Fondas Ladis was born in 1943 in Sparta. He has worked as a journalist for newspapers and periodicals in Greece and abroad. During the Greek dictatorship (1967-1973) he lived and worked in Rome. He has written novels, children's literature, travel books, political and historical essays and volumes of poetry. His poems have been set to music by the internationally aclaimed composer Mikis Theodorakis and many other Greek composers. He is a member of the Greek Journalists Union and the Greek Composer and Lyricists Union and a founding member and president of the non-profit archive and historical research society Mnimes (Memories).