Yara Monteiro is a writer, artist and activist who was born in Angola and grew up in the South Bank of Lisbon. Her family roots are in the Central Plateau of Angola and in Northern Portugal. Her debut novel Essa dama bate bué!, published in 2018 (Guerra e Paz Editores), approaches subjects such as identity, gender, colonialism and diaspora. Yara is a regular guest speaker at universities and events to talk about afroeuropean narratives, post memory, creativity, identities and feminism. She holds a degree in Human Resources and has worked in the field for fifteen years.

Yara has a scriptwriting course from ACT (Lisbon) and a Contemporary Art course from Sotheby’s (London). She is a radio cohost at “Avenida Marginal” (RDP Africa) and is part of the management team of INMUNE – Portuguese Black Woman Institute. Yara lived in Luanda, London, Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro and Athens. She now lives in the countryside of Portugal.