Gloria Gervitz was born in 1943 in Mexico City. In addition to writing Migrations, she has also translated the work of Clarice Lispector, Samuel Beckett, Anna Akhmatova, and other authors into Spanish. Her own work has appeared in a number of anthologies in Mexico and the United States and has been translated into several languages. In 2011, she was awarded the Mexico PEN Prize for Literary Excellence. She lives in California.