Yanick Lahens was born in Port-au-Prince in 1953. After attending school and university in France, After studying in France, she returned to Port-au-Prince and became a literature teacher and a political journalist, while also working for the Ministry of Culture on a project addressing the issue of slavery in Haiti. She currently directs a foundation dedicated to teaching sustainable development to the younger generation.
Today she is one of the most important figures of Haitian literature. She portrays the reality of the lives of men and women on the Caribbean island through her books. As of 2017, She has published three collections of short stories and five novels. Her first novel was published in 2000, and she won the prestigious Prix Femina for and 2016 French Voices Award.Moonbath in 2014.