Ariel Urquiza was born in Argentina in 1972. He studied journalism and works as an English-Spanish translator. In 2013, his novel Ya pueden encender las luces was shortlisted for the Eugenio Cambaceres Prize of the National Library (Argentina). In 2016, his short-story book No hay risas en el cielo (presented as Ni una sola voz en el cielo) won the Casa de las Américas Prize. He has published various short stories in anthologies and magazines.