Edem Awumey was born in Lomé, Togo. He is the author of MINA AMONG THE SHADOWS (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2020), DESCENT INTO NIGHT (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2017), Port- Melo (2006), which won the prestigious Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire; Les pieds sales (2009), which was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt in France; and Rose déluge (2011). The English translation of Les pieds sales, Dirty Feet (2011), was selected for the Dublin Impac Award. In 2006 Awumey was selected to be a literary protégé to the renowned Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun. Edem Awumey currently lives in Gatineau, Quebec.