ANDREA BLANQUÉ, born in Montevideo, is collaborator of El País Cultural, the Uruguayan supplement of El País. She has edited anthologies of short stories and published books of poetry, including Canción de cuna para un asesino (1992) and El cielo sobre Montevideo (1997), and the books of stories No fueron felices (1990) and Querida muerte (1993). The story included here was only published in the anthology Esas malditas mujeres(1998).
MARILYN BOBES, born in Havana, has worked as a journalist at La Prensa Latina and is vice president of the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba. She has published books of poetry, including La aguja en el pajar (1979) and Hallar el modo (1989), and is considered one of the most talented contemporary writers. Her book of stories entitled Alguien tiene que llorar(1950) won the Premio Casa de las Américas. Much of her work has been translated in the United States and in European countries.
CARMEN BOULLOSA, born in Mexico City, has published many novels, including Antes (1989), Llanto (1992), Duerme (1994), Cielos de la tierra (1997), and Treinta años (1999). Her novel La milagrosa (1994), which has been translated into English, won the Frankfurt Literature Prize in 1996. She has lectured widely in the United States, held the Latin American chair for January 2001 at the Sorbonne, and has since been in residence as a visiting scholar at the New York Public Library and at New York University. She has written several plays for her theater in Coyoacán (Mexico City) and a collection of poems entitled La Delirios (1998).
FANNY BUITRAGO, born in Baranquilla, Colombia, has written many novels, including Cola de zorro (1970), Los pañamanes (1979), and Los amores de Afrodita (1983), and collections of short stories: La otra gente (1973), Bahía Sonora (1975), and ¡Líbranos de todo mal! (1989). She is also the author of such works of children’s literature as Cantos del palomar(1988) and La casa del verde doncel (1990).