Conceição Evaristo is a writer, fictionist, and essayist with a PhD in Comparative Literature from Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). Her first publication (1990) was in the series Cadernos Negros of the Quilombhoje group. She has seven published books, among them Olhos D’água (2015), winner of the Jabuti Award, and five works translated into English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. She was awarded the Master of the Peripheries Award, by Instituto Maria e João Aleixo (2018), Nicolás Guillén Literature Award by the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2018) and Jabuti Award for literary personality (2019).