Ana Paula Ribeiro Tavares (Lubango, province of Huíla, Angola, 30 October 1952) is a poet who began her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Lubango (ISCED- Institute of Sciences and Education), moving to Lisbon where, in 1996, she completed a Masters in African Literature. Currently living in Portugal, she is a Ph.D. candidate in literature and teaches at the Catholic University of Lisbon.
From 1988 to 1990, Tavares was a member of the Board for the National Award for Literature in Angola, and was also head of the Research Office of the National Center for Documentation and Historical Research in Luanda from 1983 to 1985. The poet is also a member of several cultural organizations, including the Committee of the Angolan International Council of Museums (ICOM), Committee of the Angolan International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and the Committee on Angola for UNESCO. Ana Paula Tavares's poetry and prose have been published in anthologies in Portugal, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden.