Martha Bátiz was born and raised in Mexico City, but has been living in Toronto since 2003. Her articles, chronicles, reviews and short stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines in her homeland as well as in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Peru, Ireland, England, the U.S. and Canada. She holds a PhD in Latin American Literature, is an instructor of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto, and is a part-time professor at York University/Glendon College, where she teaches Spanish and Literary Translation. Her 2017 collection of stories, Plaza Requiem, has received wonderful critical acclaim in Canada and the U.S., made the CBC's list of 14 great Canadian collections to read to celebrate April’s Short Story Month, and won this year’s International Latino Book Award for Best Popular Fiction. She lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario.