Ernesto Cardenal is a Nicaraguan theologian and poet. He is the author of more than thirty-five books, many translated into multiple languages. He has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Cardenal was an ordained Catholic priest from 1965 until 1983. He left the church to serve in the Sandinista government as Minister of Culture until 1987. He lives in Managua, where he is vice president of Casa de los Tres Mundos, a literary and arts cultural organization. His collection of poetry in English is The Origin of Species and Other Poems.