Hameeda Shaheen—an award-winning poet, prose writer, critic, and researcher—was born in Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan. She graduated with a master’s degree in Arts from the University of the Punjab, Lahore and joined the Punjab Education Department. She has been serving in the field of education for the last 32 years. She started writing poetry at an early age and rose to literary prominence in the 1980s. She has authored many poetry and prose books such as Dastak, Dasht e Wajood, and Zinda Hoon; prose books are Dosti (short stories), Meri Aapi (novella), Mubadiat e Islam, Harf Kay Roobaru (essays), to name a few. She is the recipient of several awards including Hakeem Muhammad Saeed Adabi Award, Aitbar e Fann Award, Nishan e Adab Award, and Bazm e Amal Award.