Natalio Hernández is originally from Naranjo Dulce, Ixhuatlán de Madero, Veracruz. He served as Assistant Director of the Office of Indigenous Education of the Secretariat of Public Education from 1978 to 1989. In 1993 he founded the organization Escritores de Lenguas Indígenas and served as its first President. In this same year he was designated "Distinguished Spokesman" by Nobel Peace prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú and collaborated with her in two World Summits of Indigenous Peoples. In 1997 he founded the Casa de los Escritores Indígenas and served as its first Director. He has received the Nezahualcóyotl prize for literature in indigenous languages (1997) and the Bartolomé de las Casas prize from la Casa de América de España (1998). He is currently a professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. His published books of poetry include Xochikoskatl/Collar de flores (1985), Ijkon ontlajtoj aueuetl/Así habló el Ahuehuete (1989), Yancuic Anahuac Cuicatl/Canto nuevo de Anáhuac (1994), Papalocuicatl/Canto a las mariposas (1996); Semanca huitzilin/Colibrí de la armonía/ Hummingbird of Harmony (2005). He has also published the collections of essays In tlahtoli in ohtli/La palabra, el camino. Memoria y destino de los pueblos indígenas (1998), El despertar de nuestra lengua (2003), and De la exclusión al diálogo intercultural con los pueblos indígenas (2009).