Homero Aridjis was born in Contepec, Michoacán, Mexico in 1940. Many of his 49 books of poetry and prose have been translated into fifteen languages (i.e. The Child Poet (Archipelago, 2016), News of the Earth (Mandel Vilar Press, 2017), A Time of Angels (City Lights Publishers, 2012)) and his writing recognized with important literary awards in Mexico, Italy, France, United States, and Serbia, including the Villaurrutia, Diana-Novedades, Grinzane Cavour, Premio Internazionale di Poesia Camaiore, Premio Elena Violani Landi, Roger Caillois, Smederevo Golden Key, Presea Generalísimo José María Morelos, and Erendira prizes. Formerly Mexican Ambassador to Switzerland, The Netherlands and UNESCO, during six years he was international president of PEN International. In March 1985, Aridjis founded the Group of 100, an association of prominent artists, intellectuals, and scientists devoted to environmental protection and defense of biodiversity.