Anna Lidia Vega Serova, born in Leningrad in 1968, is a painter and writer who lives in Havana. She has published novels, short story collections, poetry and children’s stories, and she has won many important literary prizes and competitions. Her books of short stories include Bad Painting (1998 and 2013), Catálogo de mascotas [Catalog of Mascots] (1999), Limpiando ventanas y espejos [Cleaning Windows and Mirrors] (2001), Imperio doméstico [Domestic Empire] (2005), Legión de sombras miserables [Legion of Miserable Shadows] (2005), El día de cada día [Every Day’s Day] (2006). Mirada de reojo [A Quick Glance] (2010), and Estirpe de papel [Paper Lineage] (2013), and her stories have been included in many anthologies. She has also published novels: Noche de Ronda [Nightly Rounds] (2002), Ánima fatua [Fatuous Spirit] (2007 and 2011). Her collections of poetry include Retazos de las hormigas para los malos tiempos [Ants’ Hoardings for Hard Times] (2004), and Eslabones de un tiempo muerto [Links to a Dead Time] (2006 and 2013). She is a member of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and her books have received many awards and literary distinctions in Cuba and in other countries.