Koulsy Lamko was born in 1959 in Chad and exiled in 1983. A playwright, poet, and author of short stories, narratives, and screenplays, he has won many prizes for his writing. His plays have been produced throughout Africa and Europe and in Canada. Lamko founded the Kaleido Culture Project in Burkina Faso, and has led playwriting workshops and conferences in this capacity. From 1998 to 2002, he was director of the University Centre for Arts and Drama in Butare, Rwanda, and taught creative writing and performing arts at the National University of Rwanda. He currently lives in Mexico City.