Homero Aridjis is Mexican poet, novelist, environmental activist, journalist and diplomat known for his rich imagination, poetry of lyrical beauty, and ethical independence. Perhaps best known as the tireless defender of the monarcas, the stunning butterflies who migrate every year from Canada to Mexico, he was a forerunner of the environmental movement, as founder of the Group of 100 in 1985. Twice winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and recipient of multiple literary and environmental awards from Mexico and abroad, he has published more than 50 volumes of poetry and prose and hundreds of oped’s in defense of the environment and on other issues.
Homero Aridjis served as Mexico’s ambassador to the Netherlands and Switzerland and to UNESCO in Paris. For six years between 1997 and 2003 he was President of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers.