Saher Alam is the author of the novel The Groom to Have Been, which won the 2008 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She has a Master of Arts (specializing in fiction) from the Creative Writing Program at Boston University, and she completed her undergraduate study at Princeton University. She has held fellowships from Emory University, the Howard Foundation (Brown University), and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. She has over 13 years of experience teaching fiction writing, most recently at University College at Washington University and, prior to that, at Saint Louis University. In 2020, she received the Marion Horstmann Online Teaching Innovation Grant. As an instructor, Saher designs experiences that emphasize the interdependent, iterative nature of reading and writing and explore how one practice feeds the other—and she cultivates workshops that aim to help writers realize their individual visions.