Fariba Shadloo was born in 1985 in Mashhad, Khorasan Province in Iran. She studied midwifery and worked as a midwife in Mashhad hospitals for a few years. She also worked for local newspapers and student journals as a literary editor. She then went on to study Persian language and literature. Her poetry has been published in journals and was included in an anthology of poetry from contemporary Khorasan called Horses Never Wear Scarves. In 2012, her (as yet unpublished) first collection of poems, If You Were Here, Today Would Have Been Saturday, won second prize in the prestigious independent Journalists' Poetry Award. She lives in Mashhad.