One of the leading figures in Latin American literature, Homero Aridjis was born in 1940 in the village of Contepec in Michoacán, Mexico. "A visionary poet of lyrical bliss, crystalline concentrations and infinite spaces," Aridjis has devoted his life to the nature of words and the protection of nature.
In the seventies, he was appointed ambassador to the Netherlands and Switzerland, but – in the tradition of Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes – soon resigned, becoming a troubadour for lost environments. In 1985, he founded the legendary Group 100, an environmentalist association of writers, artists and scientists. "Ecology is poetry."
In 1997, Aridjis was elected President of International PEN and re-elected for a second term in 2000.
He has published over thirty books, which include poetry Blue Spaces, The Exaltation of Light, and Eyes To See Otherwise, novels 1492 The Life and Times of Juan Cabezón of Castile and The Zone of Silence, and essays Apocalypse with Figures.
Homero Aridjis lives in Mexico City.