Fowzia Karimi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1980, after the Soviet invasion of the country. Fowzia has a background in Studio Art and Biology. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College, California. Her work explores the correspondence on the page between the written and the visual arts. Her illustrated debut novel Above Us the Milky Way was published by Deep Vellum in April 2020. She lives in Texas.