Ana Menendez, the daughter of Cuban exiles, was born in Los Angeles. She is the author of two books of fiction, the novel LOVING CHE and the short story collection In Cuba I was a German Shepherd, which was a 2001 New York Times Notable book of the year and the title story of which won a Pushcart Prize. Her second novel, THE LAST WAR, is scheduled to be published in May 2009 by HarperCollins.
Since 1991, Menendez has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, including the last three years as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. As a reporter, she has written about Cuba, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and India, where she was based for three years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Republic, The New York Times, and Gourmet magazine, and has been included in several anthologies, including, CUBANISIMO!, edited by Cristina Garcia, and AMERICAN FOOD WRITING, a Library of America anthology edited by Molly O’Neill.
Menendez has a BA in English from Florida International University and an MFA from New York University. She is currently teaching at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, as a 2008–09 Fulbright Scholar.