Ana María Shua (born in Buenos Aires, April 22, 1951) is an Argentine writer who has published over eighty books in numerous genres including: novels, short stories, micro fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature, books of humor and Jewish folklore, anthologies, film scripts, journalistic articles, and essays. Her writing has been translated into many languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, Bulgarian, and Serbian. Her stories appear in anthologies throughout the world. She has received numerous national and international awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is one of Argentina’s premier living writers. She is particularly known in the Spanish-speaking world on both sides of the Atlantic as “the Queen of the Microstory.”
Shua published her first book on poetry, El sol y yo, when she was fifteen years old, in 1967, for which she received the Honor Strip given by the Argentine Society of Writers. She studied at the University of Buenos Aires and obtained a master's degree in Arts and Literature. During the last military dictatorship in Argentina, often called the National Reorganization Process, she was exiled to France where she worked for the Spanish magazine Cambio 16. Once back in Argentina, she published her first novel, entitled Soy paciente, in 1980, for which she won an award given by Losada publishing house. In 1984, she published La sueñera, a collection of micro fiction. She has worked as a journalist, a publicist, and a screenwriter, adapting some of her writings. She has also written books for children, for which she received some international awards.