Ana Dao was born in Paris and spent her childhood in a number of countries with her father, a diplomat and her grandmother. She completed her education in Canada and for several years afterwards lived in Mali, working for various United Nations agencies. During the same period she produced and hosted a public-affairs talk show for Radio Kledu and wrote a column for the weekly newspaper Le Républicain. She left Mali for the United States at the end of 1993 and is now living working and writing New York. One of her short stories "A perfect wife" appeared in Opening Spaces- An anthology of Contemporary African Women¹s Writing and, is due to appear again in the upcoming Women Writing Africa project. Funded by Ford and Rockefeller Foundations to be published by the Feminist Press, the anthology is due later this year.