Fatemeh Shams was born in 1983 in north-east of Iran, in the province of Khorasan. A native of Mashhad, Fatemeh began to write poetry from the age of 15. She won the silver medal in the national Literature Olympiad in 2000. After finishing her degree in sociology in Tehran University, Fatemeh flew to England to pursue her post-graduate studies in London and then in Oxford. In 2009 post-election turmoil, Fatemeh and her family were targeted by the state for supporting Green movement. Since then Fatemeh has been forced to exile and has been active in social media network and Iranian intellectual community in exile. She won Jaleh Esfahani poetry award for the best young Persian poet in 2012. Her first book of poetry is published in 2013 under the title of '88'. The collection includes poems in both classical and modern forms.
Fatemeh is currently completing her doctoral work social history of Persian literature at University of Oxford, Wadham College.