Ana Paula Ribeiro Tavares, was born in 1952 in Lubango, Angola. After studying history at the local college, she later completed her studies in Lisbon. In 1996, she earned a Master’s degree in African History and Literature, and subsequently her doctorate. An historian as well as poet and writer of fiction and non-fiction, she is also involved in the research projects, such as Kongo-Teke, International Centre of Bantu Civilizations (C.I.C.I.B.A), the Inventory and collection of relevant documentation for the History of Angola in the Portuguese archives, and The Appropriation of Writing by Africans. She is an active member of various cultural and museum institutions in Portugal and Angola. Her poetry has been published in newspapers and periodicals, and her work anthologized in several countries. O Sangue da Buganvília (The Blood of the Bougainvillea), 1998, is a collection of texts often considered to be on the frontier between the short story and the chronicle. She is the recipient of the prizes Mário António de Poesia of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (2004), National Culture and Art Prize on Literature, Luanda (2007), and 57º Premio Letterario Internazionale Ceppo Pistoia (2013).