Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse was born in Rwanda in 1979 and fled to France in 1994 as a teenager. After studying political science, she worked abroad as a health program manager. She now lives in Bordeaux. Her first two short-story collections - Ejo & Lézardes - were winners of several literary awards and paint a vivid picture of her Rwandan generation and describe the experience of genocide survivors. Her first novel, Tous Tes Enfants Dispersés, a tale on transmission and métissage, was published in 2019 to critical acclaim. In 2019, she also published Après Le Progrès, a poetry collection.