Homero Aridjis

Former Mexican Ambassador to the Netherlands, Switzerland, & UNESCO; Poet, Novelist, Journalist

Homero Aridjis

Homero Aridjis is a poet, novelist, journalist, and environmental activist. He was previously Mexican ambassador to the Netherlands, Switzerland, and UNESCO.

Aridjis is the author of more than 40 collections of poetry and prose, including the award-winning Mirándola dormir and Memorias del nuevo mundo. His novels include 1492: The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castile The Lord of the Last Days: Visions of the Year 1000.

In 1985, Aridjis founded the environmental movement Grupo de los Cien (Group of 100) and he has taught at numerous institutions, including Columbia University, New York University, the University of Indiana, Bennington College, and Florida Gulf Coast University.

In addition to his diplomatic posts, Aridjis was president of PEN International from 1997 to 2003. His many honors and awards include the prix Roger Caillois, the John Hay Award from the Orion Society, the Golden Key of Smederevo prize for poetry, the Premio Letterario Camaiore Internazionale 2013, the Violani Landi University of Bologna poetry prize, and two Guggenheim Fellowships. 

Last Updated: June 4, 2018