has appeared in Slash Pine Magazine, China Grove, Contrary Magazine, Spry Literary Journal, Lunch Ticket, and Two Sisters Writing and Publishing. She writes to understand what it means to be human.