Elsa Cross is a poet, critic, and professor of philosophy from Mexico City. She has been awarded the National Prize of Arts and Literature, the highest literary prize in Mexico. She has received many other poetry prizes in Mexico and in other countries including Canada, France, and Switzerland. Collections of her poetry have been translated into English, French, Italian, and other languages. Many of her books have been inspired by her stays in India and Greece, and by travels throughout her own country.