Ana Menendez was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Cuban exiles. She is the author of three books of fiction, In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, which was a 2001 New York Times Notable book of the year and whose title story won a Pushcart Prize, Loving Che (2004) and, The Last War, (2009). Since 1991, Ana has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, most recently as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. As a reporter, she has written about Cuba, Haiti, Kashmir, Afghanistan and India, where she was based for three years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Vogue, Bomb Magazine, Poets & Writers and Gourmet Magazine and has been included in several anthologies, including, Cubanisimo! and American Food Writing. She has a B.A. in English from Florida International University and an M.F.A from New York University. A former Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, she now lives in Amsterdam and Miami.