Laia Jufresa (Mexico City, 1983) grew up in the cloud forest of Veracruz, Mexico, where water came from a well and electricity had to be stolen from the nearby highway, and spent her adolescence in Paris. In 2001, Laia moved to Mexico City and has been writing fiction ever since. She holds a BA in arts from the Sorbonne University and is currently pursuing a masters degree in illustration. In Mexico, she studied at Mario Bellatin’s Escuela Dinámica de Escritores (Dynamic School of Writers) and was awarded the two most important grants for young writers from the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas (The Foundation for Mexican Literature) and the FONCA (The Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts). Her work has been featured in anthologies such as Un nuevo modo, Antología de narrativa mexicana actual (A new way. Anthology of Mexican current narrative, UNAM, 2013), Muestra de literatura joven de México (Sample of young literature of Mexico, FLM, 2008) and Los mejores Poemas Mexicanos 2006 (The Best Mexican Poems 2006). Her book El esquinista was awarded an honorable mention in the National Prize for Short Story San Luis Potosí 2012. Laia also lived in Buenos Aires and in Madison, Wisconsin. She currently lives in Madrid, where she contributes to Letras Libres magazine and teaches online courses at the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana’s Creative Writing Program (PEC). Her debut novel, Umani (Literatura Random House, February 2015), will be translated into English and French and published by Oneworld Publications and Buchet Chastel, respectively.