Cristina Rivera-Garza is the award-winning author of six novels, three collections of short stories, five collections of poetry and four non-fiction books. Originally written in Spanish, these works have been translated into multiple languages, including English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Korean. The recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature (Paris, 2013); as well as the Anna Seghers (Berlin, 2005), she is the only author who has won the International Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice, in 2001 for her novel Nadie me verá llorar (translated into English by Andrew Hurley as No One Will See MeCry ) and again in 2009 for her novel La muerte me da. She is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Houston, where she is launching the first PhD in Hispanic Studies with a Concentration in Creative Writing in Spanish nationwide.
She was born in Mexico (Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 1964), and has lived in the United States since 1990. She studied urban sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and received her PhD in Latin American history from the University of Houston. She has written extensively on the social history of mental illness in early twentieth-century Mexico, and published academic articles in journals and edited volumes in the United States, England, Argentina and Mexico. She received a Doctorate in Humane Letters Honoris Causa from the University of Houston in 2012.