Joana Bértholo has a Degree in Communication Design and a PhD in Cultural Studies; she teaches and she has published several novels and short stories. She received the Maria Amália Vaz de Carvalho Prize in 2009 and was twice nominated for the Novos Prize, in the Literature category. Together with the choreographer Madalena Victorino, she worked on the dramaturgy of several plays; she also wrote nine plays for the Teatro das Compras Festival. Her doctoral thesis was published in English language by Routledge. She is working on a novel called Ecology.