Angélica Freitas was born in Pelotas, Brazil, in 1973. She studied Journalism at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and worked for several years as a reporter in Porto Alegre and then São Paulo. She left Brazil in 2006, living temporarily in the Netherlands, Bolivia and Argentina, before returning to Pelotas, where she now lives. She is the author of two poetry collections, um útero é do tamanho de um punho (An Uterus Is the Size of a Fist) and Rilke Shake, which was translated into English by Hilary Kaplan, and won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award, granted by the University of Rochester, USA. She is also the author of a graphic novel, Guadalupe, and coedits the poetry journal Modo de Usar & Co. Her poems have been translated into French, German, Romanian and Spanish, and in English have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, Granta and Poetry, among other publications.