Ana Clavel was born in Mexico City in 1961. She holds an M.A. in Latin American literature from UNAM. She is the author of the short story collections: Out of Scene (1984), Raving Loving People (1992), Trembling Paradises (2002), and the volume of collected short stories Love and Other Suicides (2012). She was awarded the National Short Story Prize Gilberto Owen in 1991, and the Silver Medal of the Société Académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres of France in 2004.
Some of her novels have been translated to English, French and Arabic. Violets Are Flowers of Desire was awarded the Prix Juan Rulfo 2005 organized by Radio France Internationale, and Nymphs Sometimes Smile was awarded the prestigious Spanish American Novel Prize Elena Poniatowska. Her books have originated diverse multimedia projects, including videos, photos, installations, performances, and acting elements.