Author and playwright Suzanne Dracius was born in Fort-de-France, Martinique, and grew up in Sceaux, a suburb of Paris. She later returned to Martinique as a professor of classical literature. In 1989 she published her first novel L’autre qui danse, the French original of The Dancing Other. In 2008 she published her first collection of poems, Exquise déréliction métisse, for which she won the Pris Fetkann. Dracius has been a visiting professor at the University of Georgia and Ohio University. In 2010 she won a Prix de la société des poètes français for her body of work.